DC's Lamont Peterson lost a tough unanimous decision to undefeated Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley for Bradley's WBO Junior Welterweight championship tonight in front of a nationally-televised Showtime audience at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Peterson survived a knockdown in the third round and came back to show incredible amounts of heart and grit as he tried to land punches on Bradley. But it wasn't to be as Bradley showed great boxing skill and defense to earn a decisive victory.
Judge Denny Nelson scored the bout 118-110. Jose Cabion saw the bout 119-108 while Fritz Werner scored a shutout for Bradley 120-107.
Peterson loses for the first time in his pro career and he is now 27-1, 13 KO's. Bradley is now 25-0, 11 KO's.
This note must be made: Both of these men showed how important class is. In an age where the opposite of class -- where self-gratification and showing how important "I" am is prevelant in all of sports -- it was so refreshing to see two young men walk in the ring with class and leave the ring with even more class. Personally, I will be rooting for Timothy Bradley in everything he does from here on out. And of course, the heart Lamont Peterson showed tonight hopefully will lead to more big fights down the road. He truly deserves that. Boxing fans should be very proud tonight.