Peterson Brothers Talk Layoff And Hometown Return
Three weeks away from their return to action, Lamont and Anthony Peterson held a media workout in their hometown of Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
Lamont, who faces off against former world champion Sergey Lipinets, is prepared to return after a 14-month layoff.
“I always have an idea of how it’s going to go” Peterson said about his first fight since his 2018 loss to Errol Spence Jr., “but we’re prepared for whatever. I think overall it should be a fun fight.”
“I wanted to rest the body,” Peterson told members of the media during the workout. “It’s been a long career. I’ve been boxing for 25 years, doing it professionally for 15 years, pretty much straight through. Only injuries have held me back. I just wanted to take some time to relax, and if my body was able to recover and come back close to what I was or better, then I was going to go on.
“I feel rested and good now and just took some time to learn my body more. I want to get better, though. If I lose, then that means the game is asking more from me. So, I have to give it more if I say I want to be at the top and one of the best fighters.”
As for Anthony Peterson, he faces another former champion in Argenis Mendez in the FS1 card’s co-main event. Preparing for this fight, Peterson not only trained with Barry Hunter, but had current WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter.
Speaking of his time with Porter, Peterson told reporters: “It was beautiful. Shawn brought a different type of energy. He’s a real good guy, very spiritual and positive. Nothing negative to say and he’s always in a good mood. He never complains or talks back to the coaches. He showed a good example of how a champion is supposed to handle himself.”
“Argenis Méndez is a world-class fighter. I like his style and he’s a good dancing partner. He doesn’t shy away from work. He’s not awkward, he’s going to be there. And if you look at the list he’s fought the better caliber of fighters. He’s been on the world-class stage before, and that’s going to be good for me to knock him off. What I want to do is go in there, put on an outstanding performance and make a statement that I deserve that world championship.”