For the first time since May, Errol Spence steps in the ring to try and run his undefeated record a bit higher.
Spence’s opponent: the 33-5-1 Lamont Peterson, coming off almost a year-long layoff, his last fight a win over David Avanesyan.
Spence will be making the first defense of his IBF world welterweight championship in Brooklyn, winning in May 2017 from Kell Brook via 11th-round TKO. Spence actually damaged Brook’s left eye socket in the fight, forcing Brook to have surgery.
Of course, since this is boxing, there can’t be a fight without some controversy: Spence, once known for his reluctance to drug testing, said he was visited by USADA several times — as many as six — prior to to this fight.
Peterson, who has been popped for PEDs earlier in his career by VADA, is a former two-division world champ, looking to regain some momentum in the welterweight division.
A win over Spence would do that, while a win for Spence would push him closer to the top of the best
Spence vs. Peterson date
Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson meet in the ring on Saturday, Jan. 20 on Showtime.
Spence vs. Peterson start time
Opening bell for the Spence vs. Peterson card will be at 9 p.m. ET.
Spence vs. Peterson card
- Errol Spence Jr. (c) vs. Lamont Peterson for the IBF world welterweight championship; welterweights
- Robert Easter (c) vs. Javier Fortuna for the IBF world lightweight championship; lightweights
- Marcus Browne vs. Francy Ntetu; light heavyweights, undercard
- Adam Kownacki vs. Iago Kiladze; heavyweights, undercard
- Amanda Serrano vs. TBA; women’s super bantamweights, undercard
- Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. TBA; middleweights, undercard
Errol Spence Jr. record
Errol Spence is 22-0-0 with 19 KOs. That’s good for an 86% knockout percentage.
He won the IBF welterweight title in May 2017 in a TKO win over
Lamont Peterson record
Peterson is 33-5-1 with 17 KOs. He comes into this fight 4-1-0 in his last five bouts.