Michael Rosenthal

Peterson replaces Coleman as Cayo’s opponent

Lamont Peterson has replaced Tim Coleman as the opponent for Victor Cayo on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on April 29 in Las Vegas, promoter Leon Margules announced.

Peterson was given the option of replacing Coleman because he is ranked higher by the IBF (No. 4 to No. 5) but he had to do it within two weeks of the fight, which he did.

The winner of the the pairing will earn the No. 1 ranking and the right to face IBF titleholder Zab Judah. Cayo is ranked No 3.

"Lamont Peterson wants to be champion and he proved it today," Margules said. "He's taking this tough fight on relatively short notice and it's the fans who will win. Tim Coleman will still be on the card fighting a different opponent, so this show will now feature the IBF's Nos. 3-, 4- and 5-rated (junior welterweight) contenders. Any of these three against each other would be a terrific fight."

Coleman's opponent has not been selected.

Peterson (24-1-1, 14 knockouts) is coming off a solid performance in December against Victor Ortiz, with whom he fought to a draw. Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) stopped Javier Gomez in one round in October.

Cuban junior lightweight Rances Barthelemy (11-0, 9 KOs), and Texas lightweight Hylon Williams Jr. (13-0, 3 KOs) are scheduled to fight in separate bouts on the undercard.

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