When Anthony suffered his lone defeat in his last fight, a seventh-round disqualification to WBA lightweight beltholder Brandon Rios last June, Lamont felt worse for his sibling than he did for himself following his lone loss by unanimous decision to WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley in December of 2009.
“It’s very important for Anthony to go out and to take care of his business. I won’t lie to you. If he is to lose and something goes wrong in Anthony’s fight, it drains me, emotionally,” Peterson (29-1-1, 15 knockouts) said during a recent media workout for his Dec. 10 challenge to WBA/IBF 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan. “It’s always important for him to go and to take care of his business and to get me pumped up and ready to go.”
“I thought that that Marquez won the fight, but I don’t think that it was a robbery. I thought Marquez sort of had no one to blame but himself because he maybe didn’t do enough at the end of the fight to win; I think that he kind of coasted down the stretch,” said Anthony.
“When you want to beat a guy like Pacquiao, with his name, you pretty much have got to knock him out or make sure that you don’t leave it in the hands of the judges. I’m a big Pacquiao fan, but I have to say that I thought that Marquez won.”
Lamont won money on the Marquez-Pacquiao fight.
“I was taking all bets, because [trainer] Freddie Roach said Pacquiao was going to knock Marquez out in six rounds. They were willing to bet me, and I took a lot of those bets,” said Peterson. “They were $20 bets. Lunch money, that’s all. I’m a little richer.”
CAPITOL SHOWDOWN: KHAN-PETERSON:
Lamont takes on Khan (26-1, 18 KOs), of England, in the HBO-televised main event of a clash that will take place at the Washington Convention Center in his native Washington, D.C.
Anthony (30-1, 20 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined on the undercard.
The opening HBO-televised bout features 29-year-old heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Brandywine, Md., a graduate of Gwynn Park High, where he played football as a star linebacker and was named Maryland’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Mitchell will face his most difficult opponent to date in 36-year-old Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KOs), of Uzbekistan, who is coming off a split-decision loss to former cruiserweight titleholder Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) in December that ended Ibragimov’s winning streak of nine straight victories, including three stoppages.
Ibragimov’s biggest win was perhaps his unanimous decision in June of last year over Oliver McCall, whose fifth-round knockout of Lennox Lewis earned him the vacant WBC title in February of 1997.
PETERSON EXPECTS HIGH-ENERGY CLASH AGAINST AMIR KHAN
Lamont Peterson believes that he can befuddle Khan similarly to how Marquez stymied Pacquiao.
“I’m a Marquez fan, so the fight was really, really close, and I thought Marquez won maybe because I’m a Marquez fan. Khan, that might motivate him to train harder because he looks up to Pacquiao a lot, and to see someone handle him the way that Marquez did, it’s going to make him train that much harder,” said Peterson.
“At the end of the day, he knows that he’s got to go in there and face me on Dec. 10, and he knows that it won’t be easy. I think that I’ll go to the body and take some of that energy away from him. He’s got a great work rate and goes hard the entire 12 rounds. As long as I can do that, I should have no problem”
Peterson said that he expects an offensive battle.
“I think that he may try to play some defense, but he puts so much offense out there, that it’s hard to defend a lot. So the best way to defend yourself is to punch back. It’s going to definitley be an offensive battle. I’ll have to match it at times and neutralize it at times. I don’t want to just fight his fight, but my fight,” said Peterson.
“At times, though, I’ll have to let him know that he can’t beat me. You have to take his confidence away. Marquez kind of mixed it up, fought with Pacquiao at times and then made him think that it was going to be an all-out fight, and then, he stepped back and he had Pacquiao reaching for him. Then he went back to boxing.”
Peterson also said that Khan’s height favors him.
“Amir is a tall fighter, and I have more success against taller fighters. Overall, I would say that he’s about the same as the best guys that I’ve fought. If you trade with him, he keeps his chin in the air, so I would say that I’m the toughest fighter that he’s fought,” said Peterson, who stands an inch shorter than the 5-foot-10 Khan..
“A lot of the others guys he’s fought are much older and a lot shorter than him. He had some physical advantages over them. But with me, he won’t have those advantages. At the end of the day, I’ve got to fight the fight and the gameplan that my coach and I came up with. It’s going to be my night on Dec. 10.”