“For the most part, Anthony motivates me when we’re doing the really hard training, and during those times when I want to quit,” said the 27-year-old Lamont Peterson, whose mark of 29-1-1 with 15 knockouts includes a run of 2-0-1, with two stoppages since falling by unanimous decision to Tim Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) in December of 2009.
“Then I look over at the other treadmill, or the other station that we’re on, and I see Anthony is still going. So, then I can’t quit. He’s always pushing me, because he likes to stay in good shape. I love him for that.”
The brothers have shared a home in Washington, D.C., since they were “about 18 and 19 years old,” said Anthony Peterson.
“We’ve been living in that three-bedroom apartment together. It’s crazy, because when we see each other in the morning, we don’t say ‘good morning,’ or, ‘how are you doing?,’ or shake each other’s hands. It’s like we speak to each other mentally,” said Anthony Peterson.
“I love him so much. We’ve never had any arguments, never had any disagreements. It’s like we just click. But if you touch him, or you cause harm to him, or you’re saying something to him, then we’re going to have a problem.”
Meanwhile, for fight preparation, the brothers seem to get the best workouts — and take the most punishment — from each other.
“Somebody’s going to beat on him, and I want Lamont to be in the best condition that he can possibly be in. If not, somebody who is going to be bigger than me is going to try to come and knock his block off,” said Anthony Peterson.
“If you look at Anthony Peterson’s style, I have learned a lot from Lamont. We turned pro on September 25 of 2004, and everything that I’ve learned, with my technique, that’s from Lamont.”
Theirs is a bond that was forged during their childhood, when they were forced to fend for themselves in the streets of Southeast Washington, D.C. starting at the ages were 5 and 6, respectively.
That’s when their father was jailed on drug charges, and their mother was left to care for seven children. The two of them, however, bounced between foster care and the streets.
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.