Five keys for Lamont Peterson
Plotting a path to victory for Saturday's fight against Lucas Matthysse
In a battle expected to be a candidate for fight of the year, and without any titles on the line, junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson will face the most dangerous opponent of his career in Lucas Matthysse on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
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The bout was agreed to at 141 pounds, and Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) will have to overcome an opponent who is very similar to him in style: aggressive, fast and powerful.
Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) has put together a string of five consecutive victories following a controversial loss against Devon Alexander two years ago.
Here are five keys to victory for Peterson against Matthysse:
|When styles are similar, physical differences need to prevail, and the 5-foot-9 Peterson enters the fight with a 3-inch height and reach advantage. Matthysse is aggressive, and Peterson will need to use that reach advantage to keep the distance throughout the battle while attacking in and out of his enemy's radius of action with flurries of punches. The two fighters are similar in speed, but Matthysse is the busier fighter. Thus, it would be wise for Peterson to save some energy by attacking in quick spurts.|
Move like Jagger
|Peterson is facing a fearsome knockout artist who also can take his opponent's best punch. Peterson must tire him first, walk him around the ring and stop his advances by holding him before Matthysse can use his aggressiveness on offense. It's a must for every Matthysse opponent to avoid being a sitting target. Punches to the midsection in the clinch can help Peterson wear him down before waiting for the later rounds to unload his heavier artillery.|
|Just like every other KO artist, Matthysse usually relies more on his offense than on his defense. This happened against both Zab Judah and Devor Alexander (Matthysse's only two loses). He gets desperate if the knockout does not arrive. He is anxious and makes mistakes. Peterson must take advantage of those mistakes by forcing him to get frustrated. And when Matthysse stalks, Peterson must look to meet him at close range by counter punching with straight hands to the chin. It might seem unlikely to many, but Peterson has the tools to win with the same recipe as Matthysse.|
Say no to the street fight
|Peterson has said he can punch as hard as Matthysse, but talking is one thing and acting is another. If Peterson was unable to finish Amir Khan, who is known for his crystal chin, he won't have anything to grab Matthysse's attention. Exchanging punches might be great for the audience, but it is totally unadvisable for Peterson. Trading leather with a man who can win with only one punch and who has knocked out 31 of his 33 victims wouldn't be smart, so Peterson must avoid this at all costs.|
Win and enjoy
|Big battles usually mark a before-and-after in the career of a champion. The fight against Matthysse is crucial for Peterson's immediate future. A victory would elevate him in the most competitive division in boxing by opening doors to big-money fights, including a showdown for 140-pound supremacy against unbeaten Danny Garcia.|
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