Lamont Peterson
Lamont Peterson

Lamont Peterson

“Havoc”

RECORD

34 - 3 - 1

KOs

17

Weight 144 lbs (65.45 kg)

Age 32

Home Memphis, Tennessee,

Complete Stats

Lamont Peterson has overcome being a homeless child on the streets of Washington, D.C., and risen to become a world champion at 140 pounds. Read Bio

Last Fight

win vs Felix Diaz

Oct 17, 2015 / EagleBank Arena, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Peterson got off to a fast start before withstanding a tough challenge to earn a 12-round majority decision.

Latest News

Latest from Lamont
Dec 25, 2015 / Twelve Rounds of Christmas, Garcia vs Peterson, Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson

The month after his April 11 clash with Danny Garcia in Brooklyn, New York, Lamont Peterson pulled out his cellphone following a workout at the Washington, D.C., gym where he trains and read us a list that he had written prior to the fight.

Oct 17, 2015 / Peterson vs Diaz, Lamont Peterson, Felix Diaz

Lamont Peterson has been through two tough fights at catchweights between 140 and 147 pounds this year, and been on both sides of majority decisions. He lost a close one to Danny Garcia in April, but righted himself Saturday at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia, with a win over a game Felix Diaz.

Oct 16, 2015 / Peterson vs Diaz, Lamont Peterson, Felix Diaz

A tight split decision, where four total rounds across three cards proved the margin of victory, is the kind of haunting loss that could leave you sitting alone in the dark at 4 a.m. watching fight replay after fight replay.

Fights

Fights

Win vs Felix Diaz

Oct 17, 2015 EagleBank Arena, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Lamont Peterson WINS against Felix Diaz by MD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Danny Garcia

Apr 11, 2015 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Danny Garcia WINS against Lamont Peterson by MD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Edgar Santana 29-4-0

Aug 09, 2014 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Edgar Santana by TKO in Round 10 of 12

Win vs Dierry Jean 25-0-0

Jan 25, 2014 DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Dierry Jean by UD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Lucas Martin Matthysse 33-2-0

May 18, 2013 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Lucas Martin Matthysse WINS against Lamont Peterson by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Kendall Holt 28-5-0

Feb 22, 2013 DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Kendall Holt by TKO in Round 8 of 12

WIN vs Amir Khan 29-1-1

Dec 10, 2011 Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Amir Khan LOSES to Lamont Peterson by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Victor Manuel Cayo 26-1-0

Jul 29, 2011 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Victor Manuel Cayo by KO in Round 12 of 12

Draw vs Victor Ortiz 28-2-1

Dec 11, 2010 Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Victor Ortiz DRAWS with Lamont Peterson by MD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Damian Fuller 30-6-1

Apr 10, 2010 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Damian Fuller by TKO in Round 7 of 10

LOSS vs Timothy Bradley Jr 24-0-0

Dec 12, 2009 Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, USA

Timothy Bradley Jr WINS against Lamont Peterson by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Willy Blain 20-0-0

Apr 25, 2009 Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Lamont Peterson WINS against Willy Blain by TKO in Round 7 of 12

Win vs Lanardo Tyner 19-1-0

Nov 01, 2008 Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Lanardo Tyner by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Rogelio Castaneda Jr 24-13-3

Jul 05, 2008 Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Rogelio Castaneda Jr by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Win vs Antonio Mesquita 34-0-0

Jan 04, 2008 Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Antonio Mesquita by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Humberto Toledo 31-4-2

Nov 17, 2007 Casablanca Casino, Providenciales, Turks And Caicos Islands

Lamont Peterson WINS against Humberto Toledo by KO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Frankie Santos 15-3-3

Sep 07, 2007 Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Frankie Santos by RTD in Round 6 of 12

Win vs John Brown 23-13-2

May 25, 2007 DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against John Brown by TKO in Round 8 of 10

Win vs Juaquin Gallardo 17-5-1

Jan 05, 2007 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Juaquin Gallardo by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Marteze Logan 24-25-2

Nov 18, 2006 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Marteze Logan by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Omar Bernal 25-8-3

Sep 01, 2006 Par-A-Dice Casino, East Peoria, Illinois, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Omar Bernal by TKO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Mario Ramos 16-2-1

Apr 28, 2006 4 Bears Casino & Lodge, New Town, North Dakota, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Mario Ramos by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Jose Leo Moreno 12-1-0

Feb 17, 2006 FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Jose Leo Moreno by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Johnny Walker 18-18-0

Dec 10, 2005 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Johnny Walker by TKO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Robert Frankel 11-3-0

Sep 02, 2005 Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Robert Frankel by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Meacher Major 7-1-1

Aug 20, 2005 Isle of Capri Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Meacher Major by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Miguel Angel Torresillas 16-4-1

Jul 19, 2005 Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino, Lula, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Miguel Angel Torresillas by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs John Frazier 4-11-1

Jun 18, 2005 FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against John Frazier by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Mikel Williams 2-7-4

May 22, 2005 Silver Star Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Mikel Williams by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Orlando Jesus Soto 7-8-1

