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Matthysse in Lamont's way

Lamont Peterson wants a chance to reclaim the world title that he lost after a positive doping test.

But he will probably have to fight Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse first.

And the co-feature of a proposed tournament in Atlantic City on May 18 is likely to be a twice-delayed showdown between Britain's unbeaten Kell Brook and US southpaw Devon Alexander.

The fight was again postponed earlier this month when Alexander suffered a muscle injury.

Alexander, whose professional record is 24-1, with 13 knockouts, is likely to defend his IBF welterweight title against Brook, who stands at 29-0, with 19 knockouts.

It would be the Englishman's first world title fight and only his second fight outside Britain.

Peterson, who signed with Golden Boy Promotions earlier this year, hopes he can eventually land a chance against another Golden Boy boxer, Danny Garcia.

He beat England's Amir Khan in December 2011 to win the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles. But he tested positive for synthetic testosterone ahead of a planned rematch.

The WBA returned its title to Khan, who then lost it to Garcia. The IBF granted an appeal from Peterson, saying his low testosterone treatments gave him no unfair advantage, and kept him as the champion.

Peterson defended the crown last weekend, stopping Kendall Holt in the eighth round to end a 14-month layoff and improve to 31-1-1 with 16 knockouts. His prospects have suddenly brightened.

"I'm happy and looking forward to the future," Peterson said. "I hope we can get the guys we want to fight; Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse or a rematch with Khan.

"I would like to fight Garcia. I still think I'm the WBA champion and he still has that belt. I want to get that fight to show who the real champion is.

"I want the best fights we can make. Whoever wants to fight me, I want to fight them."

Garcia will defend the WBA and WBC titles against Zab Judah on April 27, three weeks before Matthysse and Peterson are due to meet. A unification matchup of the winners later in the year could be a top draw.

"I'm all about fighting the top fighters out there and Matthysse is one of them," Peterson said. "And that's enough time for me to recover and get ready.

"I don't think he's going to pose any problem for me. If I fight Matthysse it will give me a chance to do all the boxing I want."

Matthysse, 33-2 with 31 knockouts, has won five fights in a row since a 2011 loss to Alexander; a 10-round split-decision defeat. His other loss was in 2010 to Zab Judah, also by split decision.

Peterson's only loss came to Tim Bradley by unanimous decision in 2009.


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