GOLDEN BOY ANNOUNCES PETERSON-MATTHYSSE AS A 141-POUND NON-TITLE FIGHT
Press Release: Boxing returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, May 18th with a Showtime doubleheader featuring IBF 140-pound titlist Lamont Peterson facing Lucas Matthysse in a twelve-round welterweight bout plus the rescheduled welterweight showdown between IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander and undefeated Brit Kell "The Special One" Brook. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 10th at noon ET at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
After more than a year out of the ring [due to performance enhancing drug allegations], Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) picked up where he left off in February with an eighth-round technical knockout win over Kendall Holt. Peterson spent part of his youth homeless on the mean streets of Washington, D.C. Peterson-Mathysse will take place at a catchweight of 141 pounds.
Trelew, Argentina's Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) bounced back from two controversial split decision losses to Zab Judah and Alexander, each in his opponent's hometowns, to score five straight victories, with all of those wins coming by way of knockout.
In his last three bouts, the 30-year-old has torn through stiff competition, defeating Humberto Soto, then Olusegun Ajose and tough contender Mike Dallas Jr.
St. Louis' Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) is a master boxer who has already won titles in two divisions despite being only 25 years old. Alexander is the former IBF and WBC world title holder at 140 pounds. In 2012, "The Great" made his move to welterweight and by the time he was finished defeating Marcos Maidana and Randall Bailey, he was crowned the IBF champion. On May 18th, he makes the first defense of his new crown after two postponements of his originally scheduled showdown with Brook.
With 2012 wins over Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones and Hector Saldivia, the talented 26-year-old Brook (29-0, 19 KOs) from Sheffield, England has proven he has talent, style and determination.