WASHINGTON, DC, January 28 - Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson, adding another 140-pound title holder tothe most elite roster of fighters in the sport of boxing.
"We are thrilled that Lamont Peterson will be joining Golden Boy Promotions' team," said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. "We know firsthand what Lamont Peterson can do, as he's been in the ring with our fighters Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz. We know that he is the kind of individual that will be an asset to our team and great competitor in the 140-pound weight class."
"I am excited about signing with Golden Boy Promotions and the opportunity to work with them again," said Peterson. "Being with Golden Boy really gives me the chance to make the best fights available in my weight class. I want to fight the best in the world at 140 [pounds] and I know it can happen as a member of the Golden Boy team. I am optimistic that this is a decision that will help further my career."
An inspirational figure who, along with his brother Anthony, won the Boxing Writers Association of America's Perseverance Award in 2008 for surviving a harrowing childhood to make it to the top of the boxing world, Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO's) doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit." A native of Washington, DC, Peterson and his brother were homeless for a time before finding salvation in the sport of boxing when they were young. Trained and mentored by Barry Hunter, Peterson thrived as a fighter, eventually winning numerous titles during a stellar amateur career. When he turned professional in 2004, the success continued with Peterson eventually winning the WBO Junior Welterweight World Title in 2009. He would lose the belt later that year to Timothy Bradley, but after going unbeaten in his next three bouts, Peterson got a shot at Amir Khan in December of 2011 and he made the most of the opportunity, defeating Khan and capturing the WBA Super and IBF 140-Pound World Championships in one of the best fights of that year.
Washington, DC (January 28, 2013) - Tickets for "REDEMPTION: Peterson vs. Holt" go on sale today, Monday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. EST. Championship boxing's return to our nation's capital has created a buzz among sports fans ready to see, IBF Junior Welterweight Champion, Lamont Peterson defend his title against former WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Kendall Holt on Friday, February 22nd at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. In addition, this fight marks the first bout in fourteen months and title defense for Peterson as IBF Champ.
"REDEMPTION: Peterson vs. Holt,"a 12-round Junior Welterweight World Title Fight for Peterson's IBF World Championship Belt taking place Friday, February 22, 2013, at the DC Armory. The fight titled "REDEMPTION", is co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Headbangers Promotions and broadcast live by ESPN 2's Friday Night Fights beginning at 9 p.m. EST.
Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100, $75, $25 (not including applicable service charges), go on sale Monday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. and will be available for purchase at the DC Armory box office and all Washington, D.C. Ticketmaster locations .To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com.