By Lee Bates
Unbeaten junior welterweight contender Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs) will attempt to win his first world title this Saturday when he takes on fellow unbeaten contender William Blain (20-0, 3 KOs) for the WBO interim junior welterweight title. Peterson spoke on his history with Blain, preparation for Blain, and his comfort and confidence with his trainer Barry Hunter.
How familiar are you with Blain?
I’m very familiar with him. We fought as amateurs in 2003 where I beat him by decision. I’ve also seen him fight as a professional. He basically looks to outpoint you. He has a get in and get out style.
Would you say that you’ve fought anyone similar to Blain thus far as a professional?
Actually I have not fought anyone close to his style. I’ve fought a lot of pressure fighters since I’ve been professional but my trainer Barry Hunter has an effective game plan that we’ve worked on that you’ll see to be successful Saturday night.
Speaking of Hunter he’s actually a very calm presence in your corner wouldn’t you say?
Very calm and gets his message across to you clearly. Every fighter is different but I personally respond better to the calm way he speaks in the corner. I feel you get your message through to a fighter better that way.
I also understand you’re a relatively new father as well. Congratulations.
Thank you very much. I’m a very proud father. My daughter Sommer is 5 months old now. It definitely gives me even more motivation now to excel in the sport. I’m very focused for this fight and winning my first world title.
The event titled ‘Champion vs Champion’ is being promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing. HBO will televise the event live Saturday April 25th from the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In the main event WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) will take on WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). Tickets can still be purchased by calling the Ticket Center at (787) 792-5000.