Peterson Outpoints Avanesyan

By Robert Ecksel on February 19, 2017
Peterson Outpoints Avanesyan
Peterson sent a message to the naysayers. (Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)

“I felt pretty good. Energy was there. I took some steps forward tonight. We’re looking to get back in camp and keep moving…”

Saturday night at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, former 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs), from Washington, DC, outpointed reigning and defending champion David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs), from Pyatigorsk, Russia, to win the WBA World welterweight title by unanimous decision.

The final scores were 115-113 and 116-112 twice.

Peterson, fighting out of the red corner in purple and black trunks, had not fought in 16 months and was making his welterweight debut. He is a wily veteran, satisfying dispassionate, who has forgotten more about boxing than most fighters ever know. A fistic clinician of the first order, he has also fought the best of the best.

Fighting out of the blue corner in white trunks trimmed in red and green, Avanesyan is five years younger than Peterson. His only loss was in his second fight dating back to 2009. He debuted in the West in 2014, and with the exception of Shane Mosley in his last fight, his second bout in the U.S., the majority of his fights were against unknown Russians in Russia.

It was an inside fight fought at close quarters by two evenly matched fighters. Peterson took the first and last third of the fight. Avanesyan won the middle rounds. Stylistically they are similar. Peterson is more athletic. His punches have more pop. Avanesyan is more likely to let it all hang out until he drops from exhaustion (he has never been dropped by a punch).

Working off a textbook jab, Peterson landed upstairs and down almost at will. He could have fought at a distance and made it easy on himself, but Peterson wanted to fight on the inside. In so doing he not only made a fight of it. He also sent a message to the naysayers.

Avanesyan does everything well if nothing exceptionally. Peterson was there to be hit, and the soon-to-be former champion did his share of hitting. But there was a level of skill, a degree of concentration at which Peterson excelled, and that excellence grew more evident as the fight entered the championship rounds.

The final punch stats reveal that Peterson landed 228 of 743 total punches thrown (31%) to 182 of 756 (24%) for Avanesyan.

Peterson also landed more power shots, 188 to 156, and more jabs, 40 to 26, and at a higher percentage.

It was a great performance, however, by both men.

“I expected to put pressure on him the way he did,” said Peterson after the fight. “I didn’t think he would fight back as hard as he did. He showed he’s a champion and shows he’s at this level. I want to fight anyone in the welterweight division now.”

Avavesyan thought he edged it. It was a close fight. A couple of rounds could have gone either way.

“I thought it was a close fight and I thought that I was landing my punches more cleanly while his punches were being blocked,” said Avanesyan. “Lamont is very good but I thought the judges were impressed with his movement, but I had the power.”

The new WBA welterweight champion is savoring the victory, but won’t surrender his momentum.

“I felt pretty good, felt strong,” said Peterson. “Energy was there. I took some steps forward tonight. We’re looking to get back in camp and keep moving.”

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  1. Koolz 04:44pm, 02/25/2017

    Oh yea Bute. I remember when this guy was knocked out by a chest shot from GGG in the amateurs and well remember that KO from Froch.

  2. Koolz 03:57pm, 02/25/2017

    McDonnel vs Vargas!  This is the one I was waiting to see this was really
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  4. Koolz 02:29pm, 02/23/2017

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  5. Koolz 12:45pm, 02/23/2017

    Didn’t watch the Peterson fight but did just watch this!

    I have been watching Bivol for a while…man he shines here!
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  6. Kid 07:10am, 02/22/2017

    Clinic on in-fighting, a lost art

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