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Q&A: Holt says stamina, weight no problem vs. Peterson
Kendall Holt on Friday's bout with Lamont Peterson: "This fight, I'm going to set things up and make things happen. I have had some good sprints, some good boxing and I am ready to go a good, hard 12 rounds."
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Hard-hitting ex-beltholder Kendall Holt weighed exactly 140-pounds on Thursday, the junior welterweight limit for Friday night's clash with IBF beltholder Lamont Peterson, who was 139.4 at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Northwest Washington, D.C.
Although Holt (28-5, 16 knockouts) admitted having to lose as much as eight pounds since Tuesday and as much as 22 total since camp commenced, the 31-year-old from Paterson, N.J., said past issues with stamina will not surface against Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs), a 29-year-old who will be making his first defense at The D.C. Amory on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.
During his July 2008 rematch with Torres, who entered their return bout with a mark of 32-1 that included 29 knockouts, Holt rose from two knockdowns and scored one of his own during a 61-second bout.
Holt wound up winning by stoppage victory over Torres to avenge his earlier setback and earn the WBO's 140-pound belt.
Holt was out of the ring for an 11-month span after falling to Mabuza, but rebounded from that loss with a first-round stoppage of Lenin Arroyo in January of 2011.
Holt's two, route-going losses were to current WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley and current RING, WBA and WBC 140-pound champion Danny Garcia, who owns a fourth-round knockout victory over Khan from July of last year.
Holt twice dropped Bradley to the canvas before losing his WBO 140-pound title by unanimous decision in April of 2009. Since then, however, Holt has since gone 3-2 with three stoppage victories.
But Holt insists that he has discovered some consistency in experienced trainer, Jesse Reid, whom he believes will help him end Peterson's run of 3-0-1 with two knockouts since falling by unanimous decision to Bradley as a junior welterweight in December of 2009.
"He's very professional. He reminds me of a Gaby Canizales. He's got every angle down that there is and every trick," said Reid.
"He's a great puncher. I'm excited about working with him. And I'll tell you, he's in shape, and he ain't running out of gas. I've had 23 world champions, and Kendall's right up there with the best of them."
Peterson bounced back from the loss to Bradley with a seventh-round stoppage of Damian Fuller in April of 2010 that was followed by a majority draw with Victor Ortiz in December of that year during which Peterson rose from a pair of third-round knockdowns.
Peterson's subsequent 12th-round stoppage of Victor Cayo in July of 2011 was followed by a disputed split-decision triumph over Amir Khan for his current belt in December, 2011 at The Washington, D.C., Convention Center.
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The day before the fight, before the weigh-in, I had to go and get blood taken out through a snow storm. So there was a four-hour drive to the hospital, and a four-hour drive back.
I wasn't properly re-hydrated. So the mind wasn't too focused on training, and wasn't focused on the fight. I second-guessed myself a lot and because of all of those intangibles, the result of the fight was that I lost.
This fight, I'm going to set things up and make things happen. I have had some good sprints, some good boxing and I am ready to go a good, hard 12 rounds.
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