IBF Junior Welterweight champion and District native Lamont Peterson defended his title with an eight-round TKO over former world champion Kendall Holt in front of more than 3,000 spectators at the DC Armory. The event, which took place Friday night, was also nationally televised.
Peterson, who was competing for the first time since winning the title in December 2011 at the Washington Convention Center, staved off an early challenge from Holt in the first three rounds as Holt used his jab and solid shots to the body to gain an advantage. Holt, a former WBO 140-pound world champion, got a little brave in the fourth round by going inside and Peterson made him pay. Peterson landed a beautiful right hook that dropped Holt with about a minute to go in the round.
Peterson knocked down Holt in the sixth round with an accumulation of blows in the sixth round and kept his advantage until referee Tony Weeks stopped the contest at 1:42 of the eighth round.
With the win, Peterson raises his record to 31-1-1, 16 KO's and, with his recent signing with Golden Boy Promotions, may have some lucrative paydays ahead as the promotional company has all the 140-pound world champions (Peterson, WBA/WBO champ Danny Garcia and WBC titleholder Lucas Mathessye) and numerous top contenders under contract.
Meanwhile, Holt falls to 28-6, 16 KO's and is left contemplating either retirement or a move up to 147 pounds as he told the press afterwards that he had a hard time making the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds.
In other bouts featuring local boxers, DC welterweight David "Day-Day" Grayton scored a second-round TKO over Greg Coverson, Jr. Grayton battered Coverson all over the ring until Grayton stopped and let Coverson fall. Once Coverson fell, he stayed down for the count and the bout was stopped at 2:59 of the second. Grayton is 3-0, three KO's. Coverson falls to 3-5, one KO.
D.C. heavyweight Danny "Smooth" Kelly scored a first round knockout over Schyuler Marshall of South Carolina. The knockout punch was brutal – a straight right hand to Marshall's head that sent Marshall tumbling backwards to the canvas. Marshall did not beat the 10-count and the bout was stopped at 2:11 of the round. Kelly is 3-0, three KO's. Marshall falls to 1-3, one KO.
Fighting for the first time in more than two years, super middleweight Dominic Wade of D.C., beat Marcus Brooks of Atlanta from one end of the ring to the other for two rounds before the bout was stopped at 2:46 of the second. Wade remains undefeated at 12-0, nine KO's while Brooks is now 7-12.
Suitland, Md., cruiserweight Venroy "Hardwork" July suffered the first loss of his pro career as he was stopped in the third round by Elvin Sanchez of Paterson, NJ. July dropped Sanchez in the second round but could not finish him off. Sanchez pressured July in the third before dropping him with a right hand. July beat referee Malik Waleed's 10-count but Waleed ruled July couldn't continue. The bout was stopped at 2:55 of the third. July, who is a corporate lawyer by day, is now 13-1-2, six KO's. Sanchez is 6-2-1, five KO's.
Also, Baltimore super bantamweight Gervonta "Rambo" Davis made a quick and successful pro debut, stopping Desi Williams of Wilson, NC, at 1:29 of the first round. Davis is coming off a stellar amateur career capped off by winning the National Golden Gloves in 2012.
The card was promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions and Headbangers Promotions.