ERROL SPENCE JR. vs. LAMONT PETERSON: WILL THE TRUTH SET THE KING FREE
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
January 10, 2017
Brooklyn, NY: We are just a little over a week away from the welterweight matchup featuring current IBF Welterweight Champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) taking on two-division world champion and former WBA Welterweight Champion Lamont “King” Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs). This amazing championship fight is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
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Spence of Dallas, TX, traveled to England to dominate and dethrone the then IBF 147-pound champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook on May 27 on SHOWTIME. In his destruction of Brook’s resilient effort, he is now considered and touted as boxing’s next big superstar.
To the naked eye, the southpaw Spence Jr. comes across as a humble young man, who’s enjoying the prime of his career at twenty-seven years old. But inside the ring, he’s a “seek and destroy” type of fighter, always ready to break his opponent down punch by punch.
Peterson of Washington, D.C., has won titles at 140 and 147 pounds while facing some of the biggest names in the sport, including Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley. The 33-year-old won the WBA 147-pound title in his last outing Feb. 18 on SHOWTIME, before relinquishing the belt for the chance to challenge Spence.
Peterson has won four of his last five outings, twice fighting at Barclays Center. His Brooklyn debut saw him defeat Edgar Santana by TKO in 2014 before dropping a narrow majority draw to Garcia in a 2015 main event in Brooklyn.
Fast forward to now and you have two combatants, with similar styles, ready to give fight fans an exciting night of championship boxing, where legends are made.
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Spence Jr. and Peterson are no strangers to each other. In fact, they’ve had countless sparring sessions during the early part of Peterson’s professional career, while Spence Jr. was fighting his way towards the 2012 Olympic Games, in which he succeeded and represented the country.
Both champions are highly skilled, competitive, and considered as two of the best in the sport that employ a body attack against their opponents.
Spence Jr., the consummate, relaxed, quiet storm, is focused and determined to not only remain victorious on fight night, but he’s in prime position to again make his claim as “THE BEST of the BEST” within the 147-pound division (welterweight). He stands at 5’11, has supreme power in both hands, and he fights in the southpaw stance. He’s the prototypical fighter that fight fans dream of. He can box with his opponents inside and outside, while staying determined to score a knockout victory with continued pressure and powerful punches. In a sense, he’s considered as a modern-day, the great middleweight champion “Maverlous Mavin Hagler.”
Peterson is no different, as he himself possesses the natural boxing skill of modern-day “Sugar Ray Leonard.” Hailing from the tough streets of Washington, D.C., Peterson is considered as one of the toughest fighters in the welterweight division. He packs power, speed, quickness, and simply put, he knows how to box. When he boxes, Peterson is a joy to watch. He takes his time to skillfully set up punches, combinations, while focusing on breaking his opponents down with powerful body punches.
THE FOUR HORSEMEN
Waiting in the wings, hot on both fighters trails, ready and anticipating a matchup between both men is not only the current WBC, WBA (SUPER) Welterweight Keith Thurman, but also the UNDISPUTED SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT World Champion Terrance Crawford (who has announced that he’s advancing career within the welterweight division); along with former IBE Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter, and former two-division, WBC Welterweight Champion Danny Garcia.
Both Peterson and Spence Jr. have mastered the definition of “get in, get out, but leave something behind, and make your withdrawal later.” In this writer’s opinion, both boxers are great bank robbers: robber: “the money is there (body-head-head-body); no need to let everyone know that you’re robbing the bank and coming out with all the money. Watch the slip notices, make you’re your deposits, and come out with your withdrawals without being noticed.”
With this matchup, the importance of the withdrawal for Peterson would be a victory and clean walk-away with the IBF Welterweight championship title. However, Spence Jr has not only worked and fought hard for his title, he will not let it go so easily.
This is not only a fight, this is next-level victory for both fighters. The question that lies is who’ll be able to impose their will and come away with the prize possession of a victory and the IBF World Championship. Whose deposit notice will be heavier than the other? Whose withdrawal notice to both the head and body will be greater than the other?
This isn’t just a world title fight. This is about who’s will be greater and stronger than the other. For this fight, both men are showing the world and to their respective future opponents that the goal for this fight isn’t just to win, it’s to win cleanly, without a scent or trace for the next.
The Time Is Now
Spence and Peterson will battle in a highly anticipated clash on Saturday, January 20 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m.
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