Saturday, 23 February 2013
No Hat Man Needed - Peterson Wins In 8
By Bobby Hunter
Fighting for the first time in fourteen months Lamont Peterson returned to defend his IBF Light Welterweight title in front of a home crowd as he beat up former champion Kendall Holt in eight rounds. Peterson's fans at the Armory Washington DC gave him a terrific reception welcoming home their fallen star after accusations of cheating with testosterone pellets against Amir Khan threatened to end his career. Holt was also coming off a long lay-off. The New Jersey mans last fight was eleven months ago as he blasted out Tim Coleman in two rounds. It was no surprise in the first round that both guys looked rusty. Hardly a blow was landed as they traded the odd jab and body shot.
The second round started better for Holt. The former WBO champion was getting his shots off quicker. Peterson began to stalk his challenger but all he did was walk into jabs followed by quick combinations to the body. Round three was also a close one as Peterson went back to boxing instead of going after Holt. Holt though land the better punches of the round as two very quick count right snapped the champions head back. On my card it was enough to win Holt the round.
In the fourth round Holt again started the better. He was picking off the champion who again followed Holt around the ring looking to land his bombs. Holt was being made to work as Peterson pressured him around the ring. That pressure paid off late in the round as a powerful jab, straight right floored Holt for the eight count. Luckily for Holt the bell saved him as Peterson went for the kill.
Peterson then went after Holt in the fifth like he did when he fought Amir Khan. He was now chasing Holt around the ring walking through anything Holt was throwing. Peterson's body shots were now beginning to take a huge toll on Holt as whenever he got tagged he grabbed the champion and it looked like he wouldn't let go. The champion continued his pressure in the sixth. It was clear he as targeting Holt's body as he continually backed Holt to the ropes and bashed away. Holt was fading here and it was no surprise that he took a knee late in the round after another multi punch barrage from the champion.
Holt came out boxing and moving in the seventh as the pace slowed, Holt looked good for the first two minutes of the round as he peppered the champion with the jab. It wasn't to last as again the body shots hurt Holt late in the round. Holt grabbed again as Peterson sensed he had this fight won.
The end of the fight came sudden as after 1.42 of eighth round Holt was trapped on the ropes shipping huge right hand after right hand. Referee Tony Weeks jumped in perfectly to end the fight. It was a good stoppage. Peterson will now look to fight the leading guys at 140. The fact that he is a Goldenboy fighter will make this easier. Holt in his interview on ESPN said he might call it a day.
Peterson earned $37,500, Holt $12,500
Below are all the scores i was able to collect from the press and fans. My scorecard is also available to view and compare
Round 1.... 10-10 Draw
Round 2.... 9-10 Holt
Round 3.... 9-10 Holt
Round 4.... 10-8 Peterson
Round 5.... 10-9 Peterson
Round 6.... 10-8 Peterson
Round 7.... 10-9 Peterson
TOTAL : 68-64 LAMONT PETERSON AT TIME OF STOPPAGE
Boxing Press and Fan Scores
Teddy Atlas (ESPN) : 67-64 Peterson
Scott Christ (Badlefthook) : 67-64 Peterson
Lem Sattersfield (Ring Magazine) : 67-63 Peterson
FightersRated : 68-63 Pterson
Lyle Fitzsimmons (Boxingscene) : 68-63 Peterson
Matthew Mojica (Fightsource) : 68-64 Peterson
Pro-box Jake : 67-64 Peterson
Tim Kudgis (ATG Radio) : 67-64 Peterson
Roe (Checkhookboxing) : 67-64 Peterson
Ramon Aranda (3Morerounds) : 68-63 Peterson
Tommy Allan (Boxingasylum) : 68-63 Peterson
Ryan Bivins (Sweetboxing) : 67-64 Peterson
Ryan Burton (Theboxinglab) : 68-63 Peterson
Tim Starks (Thequeensbury Rules) : 68-63 Peterson
Steve Zemach (TheQueensburyrules) : 67-64 Peterson
Steve Kim (Maxboxing) : 67-64 Peterson
Cliff Roid ( Boxingscene) : 68-63 Peterson
Ed Robinson (Sky Sports) : 67-64 Peterson
Cole Christensen (Twitter Fan) : 67-64 Peterson
Tha Breeze (Twitter Fan) : 68-64 Peterson
Alex B (Twitter Fan) : 68-65 Peterson
Saddoboxing Forum : 67-64 Peterson
Boxingasylum Forum : 68-63 Peterson
Ringnews24 Forum : (All for Peterson) 67-64, 67-65, 68-64
Boxrec Forum : 68-63 Peterson
Eastsideboxing Forum : (All for Peterson) 68-63 x2, 67-64 x2, 66-65, 67-63
Boxingscene Forum : (All for Peterson) 68-63 x3
BoxingPalace Forum : 68-63