Lamont Peterson makes the third defense of his IBF Junior Welterweight Championship on Saturday night at the Barclays Center, taking on unheralded local fighter Edgar Santana.
Peterson captured the title in an upset of Amir Khan late in 2011, and, a non-title knockout loss to Lucas Matthysse notwithstanding, has held it ever since. He took a clear decision from the previously unbeaten Dierry Jean in a title defense this January and looked very good in the process.
Santana is staring down the barrel of the opportunity of his lifetime. The Puerto Rican fighter is well-known in some New York boxing circles, but he has never achieved much mainstream success. He’s a pretty significant underdog, but a win here would make his career.
Never say never in boxing, even when the odds seem long.
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