Last week, at Memphis' W.C. Handy Park, Anthony Peterson captured a regional lightweight title with a commanding twelve-round unanimous decision over Adan Hernandez. Anthony improved his record to 18-0 with 14 KOs and joins his brother Lamont Peterson, also a star from the amateur class of 2004, as the holder of a regional title. (In February, Lamont captured a title in the 140-pound category with a dominating performance over Jose Moreno).
Mark Reels, from the WBO-affiliated NABO, supervised the NABO title bout. “I originally had the vacant title match set for July with former world champion Carlos 'El Famoso' Hernandez,” said Reels “but after watching Anthony’s performance on Shobox, I decided to contact his promoter Brian Young and see what we could put
together,” Reels continued. “I called Brian that night and told him I would like to give Anthony an opportunity to compete for the vacant 135 lb. title. Brian made the fight with Adan Hernandez and originally set it for June 17th on the Jermain Taylor versus Winky Wright undercard,” Reels said. “Two weeks before the bout Brian informed me that he landed the June 16th ESPN2 date and wanted to shift Anthony and Adan to the main event on ESPN2 and I agreed that it would be great exposure,” Reels stated.
“We are very proud of Anthony for his accomplishment. He
dominated Hernandez in every way and is well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a world champion,” said Brian Young.
Reels added, "Anthony has a great future ahead of him. With a young up and coming promoter like Brian Young and a great manager like Shelly Finkel, Anthony will surely compete for a world title one day.” Peterson plans to defend his belt within the next six months.