Apr 30, 2005 Isle Of Capri, Lula, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Orlando Jesus Soto by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Larry Cunningham 0-0-0

Apr 23, 2005 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Larry Cunningham by TKO in Round 4 of 0

Win vs Oscar Perez 1-2-0

Apr 09, 2005 Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Oscar Perez by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Sheldon Mosley 1-8-0

Feb 19, 2005 Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Sheldon Mosley by TKO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Steve Verdin 3-18-2

Jan 22, 2005 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Steve Verdin by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Daniel Craycraft 8-13-2

Dec 12, 2004 Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Daniel Craycraft by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Michael Moss 10-24-2

Nov 05, 2004 Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Michael Moss by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Walter Gilliam 1-9-1

Oct 23, 2004 Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Walter Gilliam by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Nicholas Dean 0-1-0

Sep 25, 2004 FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Lamont Peterson WINS against Nicholas Dean by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Lamont Peterson “Havoc”

  • WINS 34
  • LOSSES 3
  • DRAWS 1
  • KOs 17

Weight 144 lbs (65.45 kg)

Height 5 9 " (1.75 m)

Reach 72 " (183 cm)

  • Born

    January 24, 1984
  • Age

    32
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Trains in

    Memphis, TN
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    264
  • KO Percentage

    45%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

Lamont "Havoc” Peterson was just 7 years old when his 11 siblings and mother were forced onto the streets of Washington, D.C. At 10, he met trainer Barry Hunter, who helped turn Peterson and his brother Anthony into world-class fighters. Following an impressive amateur career, Peterson is now a world champion at 140 pounds.

I think this was before my 2nd fight!

A photo posted by Lamont Peterson (@kingpete29) on

Quiet, poised and humble, Peterson doesn’t show any outward signs of the ferocity that can make a fighter’s career.

That’s because he had to master those emotions long ago in order to carve out a career for himself.

Peterson, and his 11 siblings, who include brother and fellow pro boxer Anthony Peterson, grew up in Washington, D.C.

They were forced to the streets when Peterson was just 7 years old after their father went to jail, leaving their mother to raise the 12 children on her own.

Not long after that, Peterson's mother often was unable to care for the family, leaving the kids to fend for themselves.

"You'd play with your friends and you'd have fun all day, and then you knew at the end of the day, once it got to a certain time, your friends were going to go home,” Peterson told CNN in 2012. “They'd be in their beds warm, and you knew that you weren't.”

Lamont Peterson with his brother Anthony
Lamont Peterson, foreground, and his brother Anthony pause during a training session at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C., in July 2003.

Changing direction

When Peterson was 10 years old, he met trainer Barry Hunter, who helped turn the youngster’s life around.

Hunter took Lamont and Anthony Peterson under his wing and guided them both to successful amateur careers.

Peterson won the 2000 Junior Olympic title at 132 pounds, then fought his way to a Golden Gloves championship in 2001 at age 17.

It was a promising start for the rising star, who went on to score amateur wins over Rock Allen, Andre Dirrell and Willy Blain.

Once he went pro in 2004 at age 20, Peterson fought throughout the South and Midwest to pile up a perfect 26-0 record.

Lamont Peterson fighting Amir Khan
Lamont Peterson punches Amir Khan during their 140-pound title fight in Washington, D.C., on December 10, 2011.

Experiencing highs and lows

With Hunter still training him as a professional, Peterson got a shot at the interim 140-pound title in April 2009 against a familiar foe: Blain.

The result was the same in the rematch, with Peterson scoring a seventh-round TKO.

His championship reign would be short-lived, though, as he lost a unanimous decision to Timothy Bradley just eight months later.

Peterson battled his way back to another title shot in December 2011 against two-time champion Amir Khan.

Peterson won a 12-round split decision in Washington, D.C.

Lamont Peterson fighting Dierry Jean
Lamont Peterson, right, mixes it up with Dierry Jean during their 140-pound title fight in Washington, D.C., on January 25, 2014.

Championship reign

Following a 14-month layoff, Peterson returned to the ring, and defended his title with an eighth-round TKO of Kendall Holt in Washington, D.C., in February 2013.

Peterson fought again just three months later, losing for just the second time as a professional when Lucas Matthysse stopped him in the third round of their nontitle bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Peterson bounced back in his next fight, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Dierry Jean in January 2014 to retain his title.

He successfully defended his championship again in August 2014, when he gained a 10th-round TKO of Edgar Santana in Brooklyn, New York.

Lamont Peterson unloads on Danny Garcia during their fight in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11, 2015.

Dropping a close decision to Danny Garcia

Peterson returned to the ring in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11, 2015, for a 143-pound catch-weight fight against Danny Garcia that was aired live on NBC.

After a slow start, Peterson became more active as the fight progressed and dominated the final five rounds on the referees' scorecards. However, Garcia won a slim 12-round majority decision, gaining a 115-113 edge from two of the judges, while the third scored it 114-114.

“I’m not sure I gave him the first half,” Peterson said in the ring after the fight. “Just because I was moving a lot doesn’t mean I was losing rounds. I came on strong. It was a close fight and the judges gave him a decision.”