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Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, and Danny Jacobs Dominate

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Photo courtesy of Suzan Classen

by Sarah Deming

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Saturday’s card at Barclays was a bad night for the underdog, and  – to quote light welterweight Edgar Santana (above right) – we are all underdogs in one way or another. 

In the first of the night’s three mismatches broadcast on Showtime, bone cancer survivor Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (below) almost finished Aussie Jarrod Fletcher in the first round. Fletcher hung on until stopped by a barrage in the fifth. 

The reliably odious Jim Gray worked the cancer angle overtime in the post-fight interview, even asking Jacobs what he thought about when he was on his deathbed. What Danny Jacobs thought about on his deathbed is none of our business. Anyway, it’s not a deathbed if you survive. 

Photos by Amanda Kwok for Showtime

Opening Bell: Lamont Peterson Returns August 9th

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Lamont Peterson photo by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

Even if featherweight Gary Russell Jr. wins his first belt on Saturday, the reigning pride of D.C. will still be junior welterweight contender Lamont Peterson. Peterson is the man that brought big-time boxing back to D.C. and is the only local fighter that has proven himself again and again in front of his hometown fans. So when we hear Peterson is planning to return on August 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, that qualifies as big news.

The news comes to us via Headbangers spokesman Andre Johnson, who had few other details. The fact Lamont is leaving D.C. makes me think this will be against a real opponent; why else would Peterson forego a hometown fight to perform on the undercard of a stinker like Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook? I’m sure Showtime isn’t eager to televise that fight as a main event, and definitely not with Lamont in a stay-busy fight as the co-feature.

So we are quietly hoping that this will be the moment Lamont finally gets his shot at the division’s top man, Danny Garcia of Philadelphia. Now, I have no inside information on this. The word on the street is that Garcia is lining up to fight Brooklyn’s once-beaten Gabriel “Tito” Bracero after his lack-luster showing against Mauricio Herrera. But little would be gained from that fight for Garcia. Meanwhile, Peterson is a real name, and someone that has earned another shot at the title.

The Night BHop & Big Daddy Bowe Brought Boxing to RFK Stadium

by Aaron Tallent Special to Stiff Jab

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bernard Hopkins’ dominating win over Beibut Shumenov at D.C. Armory on April 19th was proof that Washington has re-emerged as a first-rate fight town. Almost 7,000 fans crowded the Armory to see Hopkins confirm his place as the top contender to light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. The rise of Lamont Peterson is what brought the TV networks back to the nation’s capital, but BHop was first out-of-town fighter to headline here in almost a decade.

The irony is that Hopkins was there the last time D.C. hosted a huge fight when he faced Roy Jones Jr. in 1993 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (RFK) Stadium, just a stone’s throw away from the Armory. The story of that debacle is much less about Hopkins and Jones than it is about Riddick Bowe and his manager, Rock Newman.

Entering 1993, Bowe was flying high. He won the heavyweight title from Evander Holyfield in November 1992 and was building a mansion in Fort Washington, Md., a suburb of the District. That allowed him to be near Newman, a graduate of Howard University who lived in Washington. The D.C. boxing community had already embraced “Big Daddy,” and a lucrative deal with HBO was in the offing, provided Bowe keep winning.

Opening Bell: Bernard Hopkins Fights At D.C. Armory April 19th

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Bernard Hopkins photo by Hogan Photos for Golden Boy

by Gautham Nagesh

If there was any doubt that Washington, D.C. is a fight town once again, Golden Boy Promotions has put it firmly to rest. Legendary Philadelphia light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins announced recently that he will fight in Washington for the first time in 15 years on April 19th at D.C. Armory. The main event will feature Hopkins against Kazakh contender Beibut Shumenov and will be televised on Showtime

A partner in Golden Boy, the 49-year-old Hopkins will be the brightest star to fight in Washington since a faded Mike Tyson lost his final bout to Kevin McBride at the then-MCI Center in 2005. The co-feature could feature Peter Quillin or local featherweight Gary Russell Jr. in his biggest fight to date against Jhonny Gonzalez. Either fight would make this the biggest card in Washington since Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan in December 2011.

BHop has history in the DMV; he lost to Roy Jones Jr. at RFK Stadium in 1993 and later defended his middleweight title in the area three times, the last against Robert Allen in 1999 at Washington Convention Center. Hopkins told ESPN’s Dan Rafael that it was the reception he received in D.C. while promoting Peterson’s win over Dierry Jean last month (below) that convinced him to bring his next fight down I-95.

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Photo by Tom Casino for Showtime

"When I was in Washington (on Jan. 25) promoting the Lamont Peterson (junior welterweight title) fight at the Armory, the people there showed me a lot of love and respect," Hopkins told ESPN. "I got mad respect for the fans there and they got mad respect for me in D.C. Fighting in D.C. is like fighting in Philly as far as I’m concerned. It will definitely be a Bernard Hopkins house and I will give them something to cheer about."

