The Thrill of Victory…

By Ted Sares on February 23, 2013
The Thrill of Victory…
Sometimes you wish both warriors could be winners but that was not to be in DC last night.

By now the story of Lamont Peterson’s rise from street despair and poverty to a world title is old news and I sense he wants that part of his life…

“This fight (Holt vs. Peterson) features the kind of urgent desperation surrounding two top fighters that can produce electricity. For fans, it’s finally a ‘Friday Night Fights’ installment that is worth staying up for.”—David Matthews

By now the story of Lamont Peterson’s rise from street despair and poverty to a world title is old news and I sense he wants that part of his life behind him. And so, of course, is the story of how trainer Barry Hunter took in the Peterson brothers and became their surrogate father setting them on the right path.

That said, when referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight last night at just the right time, the look on Lamont’s face was one of sheer joy as he headed to the middle of the ring to celebrate. And so was the look of trainer Hunter as he headed alongside the ropes to join in on the celebration. Their tandem joy was spontaneous; it was a scene that was as memorable as any I have seen. If a photographer captured it, he or she will win an award.

The Agony of Defeat

Equally poignant was Kendall Holt’s look as he took a brutal beating in front of his young son. Kendall, like Lamont, also rose from poverty and foster homes to a world title—and like Lamont, he wears his emotions on his sleeve. What you see is what you get. However, in boxing there are only winners and losers. Sometimes you wish both warriors could be winners but that was not to be in D.C. last night.

As Lamont shook off the rust and finally worked his way inside which is his comfort zone, he broke his New Jersey opponent down with crunching body work setting Holt up for the inevitable ending—and Lamont is a vicious closer.

Peterson vs. Holt was a must-win fight for both men. Lamont won and now the sky is the limit. For Kendall Holt, he now must now start the long and tortuous journey back; that is, if he decides to.

As an aside, this was one worth staying up for and will go into my memory bank.

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  1. the thresher 08:08pm, 02/25/2013

    I think Matthysse wins by KO with a shot to the jaw.

  2. Don from Prov 11:57am, 02/25/2013

    What about body work vs. body work: Peterson and Matthysse?

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