Peterson (31-1-1, 15 KOs) took some time to shake the ring rust off, but eventually found his rhythm midway through the fight.
After Peterson landed a mean left hook to the body in Round 4, Holt (28-6, 16 KOs) went into a defensive shell. Lamont stalked Kendall until referee Tony Weeks was forced to the stop the bout at the 1:42 mark in Round 8.
Peterson gave the hometown crowd a memorable show, displaying the determination and grit that has characterized his style not only inside the ring, but also outside of it.
With the convincing win over Holt, Peterson now has some interesting options for his next opponent.
Peterson made it known that his desire is to face WBA title holder, Danny Garcia:
"I would love to fight Danny Garcia, I still think that I am the champ, the WBA champ, and I want to get the fight to make that happen."
But, with Danny Garcia set to face Zab Judah in April, Peterson would be smart to look beyond that fight for now and entertain the idea of facing one the most-feared men at junior welterweight, Lucas Matthysse.
With both men coming off of impressive knockout victories to start the year, interest in this fight is starting to build.
Read on to find out the top reasons why Lamont Peterson should face Lucas Matthysse in his next fight.