Unbeaten lightweight Anthony Peterson of Washington, D.C. is training under water to get ready for Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 title card on August 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It’s all part of Peterson’s plan to strengthen his right knee which was twisted during a long run while he was preparing for a fight in February. Barry Hunter, chief trainer for Peterson, put together a training game plan: 12 laps to warm up, a series of squats, running and shadow boxing – all in the water. “After I train in the gym I head to the Rec Center (in Washington, D.C.) and get into the pool,” said Peterson, who will fight Luis Arceo of Mexico. “It’s hard work in the water – I can hold my breath 2 minutes, 5 seconds – but worth it. I feel fantastic and I am ready to fight. Peterson was initially injured when he was scheduled to fight Edner Cherrry on the Miguel Cotto vs. Michael Jennings fight card at Madison Square Garden. “I was running, heard something in my right knee, stopped and then got it examined,” said Peterson. “It was bad enough where I could not fight on Feb. 17. However, I am now healthy and ready to go.” Tickets for Pinoy Power 2, which features ‘The Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire vs. Rafael Concepcion, are $200, $100, $50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com
Anthony’s brother Lamont, chief trainer Barry Hunter and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman will be at ringside this weekend for the Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell title fight at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lamont is in line to fight the winner. Bradley is the WBO 140-pound world champion, Lamont is the WBO interim 140-pound champion. “I just want to see Bradley and Campbell up close,” said Hunter.
Donald ‘Lone Star Cobra’ Curry, the former world welterweight champion, said today there is “something very special about Manny Pacquiao. I don’t know exactly what it is but he could have easily competed successfully against all of the great welterweights in the 1980s.” Curry is living in Fort Worth, Texas, where he looking to train upcoming fighters.