By Mark Elezaj
After a 14 month layoff, Lamont Peterson returned to the ring to face Sergey Lipinets in what was an all out, back-and-forth battle that had the fight fans on their feet cheering this past Sunday night.
In a clear fight of the year contender, Lipinets was able to stop Peterson via a 10th round knockout victory in what was an action packed welterweight fight at the MGM National Harbor. The fight ended when Barry Hunter, Petersons trainer, threw in the towel. After the fight, Peterson thanked the crowd of 2,052 and announced his retirement from the sport of boxing after a 15-year pro career.
From the opening bell, neither fighter wasted any time. They fought toe to toe for almost the entire fight. Both warriors went right at each other, firing away heavy shots on the inside.
Peterson seemed to control the fight up until Lipinets took over in the sixth round. In the eight round, Lipinets landed a hard right that had Lamont reeling. Lipinets was landing at will from that point but somehow Peterson was able to survive the round. As the fight continued, the momentum shifted and was clearly with Lipinets.
In the 10th, he nailed Peterson, dropping him to the canvas. Thats when Peterson’s lifelong trainer, Barry Hunter, threw in the towel, saving his fighter.
The official time of stoppage was 2:59 of round 10.
“He hit me with some good shots, I hit him with some good shots,” Peterson said. “It just kinda came out of nowhere. Recently, that’s been happening some, and that kinda tells you something.”
At the time of the stoppage, Peterson had outlanded Lipinets, 303-972 to 264-986.
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“It’s been a long career, but today is the day. I’m thankful for the support. I love everyone here, and I’m always going to support this area, but I’m sure it’s time for me to hang it up,” Peterson said. “I couldn’t go out in a better way here at home. This will be the last time you see me in the ring.”
“It was back and forth and we were hitting each other with some good shots. It kind of just came out of nowhere at the end. That’s been happening to me more now and that let me know that it’s time for this to be the last time in the ring.”
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Peterson leaves the sport of boxing with a 35-5-1 record, including 17 wins by way of knockouts.
Peterson has been in the ring with some of the sport’s most prominent names. The highlight of Peterson’s career was on December 10, 2011, when he beat Amir Khan to win the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts.
Lamont Peterson may have lost the fight this weekend, but he walks away a true warrior of the sport. He’s never ducked or dodged a fight, he’s always given 100% and the fans know this. Enjoy your retirement champ, you earned it.
Thank you Mr. Peterson, Thank you!
~ The Fighting Voice ~