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LAMONT PETERSON: "I CAN SHOW YOU HOW I COME BACK FROM A KNOCKOUT BETTER THAN I CAN TELL YOU...YOU'LL SEE SATURDAY"

By Press Release | January 23, 2014
LAMONT PETERSON:

"I can show you how I come back from a knockout better than I can tell you;  you'll see Saturday night.  You just have to forget it, it can happen to the best of us.  Even basketball players shoot air ball free throws; sometimes that's just what happens.  I didn't have a hard time dealing with it, just seemed like the media did," stated IBF jr. welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, who spoke at the final press conference at Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. ahead of his anticipated clash with undefeated jr. welterweight contender Dierry Jean. Check out what else he had to say!

Lamont Peterson, IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion

"We're going to give everyone a great show; make sure you come out and support.  Once you're inside you should be warm and kept plenty entertained by the fighters.

"It should be an entertaining fight, but at end of the day I'm going to come out victorious.

"I've seen Jean fight on film.  He's tough.  He's got good speed and power, basically everything that you look for in a fighter.  It's going to be a good challenge.

"I can show you how I come back from a knockout better than I can tell you;  you'll see Saturday night.  You just have to forget it, it can happen to the best of us.  Even basketball players shoot air ball free throws; sometimes that's just what happens.  I didn't have a hard time dealing with it, just seemed like the media did.

"We train hard, we go into the fight and we are there to win, but of course there's a chance you can lose.  That's what happened [with his fight against Lucas Matthysse], but you just have to pick yourself up and move on.

"I have always been someone who thinks you can only be distracted if you allow it.  If you don't allow distractions, then, they won't happen.  I could train every day in this room with all these people in it and I won't have any distractions.  But when you want distractions you'll have them.  I always like to say that I'm here, but I'm not here, my family knows I take this very seriously and they know not to bother me.

"I don't feel like I have any pressure on me. I don't feel like I have to prove anything.  At the end of the day, I love boxing.  That's why I'm going to fight Saturday night.  If I feel like I have to prove you wrong, I'll stress myself out, so, I just don't.

"If it was up to me, I would have fought three or four months after my last fight.  Jean was the No. 1  contender and we had to negotiate and that stretched it out.  Hopefully, next time it doesn't take so long and I can get back in the ring as soon as possible."

Chris DeBlasio, Vice President of Sports Communications, SHOWTIME Networks

"I'm proud to be up here and represent SHOWTIME and to be able to definitively say that our network is the No. 1 destination for sports programming in premium television.  We have been able to do that over the last two years on the strength of shows like Inside the NFL and 60 MINUTES SPORTS, but boxing for nearly 30 years has been the flagship of sports programming on the network and it will remain as such.

"In the last two years we have risen our SHOWTIME boxing back to prominence by televising the biggest events featuring the brightest stars in the sport and in the most significant fights of their careers.  Over the last two years we have been able to exponentially increase our ratings and our viewership has risen a remarkable 60 percent over those two years.

"We intend to continue that success in 2014 and that all begins at the DC Armory this Saturday night, with our first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING  event of the year.  The fighters on this card, especially Lamont Peterson and Gabriel Rosado, they have faced the toughest challenges in their divisions over the past two years and they're doing so again Saturday night.

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Peterson vs. Jean, a 12-round fight for Peterson's IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The live SHOWTIME telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). In the co-featured bout, Junior Middleweights Jermell Charlo and Gabriel Rosado square off in a 10-round fight for the WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight Title. Preliminary bouts will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $150 and $250, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale and available online at www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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