Lamont Peterson Gives his Thoughts on Facing Errol Spence Jr.
January 16, 2018
Anthony Saldana (58 articles)
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Lamont Peterson Gives his Thoughts on Facing Errol Spence Jr.

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

 

This Saturday January 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York the former 2 division world champion Lamont ‘Havoc’ Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO’s) will look to shock the boxing world as he takes on Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KO’s) live on Showtime. Spence will be making the first defense of his IBF welterweight title as he goes up against the seasoned, savvy veteran in Peterson.

 

At 33 many in the boxing community feel that Peterson’s best days are behind him. Peterson however knows he can prove the naysayers wrong. Earlier this week Supreme Boxing spoke with Peterson about his upcoming fight with Spence Jr. and Peterson stated “The older I’m getting, the smarter I’m getting, and the more I’m taking away from my training camp. Plus moving up to welterweight has really helped me a lot, I’m in the best condition in my life and I’m ready to go out and get this victory.” Peterson gives much of the credit of being able to continue to fight at an elite level to technology. “Today’s recovery is so much more advanced, it helps prolong our career, I can train as long as I need to and as hard as I want because of the advancement in the recovery technology. Back in the days they didn’t have the equipment we do now, they fought more and that put a lot of wear and tear and their bodies.” Stated Peterson.

 

Lamont Peterson and Errol Spence are also no strangers to each other inside or outside of the ring and are in fact good friends. “While Spence was getting ready for the Olympics, I was getting ready to fight Amir Khan for the championship, Freddie Roach and my coach Barry Hunter thought it would be good for some professionals to help Errol out to get him ready for the Olympics. So myself, Kid Chocolate, Anthony Dirrell and few other professionals came out. At that time I wasn’t looking to beat Errol up, knock him out or win. I was there to just help him out and give him some of my knowledge from my international amateur days” Stated Peterson. “Errol and I got in quite a few good rounds, he was a solid fighter for his age, and I knew one day he was he was going to be a world champion.

 

Both Peterson and Spence also mirror each other in size. When this writer spoke to Peterson about a game plan, Peterson stated “I like to have a few game plans, because everyone knows we’re both great inside fighters, but Errol can box he’s got a good jab and good foot movement, and if I’m in an uncomfortable position and I have to step out and box I will. I also don’t want it seem like I’m running away so I’m gonna mix up my tactics.”

 

Leading up to big matchup one thing that’s not happening is the trash talk. “Boxing is a business” stated Peterson. “There is no hard feelings either way, I like Errol and I care about him. But he’s a fighter and I’m a fighter and we don’t have to mad at each other to do our job. We’re going to get in that ring fight, and someone is going to win and then we’ll move on. Once we’re in that ring we’ll both give it our all and regardless of what happens we’ll still be friends afterwards.”

 

Peterson is a really good fighter, but can he be considered great? Fight fans will have to wait for Saturday to find out as a victory over Spence would elevate Peterson’s name to one of the best boxers in the welterweight division. Peterson definitely has a better resume than Spence and has been in the ring with the likes of  Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Tim Bradley, Danny Garcia, and Felix Diaz to name a few but Peterson but has’t always come up victorious. Spence on the other hand looked really sluggish for the first six rounds in his championship bout with Kell Brook last May, and will need to look really impressive in a victory over Peterson if he wants to become a superstar in a stacked welterweight division. No matter of the out come I believe fight fans will witness a dogfight while it last. My prediction, Spence by late round TKO.

 

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