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PETERSON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER KO LOSS TO LIPINETS

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Lamont Peterson (35-5-1, 17 KOs) announced his retirement tonight in front of his hometown of Washington D.C. after losing to Sergey Lipents at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill.

            “It’s been a long career, but today is the day. I love y’all, thank you for all the support,” Peterson announced to the crowd. “It’s time for me to retire. This will be the last time ya’ll see me in the ring.”

            With seconds left in the tenth round, Lipinets caught Peterson with a right hand and loaded on power punch combinations before knocking Peterson to the canvas. The towel from Peterson’s corner came in as Peterson quickly got up, but his corner had seen enough.

            Peterson was working well in the first half of the fight, utilizing his reach and jab. Winning the early rounds on the unofficial scorecard of Fox’s Marcos Villegas, it was Lipinets that started to close the distance in the middle rounds and chop down the bigger Peterson. Lamont began to crouch down giving up his height and reach that would set him up for danger with Lipinets’ power. Slowly, but surely, Lipinets chopped down the tree and hurt Peterson in the eighth round. Peterson survived the round, and in the ninth looked like he was trying to hold on. Referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight at 2:59 in the tenth after the towel from Team Peterson was thrown in

Lamont Peterson goes down Photo: Kent Green

                        “I feel great at 147 pounds, no doubt about it. I feel strong,” said Lipinets through a translator. “Lamont Peterson is a strong fighter, an excellent fighter.”

            This was the second welterweight bout for Lipinets and the first with Joe Gossen as his new trainer. “You seen me at 140 pounds, at 147 already,” said Lipinets who gave praise to the skills he’s gained under Gossen’s tutelage. “You seen the difference at the previous fight at 147 and what I did now.”

            Lipinets is now 2-0 in the welterweight division. He improves his record to 15-1 with 11 knockouts.

Sergey Lipinets wins second welterweight fight Photo: Kent Green

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