Lamont Peterson To Make Announcement Regarding Boxing Career
According to a January 25th press release, IBF Junior Welterweight Champ Lamont Peterson is set to make what is being called “a special announcement regarding his boxing career” on Monday January 28th. Peterson has not fought since 2011 when he defeated then champ Amir Khan in a controversial split decision. The rematch planned for May 19, 2012 was cancelled following Peterson’s positive test for synthetic testosterone. Peterson has been stripped of the WBA 140-pound title as a result of the failed pre-fight drug test, but still held the IBF Light Welterweight title which he was scheduled to defend against Kendall Holt at the DC Armory on February 22, 2013 as part of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”.
Interestingly enough, for a fight scheduled to happen in less than a month, there has been zero promotion of the fight and no details in regards to ticket sales. The vague press release and the lack of discussion about the fight leave the possibility of the fight being canceled entirely which would be a hit on a DC fight scene looking host another fight. The controversy following the first Peterson and Khan fight was another black eye on boxing in the nation’s capital. Prior to the first Peterson/Khan fight, DC had not hosted a major fight card since Mike Tyson ended his career in a terrible loss to Kevin McBride in 2005. More details will come out on Monday, but it appears that the fight may be off.