Dan Rafael: Anthony Peterson

Peterson brothers join Haymon

March, 18, 2014
Mar 18
Lamont Peterson, Dierry JeanTom Casino/ShowtimeJunior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson was among three new fighters to align with Al Haymon.
The roster of Al Haymon fighters just keeps growing and growing.

Boxing's most influential adviser added three more fighters to his stable in the past week, signing the Peterson brothers -- junior welterweight titlist Lamont and lightweight Anthony -- along with junior lightweight contender Rances Barthelemy, according to Sam Watson, Haymon's right-hand man.

“We signed them and we're happy to have them," Watson said.

The signings come on the heels of other recent signings that include light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, former welterweight titleholder Luis Collazo and former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson.

Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) defended his title on Jan. 25 and has nothing scheduled, but younger brother Anthony (32-1, 21 KOs), who has fought just twice since a disqualification loss in a title eliminator to Brandon Rios in 2010, returns in this week's "Friday Night Fights" co-feature on ESPN2 when he faces Marcos Jimenez (20-4, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout at the Morongo Castino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) thought he won a 130-pound world title by second-round knockout of Argenis Mendez on Jan. 3 but the result was later changed by the Minnesota commission to a no decision because the knockout blows were thrown after the bell ended the round. Mendez appealed the result and won, so the outcome was changed and he retained the title. They are due to meet in a mandatory rematch, probably in the early summer.

Haymon represents numerous top fighters, most notably pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. But there are so many more, including Marcos Maidana, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Beibut Shumenov, Devon Alexander, Deontay Wilder, Peter Quillin, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, Paulie Malignaggi, Andre Berto, Chris Arreola, Sakio Bika, Gary Russell Jr. and twins Jermell and Jermall Charlo.

Haymon also signed several members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, including Dominic Breazeale, Marcus Browne, Terrell Gausha, Errol Spence Jr. and flyweight Rau'shee Warren.

HBO calls off April 26 plans

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
Gennady Golovkin and Curtis StevensJoe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsWith Gennady Golovkin not fighting April 26 following the death of his father, the card was canceled.

A few notes from the boxing world:

• HBO had planned to have a boxing card April 26 but now will go dark. The initial plan was for a card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York headlined by middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin against Andy Lee. The co-feature was supposed to be junior middleweight James Kirkland against Willie Nelson. But two weeks ago, Golovkin withdrew following the death of his father in order to attend to family business in Kazakhstan. HBO was still planning to go forward with a card, but when it could not line up a suitable main event, the network said on Tuesday it was pulling the plug on boxing that day. That means it will also not televise Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight title defense against Alex Leapai from Germany. There was discussion that HBO would add a tape delay of Klitschko’s fight from earlier in the day to its prime-time telecast.

“With Gennady unavailable to us, HBO is moving off the date,” an HBO spokesperson said. “We will move on to our other boxing programming initiatives for the spring and early summer.”

• Lightweight Anthony Peterson, the younger brother of junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson, will make a rare ring appearance when he faces Marco Jimenez (20-4, 13 KOs) on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” on March 21 at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif., promoter Dan Goossen announced. The 10-round fight will be the co-feature on the card headlined by junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan facing Mario Lozano.

Once a highly regarded contender, Peterson (32-1, 21 KOs), 28, of Washington, D.C., has been inactive in recent years. Since being knocked down and then disqualified in the seventh round for repeated low blows against Brandon Rios in a September 2010 light title eliminator, Peterson has fought just twice against low-level opponents, once in 2011 and once in 2013.

• Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson of Ghana, a former featherweight and junior lightweight champion, has been released from the hospital after a car accident with a taxi last week, according to media reports in Ghana. Nelson suffered a gash on his head and was taken to the hospital.

Andrade, Serrano with new trainers

January, 24, 2013
Demetrius AndradeEd Diller/MPsportimages.comDemetrius Andrade could face the biggest challange of his career against veteran Freddy Hernandez.

Junior middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade and junior welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano enter their fights on Friday night (Showtime, 10 ET/PT) at different place in their careers, yet both have taken on new trainers.

Andrade (18-0, 13 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Providence, R.I., and one of boxing's elite prospects, will face former welterweight title challenger Freddy Hernandez (30-3, 20 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif., in the scheduled 10-round main event of the "ShoBox: The New Generation" card at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y. In Andrade's corner will be 2011 trainer of the year Virgil Hunter, who is best known for his work with super middleweight champ Andre Ward.

Philadelphia's Serrano (18-1, 8 KOs) will fight Emmanuel Taylor (15-1, 10 KOs) of Edgewood, Md., in the eight-round co-feature. Serrano made a trainer change after suffering his first defeat, a fifth-round knockout to Karim Mayfield in May. In Serrano's corner will be Barry Hunter -- no relation to Virgil -- who is best known for his work with junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson.

"All coaches get their fair share of calls, and I get some, too," said Virgil Hunter, one of boxing's most sought-after trainers. "Demetrius called me and we started talking. I'd been aware of him because he was an Olympian and knew he was a good kid, but once we met I was most definitely very pleased to make his acquaintance. I enjoy working with him.

"Demetrius' dad [Paul Andrade] did a terrific job with him. He's a great kid with a great personality and he wants to succeed. I think he has unlimited potential and everything it takes to not only be a future champion but an ambassador for the sport. There's really a lot of upside to Demetrius. It's just a matter of time."

Andrade, 24, left the East Coast to head to the San Francisco Bay Area to train with Hunter.

"I've been training at Virgil's private gym in Hayward, Calif.," Andrade said. "I knew Virgil from him being in the amateur program and I just reached out to him. He's a stand-up guy and everything's going smoothly. We're just taking it one step at a time, just getting in shape for this fight."

Hernandez, 33, is past his prime and has lost two of his past three fights, but he has faced quality opposition. In those bouts, Andre Berto blitzed him in the first round of a welterweight title fight in November 2010, followed by a decision win against former titleholder Luis Collazo 11 months later and then a decision loss to junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara in June.

"On paper, this should be his toughest challenge, when you consider the competition the other guy has fought," Virgil Hunter said.

Serrano, 25, lost to Mayfield on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights," and the cameras caught the chaos in Serrano's corner as the fight came to an end. After that, Serrano hooked up with Hunter. The fighter has since been training with Hunter in Washington, D.C., and also sparring with Peterson, who is preparing for a title defense on Feb. 22 (ESPN2), and his brother, lightweight Anthony Peterson.

"I've been with Barry since about July," Serrano said. "After I fought Mayfield, I took some time off and then I got with Barry. I train at his gym and spar with the Petersons. It's definitely stepped up my level of training. I've worked hard and feel it's made me a stronger fighter."