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Broner: Peterson-Holt 'a helluva' fight. Ask the experts
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Lamont Peterson UD 12 Kendall Holt: Lamont Peterson knows how to adjust. It’s an instinct that requires versatility.
His collection of skill should be enough to beat Kendall Holt, a one-trick pony. Holt’s power gives him a chance, but only if Peterson is drawn into a one-dimensional exchange that he can’t withstand, much less win.
By then, however, Peterson should be fully re-engaged with all of what he does best in a tactical fight and at a pace that will allow him to score enough points for a hometown victory.
Lamont Peterson MD 12 Kendall Holt: If it seems like Lamont Peterson has everything to lose and nothing to gain in this fight, and that Kendall Holt has everything to gain and nothing to lose, it's because that's true.
A loss for Peterson would be devastating at this point in his career, while for Holt, it would be much less detrimental. Peterson has a major title as well as his recently reviled reputation to defend.
He simply cannot afford a loss. It's difficult to envision a clear winner but here goes: An aggressive "Rated R" Holt jumps out to a points lead and scores an early knockdown or two while Peterson shakes off 14 months of rust and looks to rediscover his identity in the ring.
Majority or split decision scores return from the judges in favor of Peterson to retain the IBF junior welterweight title, and keep his hopes alive for an overdue rematch with Amir Khan or for high profile fights against fellow Golden Boy fighters Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia.
Lamont Peterson W 12 Kendall Holt: With Lamont Peterson, we know pretty much what we're going to get -- high volume, stamina and lots of body punching.
Kendall Holt SD 12 Lamont Peterson:
Holt possesses the better power in his punches, which will negate Lamont Peterson's aggressive style. Kendall holt wins a close split decision.
Lamont Peterson UD 12 Kendall Holt: One year and two months have passed since Lamont Peterson enjoyed his best, and subsequently, his worst moment as a fighter, as his landmark win over Amir Khan was called into question by a positive test for banned substances.
Lamont Peterson KO 5 Kendall Holt: This fight should rank pretty high on the entertainment scale. Kendall Holt is a terrific banger. I've seen him drop lots of guys with one shot, so I pick against him at my own risk.
Lamont Peterson UD 12 Kendall Holt: When you stop to think about it, what have these two done lately? Regardless, it is an intriguing match.