Errol Spence Jr. to make 1st title defense against veteran Lamont Peterson in Jan.

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Written By Eric Gomes: Hungry IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) will next square off against Lamont Peterson(35-3-1, 17 KOs). The site and official date has not yet been disclosed, but Spence assured the crowd that Peterson is in fact his next opponent. Spence was in town at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Showtime-televised junior middleweight world title triple-header. Spence’s friend/sparring partner WBC champion Jermell Charlo stole the show with a shocking 1st round KO of his #1 mandatory Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin. Spence went on record saying Charlo’s sensational KO has motivated him for his next fight [against Lamont Peterson].

Errol Spence Jr

Errol Spence Jr became a champion after successfully beating the UK’s Kell Brook (pictured left) on his home turf.

Lamont Peterson is a true veteran and as game as they come. Peterson has not been the most active fighter, however, each and every time he fights he comes to bring it. I was on hand at Peterson’s last fight in Cincinnati on the Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados card. Peterson fought David Avanesyan in his first fight at the full 147 lbs. Welterweight division. Peterson coming off a 16-month layoff started rather slow but picked up the pace as the fight progressed. In the end, Peterson won by unanimous decision to capture the regular WBA world welterweight title. Reports surfaced last week that Peterson contacted the WBA, formerly vacating the title and thanking them for giving him the opportunity. I am not quite sure what prompted Peterson to vacate the title, perhaps taking the Spence Jr. fight had something to do with it.

Peterson, who was once homeless never lacks heart and ambition in his bouts. Some may consider this an “easy” win for Spence Jr. but Peterson is battle-tested. Peterson career wise has faced the likes of: Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Victor Ortiz, Kendall Holt, and more. Peterson has a total of 3 losses but, he has only been stopped once by the hard-hitting Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse in 2013. In fact, Peterson’s last loss versus Danny Garcia at a catch-weight is a highly disputed loss; in which many felt Peterson did enough to win.

Spence made it clear at the press conference when announcing the fight that he respects Peterson (the two have previously sparred together). Despite the past history together, business is business and Spence needs an opponent. In addition, Spence Jr. seems to be heavily avoided, the least sought out fighter of all the big name Welterweights in the division. So I just respect Peterson, who is only one fight (non-catchweight) into the division for stepping up to take the Spence Jr. challenge. This should be a fun title fight to see what the new champion Spence Jr is able to do with a cagey and smart veteran.

“He’s somebody I looked up to in the amateurs and I learned a lot from. I had a training camp with him at the Olympic training center. He gave me different advice on how to punch, how to slow down my punches, how to speed ’em up. So he’s a guy I really look up to. He’s one of my favorite fighters. He’ll fight anybody. I’ve never known him to duck a fight, say no to a fight. I’m looking forward to it. He’s got true grit. Lamont Peterson is a real fighter. Peterson is a guy who gives it his all and has a big heart.”

Errol Spence Jr.

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