After almost 15 years as a professional boxer, 35 year old Lamont Peterson decided that Sunday’s fight against Sergey Lipinets would be his last.
The older of the two Peterson brothers, Lamont had a career that included world titles at 140 and 147lbs. Although each time the took home a piece of the world championship home, he had them usurped by bigger names of his era like Timothy Bradley, Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia, and Errol Spence Jr, I think he’ll be remembered as one of the “names” of this era. Peterson was a great fighter and a great gatekeeper, and there’s something powerful about the fact that none of his losses came by means of some disappointing under performance, but rather moments of current day greats passing through the gate.
You can’t take anything away from this guy. Even in his few losses, he held the post of gatekeeper with great honor.
I commend Lamont Peterson for announcing his retirement after his Sunday night loss to Sergey Lipinets. It was a fight where he definitely had his moments where he was winning, but he started to break down hurt by Lipinets’ shots. A champion gets to retire on his own terms, in a clear state of mind, and Lamont Peterson got to do it his way in front of his hometown DC crowd.
Congratulations on a brilliant career Lamont. Enjoy your retirement, champ.