Peterson vs. Holt Tonight

By Clarence George on February 22, 2013
Peterson vs. Holt Tonight
Will Lamont Peterson's hometown advantage help? Well, like chicken soup, it can't hurt.

A championship bout tonight, February 22, at the DC Armory between junior welters Lamont Peterson and Kendall Holt. At stake, Peterson’s IBF strap.

Twenty-nine-year-old Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) is a nine-year pro, who’s never been stopped. His only loss came by unanimous decision against Timothy Bradley in 2009. He drew once, against Victor Ortiz in 2010. “Havoc” last fought in 2011, stopping Victor Manuel Cayo by 12th-round KO in July and defeating Amir Khan by split decision in December. His win over Khan, in which he took the WBA and IBF titles, was controversial due to questionable refereeing. A rematch was scheduled for May 2012, but was canceled because Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Peterson has since been stripped of his WBA belt. He had also been stripped of his IBF. But that sanctioning body, in its wisdom (or something), reinstated it.

Holt, 31 (28-5-0, 16 KOs), is a 12-year ring veteran. He last fought in March 2012, stopping Tim Coleman by second-round TKO. His five losses have come at the hands of Thomas Davis in 2004, Ricardo Torres in 2007, Bradley in 2009, Kaizer Mabuza in 2010, and Danny Garcia in 2011. “Rated R” has been stopped three times—by Davis via first-round TKO, by Torres via 11th-round TKO, and by Mabuza who retired him in the sixth. Bradley beat Holt by unanimous decision, while Garcia took care of business via split decision.

Will Peterson’s hometown advantage help? Like chicken soup, it can’t hurt. But how much will he need it? Holt’s a good counterpuncher, but will that be enough? True, Peterson must be rustier than the Tin Man before Dorothy applied the oil—the champ hasn’t fought in 14 months (though Holt, too, hasn’t entered the ring in almost a year). My guess is he’ll be on the defensive in the early rounds, working out the kinks, but will start taking it to Holt around the fifth, and will begin dominating in the last three or four.

A see-saw match at times, but Peterson will be just good enough to eke out a win by either split or tight unanimous decision.

Peterson winning tonight might just get him back in the swim; maybe get him a shot at power-punching Lucas Matthysse.

The IBF and the Washington DC Boxing Commission have assigned three solid judges to Peterson vs. Holt. According to the Pod Index, Glenn Feldman, Alex Levin, and Michael Pernick are highly ranked in world-title matches.

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  1. bk don 02:24pm, 02/22/2013

    Kudos to ESPN boxing for actually paying a few extra bucks to put on a good fight. I hope the ratings show them that putting good programming on, though more costly, pays off in the end. I like Lamont to decision Holt in a fairly close fight.

  2. the thresher 01:13pm, 02/22/2013

    Lamont better be careful of Holt’s hook. It has KO pop.

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