IBF junior welterweight champ Lamont Peterson expect a tough night’s work when he defends his title against the experienced Edger Santana at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday.
Speaking three days before the fight Peterson said: "I feel good right now, I just want to build on my last victory and keep going forward trying to improve every time out.
"I’m really excited to be fighting in New York and Barclays Center is a beautiful venue. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to make my mark there.
"Santana is an experienced fighter, he’s been doing it even longer than me and if he’s still in the game it means he’s doing something right. He’s a typical fighter and he can bang. I expect a good fight.
"There are ups and downs in the sport. The last loss was tough but I don’t get too down. Everything changed the last fight and hopefully we can build on that. I want to give the fans the fight they want to see.
"I just like doing things the right way. I’m an all-in type of person. If I do something I want to do it the right way all the way through.
"I treat every opponent the same way because I don’t listen to the media. Whether they say I’m going to win or going to lose, either way I have to go out there and prove what I can do. I listen to the coach and stick to the game plan and go from there."
Santana is fully aware he is in for a tough night but expects his experience to shine through: "Right now I’m feeling great,” said Santana. “All of the hard work is done. Right now it’s time to let the body recover and wait until it pays off on Saturday night.
"I know Peterson is good. He’s a champion. He likes to fight and he lets his pride take over.
"All I have to do is let my hands go. I’m in shape and I just have to make it a fight."
August 6, 2014