RingTV.com's Lem Satterfield is reporting that DC's Lamont Peterson will indeed defend his IBF Junior Welterweight title against former world champion Kendall "Rated R" Holt of Paterson, NJ on Friday, February 22 at the DC Armory.
Satterfield quotes the IBF Public Relations Department as saying contracts from both fighters were received by the IBF on Monday and the fight is "a done deal." There is speculation that Anthony Peterson and Dusty Harrison may appear on the card.
In another article, Satterfield talked to Hall of Fame boxer and Beltway Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard about a number of young pro boxers around the world including undefeated Capitol Heights, MD featherweight "Mr." Gary Russell, Jr. Here's what Leonard told Satterfield:
"I know Gary Russell, because back a few years ago, there was a lot of
talk about this kid, Gary Russell. The fact that he's from D.C., I
became a fan really quick. J.D. Brown, who was a member of my camp back
in the day, J.D. was actually the one who first told me about Gary
Russell," said Leonard.
"Everyone talks about how great of a fighter he is and his potential.
That's why I see incredible potential. This kid just has to fight more
often. You've got to fight, man, if you want to get better, and if you
want to get recognized and acknowledged. You've got to fight so that the
fans can see you, and, at the same time, you become more experienced."