Arum: Contracts have been sent to Bradley-Peterson for December 15th fight
By Allan Fox: It looks as if a needless rematch between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) and Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) will be taking place on December 15th despite the two of them having already fought previously with Peterson getting embarrassed in a one-sided thrashing in 2009. The Peterson-Bradley rematch, if it’s gets taken care of, will be taking place at the Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
Top Rank promoter, who promotes Bradley, is reporting that he sent contracts to both Bradley and Peterson and he’s only waiting for them to sign the contracts and send them back to him for the December 12th showdown on HBO.
Arum said to RingTV “It would be a fight for the WBO welterweight championship. We’ve sent contracts out, but it’s not a done deal until it’s a deal.”
Perhaps one of the reasons why Arum is a little cautious is because Barry Hunter, Peterson’s trainer/manager, won a purse bid on Tuesday to promoter an IBF ordered title defense between IBF light welterweight champion Peterson and his IBF #1 mandatory challenger Zab Judah. This fight is thought to be the back-up plan for Peterson in case he can’t get the Bradley fight. I personally like the Peterson vs. Judah fight a lot more than seeing Peterson fight Bradley again. That’s not interesting because Peterson was beaten so badly last time out. I can’t see anything being different now that’s three years later. HBO must be counting on boxing fans not having a very good memory of the first Bradley-Peterson fight and that’s probably right. The casual boxing fans will likely have no recollection of how badly Peterson was beaten in the Bradley fight.
Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao last June by a 12 round split decision. However, instead of taking a rematch against Bradley to try and avenge his loss, Pacquiao was persuaded to take a bigger payday against Juan Manuel Marquez in December. That doesn’t mean that Pacquiao won’t still fight Bradley. You can expect that fight to take place next year as long as Bradley and Pacquiao keep winning for a while.
Peterson hasn’t fought since last December when he beat Amir Khan to win his IBF and WBA light welterweight titles. Peterson later tested positive for synthetic testosterone, and that ruined any chance there was in a Khan-Peterson rematch.