Opening Bell: Anthony Peterson & Joan Guzman March 7 at D.C. Armory

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Lamont & Anthony Peterson photos by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

After Saturday night’s near-sellout at D.C. Armory, it’s clear that Washington has firmly re-established itself as a fight town. Some of my fellow writers were skeptical about the turnout early, but I was confident the arena would fill up. This was Lamont Peterson (left) headlining on Showtime. For the knowledgeable local fan base, nothing more need be said.

Peterson delivered, as his fans knew he would. As Anna ably noted, Peterson has been the tentpole of D.C.’s emerging boxing franchise, and his rise has helped draw all the major boxing networks back to Washington for the first time in many years. It has also provided a platform for the area’s talented youngsters to ply their craft, and inspiration for them to keep pursuing their dreams in the ring. In short, without Lamont, there is no resurgence in D.C. boxing.

Cheering Lamont through his recent string of high-profile fights has been his brother Anthony (below), a decorated lightweight in his own right. Where Lamont is quiet and reserved, Anthony is boisterous and outgoing. He is a constant presence in the local boxing scene, yet has only fought twice since sustaining his only loss by disqualification against Brandon Rios in September 2010. 

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Don’t Call It A Comeback: Lamont Peterson Beats Dierry Jean

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Photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—All week long, Lamont Peterson insisted he felt no ill effects from his knockout loss to Lucas Matthysse last May. Many were skeptical, including his opponent, unbeaten Canadian junior welterweight Dierry Jean. Jean questioned Peterson’s chin, and promised to stop the D.C. native for the second time of his career.

But on Saturday night it was Peterson who rocked his opponent repeatedly, and Jean who faded as the fight wore on. Peterson was too tough and too strong for Jean, taking control in the middle rounds and winning a clear decision over twelve rounds to stay among the top names at 140 lbs. Most importantly, Peterson thrilled the more than 5,000 fans in attendance at D.C. Armory, most of whom were there to see him carry the mantle for the nation’s capital on Showtime.

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Lamont Peterson vs Dierry Jean Bout Sheet
Show promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. First bell at D.C. Armory Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4 p.m. Full preview and predictions here.

Lamont Peterson vs Dierry Jean Bout Sheet

Show promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. First bell at D.C. Armory Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4 p.m. Full preview and predictions here.

Lamont Peterson vs Dierry Jean Weigh-In

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Photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Anna John

WASHINGTON, D.C.—How do you annoy the fecal matter out of Lamont Peterson (left)?

Ask him (for the umpteenth time) if he has recovered from getting knocked out by Lucas Matthysse.

Seriously, don’t do it. Yesterday, when I innocently (Hey! It wasn’t *my* idea…my editor demanded it!) asked him that question, he rolled his eyes sadly before murmuring, “Not again.” He’s sick of telling people that he’s moved past that fight, as he informed Brian Custer of Showtime at today’s weigh-in at the Renaissance Hotel downtown.

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“Ain’t nobody worried about that, man. I’m ready to fight tomorrow, man, that’s all we worried about…I’m ready to fight right now, really. So at this point, who cares about what they say? I’mma show you tomorrow what I’m about,” Peterson promised.

Before Peterson stepped up to the mic, his opponent Dierry Jean (below) said he dreamed of taking home a belt. Lamont’s response?

“Key word: dream. We’re all entitled to a dream so he gonna have to show me tomorrow.”

Speaking of Dierry Jean, he stripped down to Diesel knickers while I was distracted by the realization that D.C.’s underwear game is wack.

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Preview: Lamont Peterson vs Dierry Jean, Mikey Garcia & More

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Photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

After a slow start to 2014, boxing kicks into high gear this weekend. There will be total of five shows on national TV this Friday & Saturday, plus assorted other shows across the country. 

Of most interest to our readers is the Saturday night Golden Boy Promotions show at the D.C. Armory, headlined by Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean (above) at 140 lbs. We’ll be ringside for the card, which also features Gabriel Rosado vs. Jermell Charlo in an intriguing crossroads fight, while the undercard is stacked with local prospects.

But that’s just the start. HBO has a show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday headlined by Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos at 130 lbs. Local light heavyweight Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. will headline on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tomorrow, while NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1 will also bring us shows from Atlantic City and Indio, Calif. on the same night.

Full previews and predictions after the jump:

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Lucas Matthysse Stops Lamont Peterson

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Photo by Tom Casino for SHOWTIME

by Gautham Nagesh

Not every tale can have a Hollywood ending. Lamont Peterson found that out the hard way on Saturday night, losing by knockout in the third round to Lucas Matthysse in Atlantic City on Showtime. 

