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Unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley defends his WBO junior. Welterweight title in his California desert hometown when he takes on undefeated Lamont Peterson, Saturday, Dec. 12

 

The double title showdown will be broadcast live on Showtime (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The scheduled 12-round world title fight takes place at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where Bradley grew up in North Palm Springs.

 

In a co-feature knockout artist Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will defend his WBC and WBA 115-pound crowns against the hard-hitting Tomas Rojas.

 

The 26-year-old Bradley, 24-0-(11), who is coming off a no contest decision against former unified lightweight world champion Nate Campbell on Aug. 1, is on a hot streak in the stacked 140-pound division. Bradley originally won the fight via a highly controversial third-round TKO, but the decision was later changed to a no contest by the California State Athletic Commission due to an accidental head butt that opened a cut over Campbell’s left eye.

 

Bradley quickly moved on from the disappointing no contest against Campbell in order to focus on his next opponent, Peterson.

 

“Boxing is about style, and styles make fights,” Bradley said. “He could give me problems, but we’re going to see. He’s a much taller opponent with a lot longer reach, but that’s not going to keep me off of him. I’m coming in there to get him, and we’ll see how long he lasts.”

 

Many feel Bradley doesn’t get the respect he deserves for being the top fighter at 140 pounds, even after winning the title on the road against Junior Witter, defending it over against Edner Cherry and fighting in a dangerous unification bout with Kendall Holt.

 

“That just shows you how determined I am to being great,” Bradley said. “At the end of the day, after I beat Lamont Peterson, people are going to start realizing that, ‘I’m going to stop betting against this guy and I’m going to get on the bandwagon.’”

 

 

Peterson, 27-0-(13), of Washington, D.C.,is coming off a seventh-round tko win over previously unbeaten Willy Blain on April 25, 2009 for the interim WBO junior welterweight title.

 

The 25-year-old’s story is one of the most compelling in a sport filled with rags-to-riches tales. Peterson and his brother, fellow top-prospect Anthony, were left homeless after their father landed in jail for a drug conviction, leaving the pair fighting on the streets to survive.

 

After years of homelessness and jumping from foster home to foster home, the Petersons were discovered by trainer Barry Hunter, who took them to his gym and taught them the sweet science. Boxing gave them discipline, hope and the goal to become world champions.

 

Now, Lamont Peterson has his first shot at a world title against a man that no one in the 140-pound division has been able to beat.

 

“It’s a dream come true,” Peterson said. “A lot of times you talk about us being out in the street, and a lot of the times it got me through just dreaming of this day of fighting to become a world champion. Right now, I’m living my dream. I’m just happy about the fight and giving it my all because I know this is it.”

 

Peterson knows he is taking on a dangerous opponent for his first world title test, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

“A lot of guys fight someone they know they can beat,” Peterson said. But, with me, it’s about fighting the best. If a fight comes up, you take it. I’m fighting the No. 1 at 140 pounds. I don’t have to worry about going through the other guys. If I win this, I’m No. 1.”

 

And when you’re fighting the man to beat in any division, Peterson knows you have to prepare for just about everything.

 

“Timothy can box, and I know he can bang,” Peterson said. “I know I can box, and I know I can bang. It could be an all out war or it could be a chess match. I’m ready for either one.”

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By Jason Pribila:

 

WBO junior welterweight boxing world champion Timothy Bradley jumped out to an early lead and then coasted to an easier than expected unanimous decision victory against his old friend Lamont Peterson on Saturday Night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. Peterson-Bradley served as the main event of a show presented by Gary Shaw Promotions and was televised on Showtime.

 

“Lamont came out and made me fight like no one ever, ever has,’’ Bradley said. “He is a tough, tough fighter. This is a great night for me but also a great fight for the fans.

 

“I think experience played a big role tonight. He had the right game plan but got a little careless and was rushing in instead of following his jab. When he came in like that is when I nailed him.

 

“Lamont did what he was supposed to do and tried to break me down. I felt a little gassed in the seventh round but I got my second wind in the eighth and ninth. I felt my conditioning was superior.’’

 

Bradley 25-0 (11) defended the WBO title that he captured by winning an April decision against Kendall Holt. Peterson 27-1 (13), who became the mandatory challenger when he defeated Willie Blain in April, was taking a big step up in competition for the opportunity to win his first world title.

 

Bradley began fast, as he was clearly the fighter that was more comfortable in the spotlight. He scored early with jabs to the body, and often with right hands to the head. For two-plus rounds Peterson could not get out of the way of a right hand, and eventually went down when one landed behind his ear.

 

Bradley is not known as a puncher, but he seemed to be on the verge of overwhelming his opponent.

 

The knockdown seemed to finally settle Peterson’s nerves. Once he realized he was not being effective by trying to box from a distance, Peterson went into the trenches and began to bang away at Bradley’s body. Suddenly Peterson seemed to be on the verge of turning this fight into a war. He pounded his chest as the bell rang, even though he was down by four points on the cards.

 

The momentum was short lived. When Bradley returned to his corner he was sternly reminded of the game plan, which he followed to perfection for the rest of the fight.

 

While many considered Peterson to have the edge in boxing skills, it was Bradley that consistently beat his opponent to the punch. His movement prevented Peterson from ever being able to cut off the ring, even though it was only a cozy 17-foot in length.

 

The most impressive thing about Bradley’s performance is that his movement did not prevent him from throwing punches. He constantly got off first, and was able to catch Peterson before the Washington DC native could set his feet.

 

To Peterson’s credit he never stopped coming forward despite being out-boxed. This was his first 12-round fight, and it would be a surprise if this is the last time we see him in a major fight. He simply lost to the better man.

 

The official scores thankfully reflected the action in the ring. The decision was unanimous in favor of Bradley: 118-110, 119-108, and 120-107.

 

Timothy Bradley is getting better, and he showed tonight that he will be a tough out for anyone in the loaded junior welterweight division.

 

“I’ll fight whoever they want me to fight and I don’t care where I have to go,’’ Bradley said. “I’m very happy with my performance but Lamont proved that he is going to be a great world champion.’’

 

Said Peterson: “My game plan was to win the first round. But in the middle of it I got hit pretty hard by right-hand punches and lost the round. I was in trouble and fell behind. I got reckless during the fight. I couldn’t make it up. He’s a great champion. I gave it all I had.’’

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