Lamont Peterson, aka King Pete, is back this Saturday and he has a point to prove.
He looks to be in great shape and various clips of him on social media have shown how intense his training regime has been. He’s preparing for that lethal onslaught of body shots as well as slick movement, speed and accuracy of an unbeaten young hungry fighter. He has to be in the best shape of this life and mentally ready as he is challenging, what most claim to be the real deal and heir to the 147 pound crown, Errol Spence.
A fascinating match up with two very talented fighters, both in their prime, and looking to elevate their respective careers to the next level.
Peterson has had his ups-and-downs in his career but will he be up for the challenge this coming weekend?
Peterson has won titles at 140 and 147 pounds and faced top competition in both divisions against names such as Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley. The Amir Khan fight was very controversial and many thought Peterson was lucky to get the decision, however, against Garcia he was on the unlucky end of the judges scorecards.
Peterson actually relinquished the 147 pound WBA title that he won last February to challenge Spence and has actually faired well at the Barclays winning four of his last five fights there.
A dynamic and skillful fighter who is very similar in terms of attributes to Spence, Peterson still has a lot to give to the sport. Having shared training camp with Adrien Broner, this seasoned veteran still has the hunger to challenge the best and be a relevant name in this talent-laden division.
“I’ve stayed in the gym and I’m ready to go. This is a fight I wanted and as I said before when I became a welterweight, I want to fight the best and make the fights that people want to see. I’m ready to give it my all and give the fans a great show.” Peterson said.
Can King Pete pull of a victory this weekend and reclaim his name and credibility in the 147 pound division?
Tune into Showtime this coming Saturday 1/20 to find out.