TAMPA, Fla. -- I flew here on Thursday morning to cover the Keith Thurman-Luis Collazo welterweight title bout on Saturday night (ESPN, 9 ET) at the USF Sun Dome. After the final news conference, I came back to the fight hotel and ran into Barry Hunter.
Hunter, who is the trainer of and father figure to former junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) and his younger brother, junior welterweight Anthony Peterson (34-1, 22 KOs), is in town because Anthony is on the untelevised undercard in a 10-rounder against soft touch Ramesis Gil (8-11-5, 5 KOs).
Hunter gave me an update on Lamont Peterson, who is planning to arrive in town for his brother's fight on Friday. He expects Peterson to be back in action on a Premier Boxing Champions card in September.
On April 11, the 31-year-old Peterson lost a disputed majority decision to junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia in a non-title bout at 143 pounds.
Many thought Peterson deserved the decision, and a rematch is what Hunter hopes will eventually happen -- although it won't be in September because Garcia, making the full move up to welterweight, meets Paulie Malignaggi on Aug. 1 (ESPN).
"I thought Lamont beat Garcia. A lot of people did," Hunter said. "The person who came out with the loss actually came out the winner to a lot of people. I would love a rematch. Lamont would love a rematch. That was the easiest fight he has had since he has been in the top 10. The fight did a big viewership [on NBC in prime time], so let's do it again. Imagine the viewership for the rematch?"
Whether there will be a rematch or not rests in the hands of PBC creator Al Haymon. Hunter said he and Haymon are planning to speak this weekend about Peterson's September bout. There is no set opponent yet.
As for what weight Peterson will fight at, Hunter said it depends on the opponent and money.
"Lamont can still make 140," he said. "I think the next fight will probably between 140 and 147, maybe 143-ish, 146. But if a title fight comes up at 140 or 147, we'll take it. You know Lamont. He'll fight anybody. Always has. Al and I are supposed to talk this weekend about things."