Lem Satterfield

Peterson’s camp wins IBF purse bid for Judah fight

The wife of manager and trainer Barry Hunter offered up $50,000 to win Tuesday’s purse bid and the right to promote a bout between his fighter, IBF junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson, and mandatory challenger and ex-beltholde Zab Judah.

Cologne Hunter, who is married to Barry Hunter, is the head of Head Bangers’ Promotions, which handles Peterson’s affairs.

On Sept. 18, IBF Championships Chairman Lindsay Tucker informed RingTV.com that the camps of Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) and Judah (42-7, 29 KOs), an ex-welterweight champ and junior welterweight titleholder, were notified that they had until Tuesday to make a deal to face each other.

Tucker said Cologne Hunter was the sole bidder.

“[Cologne] Hunter won with a minimum bid of $50,000. They have 90 days to make the fight, which comes out to, I think, Jan. 2, 2013,” said Tucker.

“They’ve got 15 days to get us the contracts, and the split is 75-25 in favor of Peterson because he’s the champion, and Judah’s the mandatory challenger. So we’ll see what happens.”

Hunter’s publicist, Andre Johnson, said the clash is being targeted for Peterson’s native Washington, D.C. against Judah, an ex-welterweight champ and junior welterweight titleholder.

Judah had been promoted by Main Events, whose president, Kathy Duva, is in Italy and had no comment.

“Head Banger’s Promotions will handle this solely, and with no co-promotion. The fight will be in D.C.,” said Johnson of a bout that that could take place at The Washington Convention Center or The Washington D.C. Amory.

“I don’t have a date yet, but we’re looking at both those venues. Our next plan is to move forward, vigorously, to get this fight scheduled and to get it done in D.C. That’s the plan.”

Peterson is 3-0-1 with two knockouts since falling to Tim Bradley by decision in December of 2009, and is coming off a disputed split-decision that dethroned Amir Khan at the Washington Convention Center in December.

Judah is coming off a ninth-round knockout of previously unbeaten Vernon Paris in March that helped him to rebound from a fifth-round knockout loss to Khan in July of last year.

Judah could not be reached for an immediate comment.

Peterson has also been mentioned for a potential rematch with Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), whose controversial split-decision in June dethroned Manny Pacquiao as the WBO’s 147-pound titleholder and ended his 15-bout winning streak that included eight stoppages.

Bradley is in line for an appearance on a Top Rank-promoted show on Dec. 15 from Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., on HBO.



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

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