Opening Bell: Lamont Peterson Vindicated After False Reports

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Photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com 

by Gautham Nagesh 

Last week the Internet lit up with rumors of another failed drug test by Washington, D.C. junior welterweight contender Lamont Peterson (above).

The smoke turned into fire when Ring Magazine reported Peterson had tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a banned substance used to accelerate weight loss, after his recent win over Kendall Holt. Peterson, who previously admitted to receiving a therapeutic testosterone injection before his win over Amir Khan, was immediately castigated on the Internet as a serial cheat, even though the D.C. Boxing Commission indicated his tests had come back negative.

Eventually the truth came out: it was Holt that had tested positive for HCG returned an atypical test result, not Peterson. The Ring retracted its original report and issued an apology, blogs changed their headlines, and it became Holt’s turn to issue denials via social media. But the damage was already done. Hundreds of commenters had already weighed in, denouncing Peterson and staining his name. Rather than distancing himself from the PED scandal that shelved him for over a year, Peterson was pressed to refute baseless allegations when he should have been preparing for the biggest fight of his career.

Opening Bell: Lamont Peterson-Lucas Matthysse & More

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Photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

This column is where I’m supposed to update you on fight announcements and all the other business of boxing stuff that makes this a professional site. Unfortunately I’ve been slacking, but we’re going to try and make up for that with one marathon inbox dump, which should have you all caught up on the latest happenings in our coverage area. Without further ado:

Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse In A.C. May 18 Looks Likely: The chips are starting to fall into place in the junior welterweight division, setting the stage for one of Golden Boy’s four 140-pounder to come out as the undisputed king of the division. First up is a showdown between Lamont Peterson (above)and Lucas Matthysse, which looks likely to take place in Atlantic City on May18th as part of a co-feature on Showtime with Devon Alexander vs. Kell Brook. That fight has already been delayed once, and could produce a future opponent for recent Showtime signing Floyd Mayweather. 

Lamont Peterson Turns It Around Against Kendall Holt in D.C.

Photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com

by Trey Pollard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Sure, this fight officially ended in the 8th round, when referee Tony Weeks waved Kendall Holt’s hopes off after a possessed Lamont Peterson rattled his opponent’s head for the sixth or seventh time of the evening.

But the fight effectively over as soon as Peterson landed his first solid punch of the night: a hard left hand up high, landing mid-way through the fourth round - the first glimmer of hope of the night for Peterson. Before it hit, Peterson’s hometown crowd at the D.C. Armory barked nervously, shuffling in their seats, too anxious to even cat-call the absurdly dressed ring card girls.

Once Peterson landed that punch, the tide shifted. It was enough to break through the nervous energy, enough to shake off 14 months of ring rust, enough to stop Kendall Holt from looking like a contender, and evidently enough to give Peterson his confidence back after the failed drug test that sent his career spiraling.

Preview: Lamont Peterson vs Kendall Holt At D.C. Armory

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Photos by Anna John for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh 

It has been a long time since we’ve seen that smile from D.C. junior welterweight Lamont Peterson (right).Since his last fight, a career-defining win over Amir Khan in December 2011Peterson has been forced to defend himself against allegations of PED use. He has spent over a year of his prime on the shelf, and has watched his name disappear from the rankings due to inactivity.

On Friday night, Peterson will return to the ring looking to re-establish himself as one of the top fighters in the world at 140 lbs. Peterson hopes to duplicate his previous appearance on ESPN, where he dominated lesser opposition to earn the Khan fight. A win over Kendall Holt at D.C. Armory would put Peterson back in the top-5, setting up a premium cable showdown with one of his Golden Boy stablemates. A loss would be a setback that might take years to overcome.

Lamont Peterson Signs With Golden Boy

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Photo by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

Washington, D.C. junior welterweight contender Lamont Peterson didn’t have much reason to smile for most of 2012, but it looks like his luck could be changing in the new year.

Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference this week in Southeast D.C. to announce their signing of Peterson, who will return to the ring for the first time in 14 months to fight the dangerous Kendall Holt on February 22nd. The 12-round fight will be televised by ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and will take place at the D.C. Armory, where Peterson’s meaningless IBF trinket will be on the line. More importantly, a win would put Peterson in line for a big money fight against any of the top three fighters at 140 lbs., who are all signed with Golden Boy.

"I am excited about signing with Golden Boy Promotions and the opportunity to work with them again," said Peterson. "Being with Golden Boy really gives me the chance to make the best fights available in my weight class. I want to fight the best in the world at 140 [pounds] and I know it can happen as a member of the Golden Boy team. I am optimistic that this is a decision that will help further my career."

Photo by Juan Marshall