Lamont Peterson waited 14 long months to get his"Redemption" and he certainly got it tonight with a brutal Round 8 TKO of former WBO champion Kendall Holt.
There were some scary moments in the early rounds of the fight as Peterson looked a little rusty and let his opponent win the rounds easily. But in Round 4 Peterson took charge and put Holt on the floor for the first time.
In Round 6 Holt was once again on the canvas, and it didn't look as though he would make it out of the round.
Round 8 it was all Peterson as he brutalized Holt on the ropes until referee Tony Weeks at seen enough and called a halt to the bout at the 1:42 mark.
After tonights emphatic win it looks as though Peterson is once again a major player in the junior welterweight division.
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UPDATE: In just about an hour from now Lamont Peterson and Kendall Holt will make their way to the ring, stick with Bleacher Report for live updates throughout.
IBF junior welterweight champion and D.C. native Lamont Peterson will be defending his title for the first time when he takes on former WBO champion Kendall Holt at 9 p.m. ET Friday in Washington, D.C.
Peterson (30-1-1, 15KOs) has not fought since winning his title in December 2011, when he defeated Amir Khan for the WBA and IBF belts. That fight, which also took place in D.C., was controversial, to say the least. There were questionable point deductions and a mysterious man in a black hat talking to the judges at ringside.
Before a scheduled May 19, 2012 rematch with Khan was to take place, Peterson failed a pre-fight drug test for PEDs. The fight was canceled, and Khan was reinstated as the WBA champion.
Tonight’s fight card has been dubbed “The Redemption,” and that is exactly what Peterson will be looking for in the ESPN2-televised bout after a 2012 he would very much like to forget.
Holt (28-5, 16 KOs) also is looking to get his career back on track after a 2012 that saw him fight only once.
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