On Friday, January 4th, in what will be the first televised bout of 2008, Memphis based Prize Fight Boxing and the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi kick off the New Year with a bang by welcoming back Anthony and Lamont Peterson, live on Showtime’s popular fight series, ShoBox: The New Generation..
Ranked #1 in the world by the WBO, Anthony (25-0, 18KO’s) returns to the gulf coast for the third time a day shy of exactly one year since his last appearance. Recently voted ESPN’s 2007 Prospect of the Year, Lamont (23-0, 11KO’s), ranked #3 in the world by the WBO returns for a fourth time. Both brothers were featured on ESPN Friday night fights, when Anthony scored a fourth round annihilation over the rugged Juan Garza that earned him his championship belt, while older brother Lamont earned his junior welterweight strap by forcing Frankie Santos to retire on his stool rather than coming out for the seventh round.
While many fighters hope for a big fight or a shot at a world title in ’08, the Peterson brothers, who plan to waste no time getting back into the ring, refuse to rest on their laurels of yesteryear.
Anthony will face Mexico’s Guadalupe Rosales (25-2, 15KO’s) while Lamont goes up against undefeated Las Vegas resident, Antonio Mesquita (34-0, 26KO’s). Whomever the Peterson brothers fight will simply be stepping stones on their way to the world championship stage. “Every fight right now for us is a stepping stone,” said Lamont. “Even though we don’t look past our opponents, we hope whoever we fight will pose a threat to us so we can prove that we’re up for the test when we get our world title shot.”
Younger brother Anthony added, “There is nothing that our opponents can bring to the table that we haven’t seen already. We will be ready on the 4th, and hopefully we can get some work in to prepare ourselves for a world title shot. The fans in Biloxi have shown us tremendous support and we look forward to giving them more of the same.”
The game plan for ’08 is a simple one for the Peterson brothers, and one that they’ve had since earning National Championships in their days as amateurs. “We’re just waiting to become world champions,” said Lamont. “Keep your eyes on the Peterson brothers, because ’08 is going to be our year!”
Tickets are on sale now at the fan friendly price of $100, $75, $50 and $35 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or www.ticketmaster.com, also the Hard Rock Biloxi box office or visit http://www.hardrockbiloxi.com