Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: Montiel returns; Peterson siblings give back

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Former WBO/WBC beltholder Fernando Montiel will pursue his third-straight knockout in as many wins against Victor Terrazas of Guadalajara, Mex., on Saturday night at Estadio Centenario in Montiel’s native Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mex.

The 32-year-old Montiel (46-3-2, 36 KOs) suffered his last loss in February when he was stopped in the second round by RING No. 4-rated pound-for-pound Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs), costing Montiel his titles and ending a 11-0-1 streak that had included nine knockouts.

Montiel is among five Mexican fighters to have won world titles over the course of three divisions. Before suffering his first-ever stoppage at the hands of Donaire, he was coming off a sensational fourth-round knockout over Hozumi Hasegawa, who at the time was on a 25-fight winning streak.

Montiel’s past two fights have been third-round knockouts over Nehomar Cermeno and Alvaro Perez in June and August, respectively.

The 28-year-old Terrazas (31-2-1, 18 KOs), meanwhile, has won six straight fights, five of them by knockout, and is after his third straight stoppage victory. He is coming off September’s fourth-round knockout of Eduardo Becerril.

Terrazas’ two losses have come via an April 2010 ninth-round knockout by Rendall Munroe, and a second-round KO in his professional debut against Adrian Tellez in March of 2003.

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PETERSON BROTHERS REMEMBER WHERE THEY CAME FROM

RING No. 6-rated junior welterweight Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) and his 26-year-old brother, lightweight Anthony Peterson (30-1, 20 KOs), spoke to a group of homeless teenage boys at the DC General Shelter in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening as part of The Children’s Playtime Project that serves young men ranging in the ages of 11-18.

The 27-year-old Lamont Peterson is training for an HBO-televised, Dec. 10 challenge to WBA/IBF 140-pound titleholder Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center, and Anthony Peterson will face an opponent to be determined on the undercard.

The Petersons were 5 and 6 when their father was jailed on drug charges and their mother was left to care for seven children.

When they weren’t bouncing between foster care and the streets, they protected each other and have persevered under the guidance of manger and trainer Barry Hunter, to whom they were introduced by a close friend and mentor, Patrice Harris.

For money, they washed car windows or resorted to stealing from grocery stores, becoming pick-pockets, swiping tips off of the tables at outdoor restaurants, or things such as stealing bicycles and selling them.

Until meeting Hunter, the Peterson siblings slept in a station wagon, alternately spending “some days on the streets, some days at the bus stops and the bus stations, and there were some days we spent at the parks,” according to Lamont.

As a result of their experiences, the Peterson siblings feel the need to never forget where they come from and to use it as a way to be an inspiration for others. For more info on the organization and the program please see their website: www.playtimeproject.net

KALIESHA HEADS WEST

WBO bantamweight female boxing sensation Kaliesha West (14-1-3, 4 KOs), of Moreno Valley, Calif., will be at ringside on Sunday in Las Vegas for a card at the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel. The main event will feature Ada Velez (19-3-3, 6 KOs) in defense of her IBF junior featherweight belt against Melinda Cooper (21-1, 11 KOs).

“I’m as excited for this fight as the boxing fans were for [Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez], held last week in Las Vegas. I’ve been in the ring with both of these women, so I know it is going to be an exciting fight for the fans and one to look forward to. This fight has the opportunity to prove just how skilled female boxers can be,” said West.

“America has been missing out on great boxing for too long. The pool of women’s boxing talent is much better than it was in the 90’s, because women have had the opportunity to be mended in the amateurs, unlike earlier times when they weren’t allowed.  I hope everyone comes out to support women’s boxing on Nov. 20 in Las Vegas.”

Photos by Chris Farina, Top Rank Inc.

Photo by Andre Johnson

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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