Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse & Devon Alexander vs. Kell Brook May 18 At Boardwalk Hall

ATLANTIC CITY, April 8 – World championship boxing returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, May 18 with a SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader featuring IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson facing hard-hitting WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round welterweight bout and the rescheduled IBF Welterweight Title showdown between Two-Division World Champion Devon Alexander “The Great” and undefeated British star and number one rated IBF welterweight contender Kell “The Special One” Brook.
 
Peterson vs. Matthysse and Alexander vs. Brook are presented by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City, Corona and AT&T and will air live on SHOWTIME at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
 
Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, go on sale on Wednesday, April 10 at noon ET and will be available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
 
After more than a year out of the ring, Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) picked up where he left off in February, dazzling fans in his hometown of Washington, D.C. with an eighth-round technical knockout win over Kendall Holt. Coupled with his Fight of the Year win over the Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan in December of 2011, it’s clear that Peterson has staked his claim as one of the premier 140-pound fighters in the world. All of this is even more impressive when one considers that Peterson spent part of his youth homeless on the mean streets of Washington, D.C. On May 18, the talented boxer-puncher will put that recognition on the line against one of the most feared fighters in the sport at a catch-weight of 141 pounds.
 
The junior welterweight who has struck the most fear into the hearts of his peers, Trelew, Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) bounced back from two controversial split decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, each in his opponent’s hometowns, to score five straight victories, with all of those wins coming by way of knockout. His losses to Alexander and Judah were so controversial, that many boxing insiders still consider Matthysse, who has recently been nicknamed “The Machine,” to be undefeated. In his last three bouts, the 30-year-old has torn through stiff competition, defeating former Three-Division World Champion Humberto Soto, then number one rated WBC super lightweight contender Olusegun Ajose and tough contender Mike Dallas Jr., setting the stage for the thunderous punching WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion with a 94% knockout ratio to stake his claim as a one of the top ten best pound for pound fighters in the world.
 
A technical wizard with speed and finesse in the ring, St. Louis’ Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) is a master boxer who has already won world titles in two divisions despite being only 25 years old. Alexander is the former IBF and WBC world title holder at 140 pounds, with wins over Lucas Matthysse, Juan Urango and Junior Witter to his name. In 2012, “The Great” made his move to welterweight and by the time he was finished defeating former World Champions Marcos Maidana and Randall Bailey, he was crowned the IBF Welterweight World Champion. On May 18, he makes the first defense of his new crown after two postponements of his originally scheduled showdown with Brook.
 
England’s latest unbeaten sensation, the popular Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) has mowed past all opposition placed in front of him over the last eight years. After winning the British WBO intercontinental and IBF international welterweight titles, he’s ready for his close-up on the world stage. With 2012 wins over Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones and Hector Saldivia, the talented 26-year-old from Sheffield has proven he has the talent, style and determination to justify his number one rating.

Perfect Punch Brook Earns World Title Shot


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By Jack Bowers
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Kell Brook last night announced himself on the world stage by stopping big hitting Argentine Hector Saldivia inside three rounds.
Brook promised his fans he was in the shape of his life and he certainly was. He looked sharp, strong and in better condition than ever before.


The pride of Sheffield was questioned after a poor performance against American Carson Jones but he was simply a class above his opponent.

His class showed when in the final minute of the first round he caught the Argentine with a solid left hand. Saldivia did however manage to hang on and get back to his corner.

The Sheffield welterweight displayed quick hands in the second round before finishing the fight early in the third. Strangely the fight that ended this contest was just a straight, perfectly timed, left jab. Brook was lining up a hook but it wasn’t needed.
Saldivia, to his credit, got up on the count of six and attempted to carry on but his legs turned to jelly, and sensibly was stopped from carrying on.

It was a career high for Brook who will now accomplish his dream of becoming a world champion if he can get past Devon Alexander and who would bet against the ‘Special One’ after last night’s phenomenal performance.
Brook v Alexander for the IBF belt is likely to happen early next year but Kell has his sights set on a British super fight against Amir Khan.

Kell Said: “It’s a close one, we want to get the world title fight but I do want to take Khan out.
“Khan is going to be schooled, there is no question. He will be taken out really quickly. He gives it the chat for a long time, but when we get in I will be on him, relentless and take him out”.

Lee Purdy vs Carson Jones Set for Dec.

By: Jack Bowers

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Lee Purdy to face Carson Jones in DecemberLee Purdy will take on tough American fighter Carson Jones at Alexandra Palace in December. The Colchester fighter took the IBF intercontinental welterweight title when he impressively beat previously unbeaten Gumersindo Carrasco in just four rounds. Purdy’s win against Carrasco was arguably a career highlight and he will need to produce a similar display to get past the difficult test Carson Jones will supply. Carson Jones is no stranger to Britain, having boxed here just two months ago when he lost on points to the highly rated Kell Brook. Jones also boasts a good record of 34 wins in 47 fights. Jones is ranked seventh with the IBF and has said:  “I honestly cannot believe he wants to fight me considering what I did to one of his stable-mates.

“I hadn’t heard of Purdy until the fight was offered. I think his style is perfectly suited for me and I will go in there and take him out.”

Despite being unknown by Jones, Purdy, also has an impressive record winning 19 times from 23 fights, with one draw. The English champion has bounced back superbly since losing to Colin Lynes in November of last year. The 25-year-old has won his last three fights by TKO, but the upcoming fight against the American will be his biggest challenge to date. Purdy is a very entertaining fighter and gains respect from a lot of fans for his ‘all or nothing’ style but he may need to box a bit more smartly should he progress from this fight.

One thing is for sure, this fight will be an entertaining one, and well worth watching.