Lamont Peterson is scheduled to fight Canadian Dierry "Dougy Style" Jean (25-0-0, 17 KOs) in a 12-round IBF light welterweight title fight on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Peterson is coming off his first professional career knockout loss in May 2013 to Lucas Martin Matthysse. That fight was fought at a catch weight of 141 pounds so Peterson still holds the IBF light welterweight title that he won when he defeated Amir Khan by controversial split decision in December 2011. Peterson will be making his second defense of the title when he fights Jean. Jean became Peterson's mandatory challenger when he defeated Cleotis Pendarvis by 4th round knockout in a title eliminator fight in May 2013.
Lamont Peterson defeated Amir Khan (26-2-0, 18 KOs) by 12-round split decision in a WBA Super World light welterweight and IBF light welterweight title fight in the main event of HBO on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. Scores were 113-112 and 113-112 for Peterson and 115-110 for Khan. Peterson was knocked down twice in round one but the referee ruled one a slip. By round three Peterson figured out how to fight Khan, he was able to time his punches and duck so Khan would miss, he moved forward pressing Khan, and he went to the body. His money punch was his left hook to the body which hurt Khan over and over again. The fight was fought at a feverous pace. There was tremendous back and forth action. It was a close fight. But DC's homeboy Peterson ended up having a little help from the referee. There were three questionable calls by the referee. One of Khan's knockdowns of Peterson in round one the referee ruled was a slip and twice the referee took a point away from Khan for pushing with no warning. Those three points lost Khan the fight. Peterson was initially awarded Khan's WBA Super World light welterweight and IBF light welterweight titles along with his victory. But when Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone before he and Khan's scheduled rematch on May 19, 2012 which was then cancelled due to the failed drug test the WBA stripped Lamont of the WBA Super World light welterweight title and reinstated Khan. The IBF and DC Boxing Commission are still reviewing the case.
Peterson vs Holt
Lamont Peterson defeated Kendall Holt (28-6-0, 16 KOs) by 8th round TKO in an IBF light welterweight title fight on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Peterson started off slow and looked rusty because he had not fought for 14 months after having tested positive for synthetic testosterone in a random drug test before his scheduled rematch with Amir Khan in May 2012 which was then cancelled. In round four Peterson got into the fight and knocked Holt down with a right to his head. Holt took a knee and an eight count which he do again in round six after Peterson hit him with a combination of punches. In round eight Peterson had Holt backed up against the ropes and was hitting him with a barrage of punches that prompted the referee to step in and stop the fight at 1:42.
Matthysse vs Peterson
Lamont Peterson lost by 3rd round knockout to Lucas Martin Matthysse (34-2-0, 32 KOs) in a light welterweight catch weight fight at 141 pounds on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Peterson boxed well in the first round staying out of range of Matthysse. But in the second round Matthysse closed the distance and Peterson was knocked down by a left hook to the temple set up by a right hand. In the third round Peterson was knocked down again by a left hook. He beat the count but was in trouble. Matthysse immediately went at Peterson dropping him for a third time with a left hook which prompted referee Steve Smoger to wave off the bout at 2:14 of round three. Because Matthysse did not want to give up his interim WBC light welterweight title to fight for Peterson's IBF light welterweight title the fight was a non-title fight fought at a catch weight so neither boxer's titles were on the line.