Lamont “Havoc” Peterson’s Media Workout Quotes: Matthysse, Broner, More!
By Justin Jones & Paul “Paparazzi” Jones (May 10, 2013) Boxingnews24.com (Photo © Paul “Paparazzi” Jones)
Washington, DC—On Thursday, IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) held an open media workout at his home gym, the Bald Eagle Boxing Annex (DC), with just nine days left before his much anticipated bout against WBC Interim Super Lightweight Champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs).
Peterson and Matthysse headline an upcoming Showtime® Championship Boxing doubleheader on May 18th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The card also features IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon “The Great” Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) who takes on Lee “Lights Out” Purdy (23-1, 13 KOs).
Peterson is coming off an impressive eighth round TKO victory over Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs) after more than a year of inactivity amid a PED controversy and failed rematch attempt with Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs). And while many boxing pundits view this fight as a risky match-up for the DC-based fighter, he appeared unfazed by the hype surrounding the Argentinean KO artist.
Peterson displayed the confidence and focus of a well-prepared fighter, despite facing an opponent with a penchant for knockouts. In addition, the IBF Champ was in excellent physical shape, breezing through a training session that included mitts and cardio work.
When asked about what he expects from Matthysse, Peterson said, “I’ve known him for a while. [Matthysse is] a strong guy who’s going to bring it all night, pretty much the way I like it to be.”
In discussing Matthysse’s impressive history of first round stoppages, Peterson added:
“The main question people keep asking me to talk about is punching power. But, this is what I signed up for. I realize that I’m going to get hit in the face and I’ll be hittin’ him back in the face. So I’m not worried about taking a punch or afraid of a knockout. I’m planning on going the twelve rounds and what happens in between that, that’s what happens. But [being stopped], that’s not nothin’ that I’m thinking about.”
Other News & Notes
• Also on hand to support Peterson was WBC Lightweight Champ Adrien “The Problem” Broner (26-0, 22 KOs), who makes his welterweight debut against WBA Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi (37-4, 7 KOs) on June 22nd at the Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY).
• Friends since their amateur days, Peterson and Broner reportedly sparred several times during this training camp in preparation for their upcoming bouts.
• Lamont Peterson’s brother, Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KOs), a lightweight contender who will fight on the May 18th card, also worked out for the media, fielded questions, and posed for pictures.
• Tickets priced at $250, $120, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office via Ticketmaster. For more information, call (800) 736-1420 or visit ticketmaster.com online.
More from Paul:
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