"I'm not the type of guy that will shy away from any challenge and it was the same way in this case. A lot of people that went through what I went through, they come back gun shy and worried about all of this and that, but with me, it's no worries. This game is a mental sport and I looked at it like if I'm going to continue to fight, I need to be like I always was and that's to fight with no fear, with confidence, and knowing that I can beat anybody on any night...I don't surrender to no one," stated IBF jr. welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, who talked about his recent victory over Dierry Jean, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Lamont, you're back in the winning column. How does it feel my man?
LP: I feel good. It was good to get the victory and get back in the winners circle and to be where I belong again.
PC: People expected you to be a little gun shy after the Lucas Matthysse fight. You didn't show that at all. What was the mentality heading into that fight?
LP: I looked at it like anybody that thought that just really don't know me. I'm not the type of guy that will shy away from any challenge and it was the same way in this case. A lot of people that went through what I went through, they come back gun shy and worried about all of this and that, but with me, it's no worries. This game is a mental sport and I looked at it like if I'm going to continue to fight, I need to be like I always was and that's to fight with no fear, with confidence, and knowing that I can beat anybody on any night.
PC: For the most part, you were the one picking the fight. You were the one instigating the exchanges so to speak.
LP: That's my style of fighting. Once I figure things out in there and I get the momentum going my way, I like to fight. At the end of the day, I love boxing, and I know Barry wants me to box more, but he understands that I love to fight and I'm gonna go looking for action a lot of times in the fight.
PC: Jean was a very tough opponent to come back with. Going into that fight, what did you think of facing him as an opponent?
LP: I thought he was a pretty good fighter; overall, pretty skilled. I knew he would come hungry for the championship, but I knew he didn't have a lot of experience and I was gonna take advantage of it.
PC: Is it safe to say that the only thing left to accomplish at 140 pounds is to fight Danny Garcia?
LP: Yes! I believe so. I think that's the next step that we should take and hopefully after that, we move to welterweight and start all over again and hopefully become the #1 guy at welterweight.
PC: Danny has a fight lined up and Barry made it clear he didn't want another layoff for you and would like you to take a fight or two while Danny takes care of his business. Is there any particular name you would like to face while you wait?
LP: Whoever they line up. It doesn't matter. I feel like after I fight Danny Garcia, if I get a chance to fight him, the only other fight that I would stay at 140 for is Matthysse. So hopefully both of those fights can happen this year and I can move up.
PC: Some people will ask, why Matthysse again? Why not try to fight Garcia and move on? Why go back down that road? Is that your no surrender mentality coming out?
LP: I don't surrender to no one and I know, deep down inside, that I'm a better fighter than Matthysse. The fight happened the way it happened, but I know I'm the better fighter. If we were to fight again, I believe I would win.
PC: How did it feel to not only get back on track, but to provide things that a lot of spectators probably weren't expecting to see from you, like you walking forward and bringing the fight?
LP: I really don't too much worry about what they think. I felt like I didn't have nothing to prove to them. I was just happy to be fighting in my hometown again. I'm happy everyone enjoyed the fight and it was an entertaining fight. That's mainly what I was happy about. I wasn't worried about proving anyone wrong or trying to prove anything to no one. At the end of the day, people gonna talk. You can have a perfect fight, but in someone's eyes, it wasn't. I'm learning that no matter what you do, you can't please everyone.
PC: How special was it for you to receive the type of reception you received when you walked out to the ring and to know that they still have your back no matter what?
LP: Right, when I came out and I saw that...I didn't expect that many people. When they showed up, I was extremely happy and happy that my city got me no matter what. I felt like I just had to put on a great performance when I saw that crowd.
PC: When you walked out, it almost looked like you had a moment. You had to take it in right quick. Was that the case?
LP: Yeah, coming out and fighting in DC always gives me that extra energy. This time it was different. It was a little more than the norm this time.
PC: Going back to a potential fight with Danny Garcia for a second, how do you see a fight playing out with him?
LP: I believe it's going to be a good fight. I don't think that it couldn't be a good fight. You have two young guys at the top of the division; it only makes sense for us to fight. It would be an entertaining fight, but I just think overall, my experience and overall skill would be the key to victory for me.
PC: You coming off of one of your longer layoffs, was that a good thing for you to get your mind right as well as physically recover from being stopped for the first time?
LP: I would have liked to have fought earlier than that. I was in the gym. I was taking a break from fighting, but I was still in the gym grinding and training hard like I always do. I was probably ready to fight in September, but I had a little nagging hand injury and we just wanted to make sure everything was cool with that before I fought. That was pretty much the reason for the long layoff; plus when I found out I was fighting Jean, we ended up negotiating that and that took a long time. 8 months is not bad, but I would like to fight every 5 months.
PC: I know you are a big football fan. What did you think of the Super Bowl?
LP: I was kind of hating on Denver, so I was happy that they lost. You know my team is the Chiefs and they beat us twice this year. That's a division rivalry, so I was happy with the outcome of the game. I was expecting to see a good game though, but overall, I was happy.
PC: You also follow the NBA closely and I'm sure you will make the smooth transition into following more closely with football being over with. Who is your team in the NBA?
LP: Yeah, I'm a Spurs fan, man; my team playing now. I'm trying to get this dinner together and then I'ma go sit back and watch the second half of that.
PC: I'm gonna let you get to your dinner and game my man. I appreciate the time as always and I look forward to your next fight. Is there anything else you want to add?
LP: I just want to thank my fans for keeping faith in me. As soon as I know when I'm fighting again, I'm gonna let everyone know and hopefully it will be here in DC again.
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