Through boxing, however, and a relationship developed through manager and trainer, Barry Hunter, the Petersons have grown into a set of clean-cut siblings who may be on the verge of accomplishing a dream come true.
Lamont Peterson will attempt to dethrone RING No. 1-rated junior welterweight and IBF/WBA titleholder Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) in Saturday night’s HBO-televised main event at Washington Convention Center, this, after Anthony (30-1, 20 KOs) will already have faced fellow Washingtonian, Daniel Attah (26-8-1, 9 KOs) on the undercard.
“Sleeping in bus depots and in cars and things of that nature. At their age, the average man would have given up. But not only did they not give up, but they found a way to turn this thing around and made it a positive thing that works,” said Hunter.
“They’ve been knocked down and gotten back up. To have the courage that you did, I have all the respect for you in the world. Through the good and bad, they stuck together, and they stuck with me. I give them all the credit in the world.”
During this training camp, Anthony did his best imitation of the rangy and speedy Khan.
“It was pretty much double-jab, right hand, or use it as a range-finder until he finds his target. He’s going to come off of his feet and leave his chin out there, and everything until he gets to his opponent and making contact,” said Anthony Peterson.
“So I think that about the ninth or 10th round, Lamont will get the rhythm of those shots and land a solid left hook and knock Amir Khan out. So that’s my job to prepare him, just like it’s his job to prepare me. “
Lamont did the same for Anthony leading into his last fight and lone defeat by seventh-round disqualification to RING No. 1-rated lightweight and former WBA beltholder Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) last June.
“When there are no fights in sight, it’s kind of a chess match type of things. We go rounds without touching each other, our defense is that good, and we know each other that well. But when it’s time to fight, like when he was fighting Brandon Rios, I had to bring it to him. So sometimes it gets really rough in there,” said Lamont Peterson.
“But we understand that it’s a sport, and we understand that everything is out of love, so it never leads to anything outside of the ring. Anthony was totally honest with you when he told you that we don’t argue. We used to play fight and all of that when we were young and would get into it, but the last 15 years or so, no fighting.”
Although Hunter took the Peterson brothers under his wing when they were nine, and, 10 years old, the 49-year-old native of Southeast, Washington, D.C., already had a family of his own.
A 6-foot-2, 195-pounder who attended Eastern High School and has coached boxing since he was 17, Hunter’s children are Ashley, 25, Casey, 22, Jelani 18, and Jalil, 16, whose first names are represented in the initials of his business — AKJ Construction.
Hunter’s wife of 26 years is Cologne Hunter.
Photos by Delane Rouse, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions