Peterson KOs Santos
On Friday night, future boxing star light welterweight Lamont Peterson (22-0, 10 KOs) put on a stunning show of punching power in a sixth round stoppage of 36-year old Frankie Santos (15-4-3, 7 KOs) at the Hard Rock Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Peterson jumped out to a quick start in the first round, throwing shots to Santos’ midsection and trying to take him out early in front of a capacity crowd. After pounding him at will for six rounds, Santo’s trainer stopped the bout after the sixth round to prevent his fighter from sustaining any more punishment at the hands of Peterson.
Peterson, 23, traded shots with Santos in the early rounds, not seeming to mind whether he was hit or not as he looked to take him out with body shots. Santos, however, proved to be a tough opponent, as he refused to give ground despite this only being his first fight in 27 months time. The 28-year old Santo landed some excellent body shots in the first several rounds and gave almost as good as he got.
As the fight progressed, however, Santo’s energy drained away under the heavy onslaught from Peterson, who never slowed a bit with his high volume of body shots.
In the sixth round, Peterson, sensing the fight was nearing an end, began throwing sustained combinations in hopes of stopping Santos. He didn’t go down, however, and continued firing back, albeit much less often, in the round. In the last minute of the round, Peterson unmercifully pounded away at Santo, landing numerous head shots and taking the fight out of him. At the end of the round, Santos’ trainer, perhaps realizing that Santos stood no chance in the fight, he motioned to the referee advising him to stop the fight.