It’s been anything but a smooth ride for Lamont Peterson lately.
But the current IBF and former WBA and WBO 140-pound champion took a step toward getting his career back track after signing a promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions on Monday.
Peterson turned heads after scoring a controversial split-decision win over Amir Khan on December 10, 2011 to capture the WBA and IBF 140-pound titles.
Peterson (30-1-1) was set to face Khan in a rematch, but it was cancelled after Peterson failed a pre-fight drug test. Peterson was eventually stripped of his WBA title.
That’s all in the past now, as Peterson looks to get back into boxing’s good graces.
"We boxers are always trying to please our fans. We want to give them the best fights we can,” said Peterson. “In order to do that, one needs to have the best promoter in the market so you can get the best fights you can. Who's the best promoter in the market? Golden Boy. So, I decided to go ahead and sign with them and sign with the best there is.”
Peterson’s assessment of Golden Boy is certainly a correct one. With a multi-year exclusive deal to stage fights at the Barclays Center and many of the world’s top fighters under contract, Golden Boy is regarded by many as the top promotion company in the business.
"Signing with Golden Boy is the best thing to do. They have the best fighters and at this point, after winning my last fight against Amir Khan, it makes sense to fight the top guys,” Peterson added. "I'm training hard for my next fight and I'm going to keep on doing it. I feel I have some things to prove. I'm confident I'll come out victorious and I'll move on.”
Fighting at 140 pounds isn’t likely to be the last stop for Peterson. Golden Boy COO David Itskowitch hinted at Peterson making a jump at some point.
"We can offer Lamont a lot of possibilities for big fights [at 140 pounds],” said Itskowitch. “If he wants to move up in weight, we have big-name fighters at welterweight too.”