Lamont Peterson Relinquishes WBA Welterweight Title
Lamont Peterson is no longer the WBA welterweight champion of the world. Peterson sent a letter to the World Boxing Association on Tuesday to let them know that he’s vacating the title effective immediately.
The rumor is that he will now challenge the IBF 147 lb. champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. in December or January.
It may be a positive for the WBA as they have two belts at 147 pounds, the welterweight and Super world welterweight held by Keith Thurman. Whether they abolish one title or give the now vacant title to Thurman is yet to be determined.
Peterson won the WBA title in his last fight in defeating David Avanesyan by a 12 round unanimous decision on February 18 on the undercard of the Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados card at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Peterson has yet to defend his title.
Peterson went without a fight in 2016, and just once in 2017. There seems to be a problem with Peterson not being kept busy. It would be great for Peterson if he can fight Spence in December, because it would mean that he at least fought twice in 2017 rather than once.
Peterson beat Amir Khan in 2010 to capture the IBF/WBA light welterweight titles. Peterson stripped of his WBA belt in 2012, and then stropped of his IBF belt in 2015. Peterson did successfully defend his IBF title 3 times in beating Kendall Holt, Dierry Jean and Edgar Santana.