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Peterson-Matthysse, Alexander-Brook on SHOWTIME
IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson’s highly-anticipated showdown against Lucas Matthysse will commence at a catch-weight of 141 pounds. Peterson-Matthysse, along with the rescheduled IBF welterweight title fight between champion, Devon Alexander vs. mandatory challenger, Kell Brook is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. SHOWTIME will televise the championship doubleheader beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT starting with preliminary fights at SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs), a native of Washington, D.C., is looking to pick up the stream and take is career to the next level. Peterson has done nothing since his stunning 12-round spl decision victory against Amir Khan to claim the unified WBC/IBF140-pound titles in December 2011. Peterson, who was stripped of the WBC title and reinstated as IBF champion following a suspension after testing positive for PEDs, returned in February 2013 to knockout Kendall Holt (TKO 8) in his first title defense.
Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs), Trelew, Argentina, is one of the hardest-hitting punchers at 140. Matthysse has 10–career first-round knockouts. Only 6 lasted past 5 rounds. While Matthysse has impressive knockout out wins against former three-division world champion Humberto Soto, Olusegun Ajose, and Mike Dallas, Matthysse also has two controversial decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander. Both Judah and Alexander tasted the canvas against Matthysse, who lacked the experienced to finish quality boxers such as Judah and Alexander. Many of Mahttysse’s knockouts have occurred against C- and D level opposition.
In the other featured bout, Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, is only 25 years and already a two-division world titlist. Alexander, a former unified WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion, claimed the IBF 147-pound title by defeating Randal Bailey at the Barclays Center last year. Alexander has fought a defeated some very talented fighters including Matthysse, Andrei Kotelnik, Marcos Rene Maidana, Junior Witter, Demarcus Corley, and Junior Witter. However, Alexander is going to have to raise his level should he wish to defeat Kell Brook.
Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) of Great Britain is one of boxing’s rising stars. The 26 year-old is gifted with speed, power, and great athleticism. Fighting professionally for the past eight years, Brook is finally a mandatory challenger for a world title. Brook has won IBF and WBO regional title belts and is ready to win his first world title. Brook’s victories against Matthew Hatton, Lovermore N’dou, Carson Jones, and Hector Saldivia are proven indicators that Brook is ready to challenge Alexander in a winner-take –all championship fight.
Tickets for this event, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, are currently on sale through Boardwalk Hall box office, Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.