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Lem’s latest: Petersons give back; Mitchell recalls origin

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Junior welterweight contender Lamont Peterson and his younger brother, lightweight standout Anthony Peterson, continue to give back to the Wasington, D.C., community from which they emerged.

Last week, the Petersons spoke to a group of homeless teenage boys at the DC General Shelter in Washington, D.C., as part of The Children’s Playtime Project that serves young men ranging in the ages of 11-18.

The siblings will spend this Thanksgiving week helping those in need as they volunteer to serve and deliver Thanksgiving meals and baskets to those less fortunate.

On Tuesday, the brothers will join D.C. Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry by helping to distribute turkeys.

Later in the day, the Petersons will travel to Martha’s Table, where they will speak with a group of at-risk youth and pass out Thanksgiving baskets to needy families supported by the organization.

On Thanksgiving Day, the brothers will join the staff at the Central Union Mission in preparing  food to members of the homeless community.

The Petersons grew up more or less homeless starting at the age of 5 and 6 when their father was jailed on drug charges and their mother was left to care for seven children.

Eventually, they met manger and trainer Barry Hunter, to whom they were introduced by a close friend and mentor, Patrice Harris.

The 27-year-old Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) 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 26-year-old Anthony Peterson (30-1, 20 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined on the undercard.

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ANTHONY PETERSON BLAMES HIMSELF FOR HIS LONE DEFEAT

Anthony Peterson will return to the ring for the first time since June of last year, when he suffered his lone defeat by a seventh-round disqualification in a clash of unbeatens against RING No. 1-rated WBA lightweight beltholder Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs).

Peterson was disqualified for throwing too many low blows.

“It was more frustration. More street-mentality. At that time, it was street-justice and survival. It just happened. But I should have boxed. I was focused on more things outside of the ring than I was on that fight,” said Peterson.

“I would box and definitely listen to my corner more if I had that to do differently. It wasn’t my corner, it wasn’t my coach, it wasn’t my sparring partners. That was all me.”

Peterson said that he made the bout with Rios “a 50-50 fight” by electing to go toe-to-toe.

“I gave him a big advantage, because if you look at how much we both weighed coming into that fight when we walked into the ring, he was 12 pounds bigger than me that night. When I felt his power, and mine compared to his, I’m like, ‘I’m not used to this,’” said Peterson. 

“I plan on getting back into the ring and winning again, because all roads lead to Brandon Rios. It hurts me every day to know that I didn’t perform. That’s why I’m in here sweating like a pig. It’s a blessing to be fighting in front of my hometown crowd. My skill is there, my foundation is there, the coach is there, the team. Now, I just need to focus. It’s all about me, and that’s it.”

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