By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson held an open workout at the Headbangers Gym in Washington, DC as he prepares for his title defense against Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana of New York City by way of Puerto Rico on Saturday, August 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Peterson told reporters that he is looking to put out his best for this contest.
“Expect to see the best Peterson you can see,” Peterson said. “Each time, I try to get better. My goal is to always get better every fight, so expect to see a great Lamont Peterson on August 9. ”
Washington, DC native Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO’s) faces a veteran in Santana (29-4, 20 KO’s) who is ranked 13th in the world by the IBF. Peterson says that he definitely respects his challenger.
“I’ve watched him fight. He can fight,” Peterson said. “A lot of people don’t know him so they don’t think he deserves a title shot. He’s been in the game a long time and a lot of people don’t know what it takes to stay in the game for eight, nine, 10 years. He has done that and he’s still here. He’s never had a title shot. I’m glad he’s getting a chance because he can really fight.”
“Training camp is going well,” Peterson added. “I’m feeling really good for this fight. I feel confident, I’m ready to go, I’m in shape and I’m just counting the days until the fight.”
Joining Peterson at this media workout were his brother Anthony and undefeated prospect D’Mitrius Ballard, who will both compete on this card. Here are quotes from both of them.
Anthony Peterson (33-1, 21 KO’s): “It’s good to be fighting back to back again. I’m fighting twice in less than six months (Peterson’s last bout was in March where he won a 10-round unanimous decision) so you will be able to see more of me this time around.”
D’Mitrius Ballard (5-0, four KO’s) from Temple Hills, MD, will face Columbia, MD’s Barry Trotter (2-1, one KO) on August 9. This will be the fifth straight high-profile card that Ballard will compete on. “Training is going very well and I am just looking to showcase my skills on August 9. Being on the same card and being able to learn from guys like Lamont Peterson, Bernard Hopkins and Danny Garcia is a blessing. I get to learn the little things they do to prepare for a big fight.”