Lamont Peterson Strikes Gold

By Robert Ecksel on January 28, 2013
Lamont Peterson Strikes Gold
"This is a decision he made. Lamont is very capable. He understands this business."

Lamont Peterson is a cool customer. He has been through too much during his 29 years to get worked up over much…

It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs), who has been to hell and back more times than anyone can count, has decided to let bygones be bygones and has signed a second time with Golden Boy Promotions. For a fighter who not long ago was vilified—writers were chomping at the bit to be the first wag to call him Cheaterson—it’s an affirmation that he’s not someone to denigrate, but someone to respect.

At a press conference in Washington, DC earlier today, Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy, said, “We are thrilled that Lamont Peterson will be joining Golden Boy Promotions. We know firsthand what Lamont Peterson can do, as he’s been in the ring with our fighters Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz. We know that he is the kind of individual that will be an asset to our team and great competitor in the 140-pound weight class.”

Those are generous words from De La Hoya and must have been music to Lamont’s ears, given his history with Golden Boy Promotions and the bad blood that ensued after he defeated King Khan. For those with short memories, it was not one of boxing’s finer moments. Amir Khan was railing about some cat in a hat tampering with the scorecards, and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer mentioned “home cooking” more times than a restaurateur pushing a blue plate special.

Peterson is a cool customer. He has been through too much during his 29 years to get worked up over much, but he admitted to being “excited about signing with Golden Boy Promotions and the opportunity to work with them again. Being with Golden Boy really gives me the chance to make the best fights available in my weight class. I want to fight the best in the world at 140 and I know it can happen as a member of the Golden Boy team. I am optimistic that this is a decision that will help further my career.

“We boxers are always trying to please our fans. We want to give them the best fights we can. In order to do that one needs to have the best promoter in the market so you can get the best fights you can.”

I spoke with Andre Johnson, one of the four horsemen that comprise Team Peterson, to ask about the signing and what it means to Lamont and his career.

“We were with Golden Boy and they released us from our contract prior to the fight with Victor Cayo,” he said. “When we won the Cayo fight it forced the mandatory with Amir Khan. It was a fight that no one gave us a chance of winning, so much so that they even staged the fight in Lamont’s hometown. That’s how confident they were that Khan would win. So when we won that fight, which they thought we never could, total hell broke out and everything surrounding it.”

Andre Johnson caught his breath before continuing.

“So now, now it’s very interesting. We have the IBF. Danny Garcia still has the WBC and WBA. Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse—I mean this is a packed weight class where all these guys can fight round robins and it won’t be any problem because they all have the same promoter. This gives Lamont the opportunity to make the fights he wants to make in the weight class he’s in, and Golden Boy has the most fighters with names, where he can get the biggest purses and actually fight the best at 140, which is something he really wants to do.”

I asked if Lamont was happy with the decision.

“This is a decision he made. One thing about Lamont, he is very capable. He understands this business. He’s very skilled and knowledgeable. He understood what this decision meant, why it was significant that he do this, what it means to his career, and he thought about it long and hard. The negotiations happened at the end of the year, and I’ll be honest, there was an opportunity for him to take a fight with Golden Boy right away. But because of the kind of individual he is, he wanted to honor his commitment to the IBF, even though he’s not going to make a great deal of money fighting Kendall Holt. But that’s the right thing to do, and that’s the kind of guy we’re talking about.”

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  1. the thresher 06:12am, 01/29/2013

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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