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Boxing | International

Lamont Peterson © Gallo Images

Lamont ready to fight – at last



Lamont Peterson is finally set to defend the title he took from Amir Khan 14 months ago.

The American says his long layoff will not be a problem when he fights Kendall Holt in Washington next week.

Peterson beat Khan on a split decision after the Englishman was twice docked a point for pushing. A planned rematch last May was called off after Peterson tested positive for a synthetic testosterone.

The WBA restored its light-welterweight title to Khan but the IBF accepted an appeal by Peterson.

When Zab Judah bowed out as mandatory challenger to take another bout, Holt got his chance and Peterson finally had an opponent. The two will meet on February 22 in Peterson's hometown of Washington.

"It feels great to get back into the ring," Peterson said. "The layoff did not hurt me because I've been in the gym training like I was going to fight for the past year.

"I don't believe in ring rust. A fighter fights and that's what I do. But one good thing with the time off is that I have been able to rest my body and work on fine tuning my skills. I'm ready to fight now.

"My shoulder is 100 per cent healthy and I feel fantastic," said Peterson, who had surgery on his right shoulder last year. "The explosiveness is there and I'm punching harder than ever.

“I feel more confident in my ability to back up my opponents. I feel like a whole new man."

Among his sparring partners has been former world welterweight champion Shane Mosley.

Peterson, whose record stands at 30-1-1 with 15 knockouts, will be up against a former WBC light-welterweight champion.

TYSON BACK IN INDY

SAPA-AP reports that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is putting his personality on full display when he opens a 36-city tour of his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

Tyson was convicted of raping an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant and spent three years in jail in the 1990s. He has not been back to the city since he was released from prison in 1995.

Tyson is uncertain what kind of reaction he'll get from the crowd. His wife Kiki wrote the script for his show. He's also a father and has started a charitable organisation.



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