ESPN.com is reporting that IBF Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will return to action on Friday, February 22 and defend his title against former WBO champion Kendall Holt of Paterson, NJ at the DC Armory. The report says the bout will be televised on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.
Late word from the Peterson camp says, however, that the bout is not a done deal as of yet. A spokesperson for the Peterson camp tells BATB that the bout is a"viable option," but still not definite as there are other choices on the table, including a rematch with former world champ Timothy Bradley.
If the bout takes place, Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO's) will fight for the first time since winning the title against Amir Khan on December 10, 2011 at the Washington Convention Center. Peterson also captured the WBA title but was stripped after he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Holt (28-5, 16 KO's) last fought on March 16, knocking out Tim Coleman in two rounds in Cabazon, CA. We'll keep you posted on details.