Peterson Brothers Invade World Rankings

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The boxing Peterson brothers invade the world rankings. From homeless to the top of the boxing world, that is where the brothers want to go. From a bleak homeless childhood, to storied amateur careers, Lamont and Anthony look to become the most inspirational and dominant brother combination the sport of boxing has ever seen.

The WBC’s new rankings are out and there is a pair of fighting brothers who are making their debut. Anthony and Lamont Peterson of Washington, D.C., are being recognized after accelerating up the charts this year.

Lamont, featured on ESPN2 twice this year, debuts at number 37 in the Light Welterweight class. Anthony, one year younger, makes his debut at number 36 in the Lightweight rankings. The brothers are beginning to garner national attention for their boxing ability. Both Anthony and Lamont were finalist at the United States Olympic Trials this past year and both made their professional debuts on the Roy Jones Jr. vs Glen Johnson under card in September of ’04. Anthony, 13-0, and Lamont, 14-0, have been about as busy as young fighters can be since their debuts. They are a combined 27-0 after only 13 months as professionals.

Not only are Anthony and Lamont maybe the best kept secret in the business today, there trainer, mentor and father figure Barry Hunter may be as well. The Peterson brothers have been under the tutelage of Hunter since they began boxing. Coming from an impoverished back ground on the streets of D.C., the Petersons turned to boxing to have a chance at a future. Through Barry’s guidance and love they were able to ward off the demons of the streets and become two of the hottest prospects in the boxing world today.

Often there have been brother acts in professional sports, but rarely is each brother of equal skill level and talent. “It is tough to say who will be a champion first,” said Brian Young of Prize Fight boxing. “Each of them excites me with there ability and dedication to the sport. I have never met two more dedicated and focused kids in my life. They know what they want and they will let nothing or no one stand in there way,” Young also said.

“Anthony and Lamont are surrounded by the right people. They have a manager in Shelly Finkel who has a long history of working with the best boxers in the business. A trainer and mentor in Barry Hunter who I believe is the best young trainer in the country today. And a promotional team like Prize Fight who is focused on making Anthony and Lamont world champions for a very long time. I expect 2006 to be a banner year for the best brother combination this sport has ever seen,” Young said.

Anthony fights next on October 15th at the Isle of Capri in Lula, MS. Lamont’s next battle is set tentatively for December 2, 2005.

For more information on Anthony and Lamont Peterson call 662-349-6263.

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