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Peterson: it takes a team

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

In a battle of unbeatens, Timothy Bradley (24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., will defend his World Boxing Association (WBO) junior welterweight title against interim champ Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) of Washington, D.C., this Saturday, Dec. 12 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The story of Peterson and his brother Anthony is one of the most compelling in a sport filled with rags-to-riches tales. It hasn’t been an easy road for the pair, who were left homeless after their father landed in jail for a drug conviction, leaving the pair fighting on the streets to survive.

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

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After years of homelessness and jumping from foster home to foster home in Washington D.C., the Petersons were discovered by trainer Barry Hunter, who took them to his gym and taught them the sweet science. Boxing gave them discipline, hope and the goal to become world champions.

Also included in the attached photos are Lamont’s brother-in-law Patrice Harris and Barry Hunter. Finally, Peterson’s entire team assembled for a photograph on Wednesday in Rancho Mirage, California.

Peterson is coming off a seventh-round TKO over previously unbeaten Willy Blain on April 25, 2009 for the interim WBO junior welterweight title. The SHOWTIME telecast will open with WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, defending his belts against WBC interim titlist Tomas Rojas (32-10, 22 KOs) of Mexico.

The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Top Rank, Inc. Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling Star Tickets at (800) 585-3737.

SHOWTIME championship boxing announcers Gus Johnson and Al Bernstein will call the action with Jim Gray reporting from ringside. The executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports is Ray Smaltz, with Bob Dunphy directing.

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