Former world super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson of Washington, DC returns to action to challenge for the Interim WBA Welterweight title when he faces interim champion David Avanesyan of Pyatigorsk, Russia on Saturday, February 18 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH. The bout is the co-feature to Adrian Broner's next bout and will be shown on Showtime.
This will be the first bout for Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KO's) since his 12-round majority decision win over Felix Diaz in October of 2015 at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Peterson will be participating in his seventh world title bout.
Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KO's) will make the second defense of his title that he won over Charlie Navarro by ninth-round TKO in November of 2015. Avanesyan successfully defended the title by winning a 12-round unanimous decision over former world champion Shane Mosley on May 28 in Glendale, AZ.
In another bout on the televised portion of the card, Laurel, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams, Jr. will battle undefeated "Sir" Marcus Browne of Staten Island, NY in a 10-round contest. Williams (20-2, 14 KO's) will look to stay in the world title hunt after losing his bid for the WBC Light Heavyweight title to Adonis Stevenson by fourth-round KO on July 29 in Quebec City, Canada. Browne, a 2012 US Olympian (18-0, 13 KO's), won the vacant WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title by eight-round split decision over Radivoje Kalajdzic on April 16 in Brooklyn, NY. Beltway fans may remember Browne competing in DC in April of 2014 when he won an eight-round unanimous decision over Otis Griffin on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov at the DC Armory.