Lamont Peterson: Still fighting, in the ring and out

On February 22, Lamont Peterson will fight for the first time since he became champion, since the drug test, since public opinion got up and ran away from him. The scheduled site for the abandoned rematch with Khan: the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, a marquee venue, home to too many championship bouts to count. The site for this fight, against former champ Kendall Holt: the D.C. Armory, the tired, 70-year-old de facto warehouse up a scrubby slope from the Anacostia River. Peterson’s guaranteed purse for the second Khan fight: $1.5 million. His guarantee for Friday’s fight against Holt: $37,500.

As he rose to prominence in boxing, racking up a record of 30-1-1 and becoming a champion, his story has been about those homeless nights on the streets of the District, about how Barry Hunter, Peterson’s trainer, saved him. It has been about all Hunter, has taught him: labor and love and life, with a little boxing mixed in. Read more by The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga here…

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