Lamont Peterson introduced himself to the welterweight division in solid fashion against David Avanesyan.
Peterson, a former unified super-lightweight champion, looked very assured in his challenge for the WBA (regular) 147lbs title – ultimately taking the belt from his Armenian opponent on the night.
Peterson although he had not fought in some time, didn’t display much evidence of ring rust.
He eased his way into the fight and seemed to get stronger as the bout progressed, landing some excellent punches to the body of Avanesyan in particular.
Avanesyan’s high guard left these shots open for Peterson who demonstrated his accuracy to the body throughout the fight.
But Avanesyan didn’t give up his title without a fight, he stayed with Peterson work-rate wise throughout the match.
However the more quality work came from the former 140lbs champion.
All the judges awarded Peterson a unanimous decision over 12 rounds in the end.
It is thought that Peterson could have potentially earned himself a shot at the winner of next month’s Danny Garcia vs Kieth Thurman welterweight unification showdown.
With the win Peterson improved his pro record to 35-3-1 (17KO).
Can he compete with some of the top names at welterweight? Time will tell.
He’s certainly an interesting addition to the 147lbs mix.