The Peterson Brothers fought two solid performances en route to TKO victories in their first main event performance in front of their hometown crowd at the DC Armory.
NABO Lightweight champion Anthony Peterson successfully defended his title with a ninth-round stoppage of Luis Ernesto Jose of the Dominican Republic.
Peterson started early in the bout landing tough combinations. However, Jose showed his toughness in the contest by staying in close with Peterson.
By the middle rounds, Peterson started to take control with blistering body shots. In the ninth round, Peterson completed the domination with a three-piece combination to the body and head that dropped Jose to one knee in his own corner. Jose's handlers saw enough and stopped the bout at 1:36 of the round.
Peterson is now 23-0, 17 KO's. Jose falls to 27-5-2, 24 KO's.
Older brother Lamont Peterson also remained undefeated with a powerful eighth-round TKO over veteran John "The Eastern Beast" Brown of Atlantic City, NJ. Peterson dominated the shorter Brown with uppercuts and solid combinations. Brown had very little opportunity to challenge Peterson in the contest because the uppercuts kept him from coming forward. Finally at 28 seconds of the eighth round, referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest.
Lamont Peterson raises his record to 21-0, nine KO's while Brown, who fought just a few days after the passing of his mother, falls to 23-13-1, 11 KO's.
In off-TV bouts on the card:
Reginald Taylor of DC scored a second-round TKO over fellow DC boxer John Owens. Taylor is now 6-0, three KO's. Owens is 3-4, two KO's.
Tyrone Barnett of DC won an easy six-round unanimous decision over Armando "El Policia" Cordova of Miami, FL.
Barnett remains undefeated at 8-0-1, six KO's. Cordova falls to 23-27-2, 17 KO's.
Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow of Severn, MD made his first pro trip to DC a successful one by registering a third-round TKO over DC's Larry "The Gladiator" Brothers. Nicklow keeps his undefeated string going by raising his record to 11-0-1, five KO's. Brothers loses for the second time in two weeks and falls to 7-26-3, five KO's.
Also, Angel Estrada, a San Diego boxer who is now training with the HeadBangers gym in DC, also remained undefeated with a solid third-round TKO over Filiberto Nieto of New York City. Estrada is now 3-0-1 two KO's while Nieto is now 1-4, one KO.
Before we get to the Gabcast Post-Fight Wrap-Up, let me say that this was a real strong night for DC boxing. There were a number of people from the political, communications and sports world all throughout the arena. We talked about the strong media blitz in the hours leading up to the event. That definitely helped.
The DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission did an outstanding job in preparation for this event. I talked to people involved with the ESPN2 telecast and they were very pleased with the performance of the Commission. The fact that they had to do very little on the night of the bout means that everything was in place prior to the event and that is a great situation. Also give a lot of credit to the promoters -- Peak Management Group -- and their media staff for a great job.
For the rest of our commentary, I now invite you to listen to the Post-Fight Wrap-Up.
Gabcast! Boxing Along the Beltway #57 - Post-Fight Wrap-Up From DC!
It was an exciting, star-studded night at the DC Armory. "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears and I recap a solid "American Champions" card including the bouts you didn't see on TV.