ANTHONY PETERSON: ‘TONIGHT WAS FOR THE SLUMS OF AMERICA’
“I’m proud of my performance. I’m proud that D.C. showed up tonight. That really pushed me on in there when things got rough, and I appreciate that. It’s always going to be rough in there at this level,” said Lamont Peterson.
“But things are always going to be rough for me. I never get anything easy. So I’m always prepared for a backyard fight, and that’s what it was. I was victorious.”
The Peterson brothers fended for themselves in the streets of Southeast Washington, D.C. starting at the ages were 5 and 6, respectively, after their father was jailed on drug charges, and their mother was left to care for seven children.
They went from foster care to the streets and back. 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, that is, until meeting Hunter.
“Tonight was for the slums of America. Not only for South East D.C., but for all the slums in Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, California, everywhere. Now they’ve got a hero,” said Anthony Peterson.
“This dude, my brother, Lamont, he overcame every obstacle that came his way. Homelessness. Foster care. On the verge of getting adopted. What else can you say. To see him come from all of that and to win a championship, I cried. So now, like I said, they have a hero. D.C., we’re here.”
BARRY HUNTER: ‘WE’VE GONE FROM BEING VILLAGE IDIOTS TO BEING GENIUSES’
In February, Peterson passed up a chance to face Khan when talks broke down between Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and Peterson’s attorney, Jeff Fried, for an April challenge to Khan’s WBA belt over money and a rematch clause.
Peterson, in succession, had been offered $150,000, then, $200,000, and then, $300.000, but the challenger’s camp wanted “north of $350,000” to travel to England to face Khan, according to Schaefer.
When the negotiations fell apart, Khan moved on and defended his crown by technical decision over Paul McCloskey in England.
“When they first put that contract out there, and we turned it down, I read some of the things in the papers and on the internet, and people looked at us like we were the village idiots. They were like, ‘why would we turn down that kind of money?’ But it was never the money,” said Hunter.
“My son [Peterson] ain’t no prostitute. What it was about was the opportunity. That was the value laid down. So, now, with the results that we got tonight, it looks like we’ve gone from being the village idiots to being geniuses.”
Hunter believes that Peterson has recouped anything lost, having earned a $650,000 purst to Khan’s guaranteed $1.1 million. In addition, Hunter said Peterson still is uncontracted to Golden Boy Promotons or anyone, which makes him a promotional free agent.
“We have no contract,” said Hunter. “We’re our own bosses.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA ADDRESSES THE SCORING DESCREPANCY
De La Hoya addressed the scoring descrepancy of the one judges’ card, Puerto Rico’s Nelson Vazquez, who had Khan winning. But De La Hoya said that the problem would not have changed the overall outcome of the fight.
Vazquez’s card was originally announced as being, 114-111, for Khan, when it was actually 115-110. New Jersey’s George Hill and North Carolina’s Valerie Dorsett each had it for Peterson, 113-112.
“We went back because we had questions whether the decision was the wrong decision that was given. Okay? Because of the point-deductions. So we sat down, with the commission, and we had a representive, Barry Hunter, who was Peterson’s representative, and I was in there, and Bernard Hopkins was in there,” said De La Hoya.
“And we tallied up every single card. And there was a mistake. But it wasn’t going to make a difference in the outcome of the fght. Because one judge had it 114-111, for Khan, and the mistake as that it should have been 115-110. It didn’t make a difference because the two other judges had Peterson up, 113-112.”
ROACH LOSES AGAIN IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
A recent International Boxing Hall of Fame electee and a five-time Trainer of The Year, Freddie Roach’s tough luck tradition in Washington, D.C., continued.
For as a junior lightweight who went 40-15 with 13 knockouts as a fighter, Roach did not fair well during his lone bout in the nation’s capitol — a unanimous decision loss to Darryl Tyson in 1986.
“I haven’t been to Washington in a long time. I fought here on March 1, 1986 against Darryl Tyson and he kicked my butt,” said the 51-year-old Roach, during the final, pre-fight press conference on Wednesday. “But we’re going to change the outcome of that with this fight this time. Amir Khan had a great training camp.”