Lamont Peterson who tested positive for banned substance leading up to the rematch with Amir Khan, forcing it to be canceled last year is back. Peterson will take on Kendall Holt on February 22 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in Washington, D.C.
“The game plan against Kendall Holt is to stay busy,” Peterson said. “He really doesn’t try to fight the whole three minutes of each round. He kind of picks and chooses when he fights, so we just plan to keep him working and wear him down.”
Last month, Peterson made a surprising move that no sports betting saw it coming he sign with Golden Boy Promotions, which surprised a lot of people, given the fact that it was a Golden Boy event that Peterson had canceled with his failed drug test that cost Golden Boy hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Sometimes, you look at it, and you got to make a deal with the devil,” Peterson said. “As long as your heart’s in the right place, and you know what you want to do, you do business. . . . To be honest, I still feel a certain way about Golden Boy. But that’s just the way it is. It’s just business.”
New Jersey’s Holt is looking to build momentum after a second-round TKO win over Tim Coleman. “Lamont’s a good fighter,” he said. “One big difference in this fight is that none of the pressure is on me – I’m not fighting at home, it’s not my championship title. All the pressure’s on him and that pressure builds up in a person’s mind. He may come out there and try to impress the crowd and if he gets a little overanxious or a little overzealous. It could be an early night for him.”
Friday’s eight-round co-feature will pit undefeated Junior Featherweights Roman Morales (14-0, 7 KOs) against Jesus Hernandez (10-0-3 2 KOs). Morales is coming off a fifth-round knockout win over Jose Iniguez, while Hernandez is looking to rebound from a six-round draw against Edwin Solis.