The East Coast had better be ready for a rumble on May 18th when Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse duke it out at the Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City. These two light welterweights are ready to prove who deserves the title of champion, and boxing fans in AC are sure to get a show.
The fight promises to be a good one, considering that Peterson is the reigning IBF Light Welterweight Champion. If keeping his 31-1-1 record in nearly perfect condition isn’t enough motivation for the fight on May 18th, a victory might get him something even bigger. Floyd Mayweather, one of the most dominant figures in modern boxing, has a major fight planned for September 14th, and there have been rumors about a lot of different opponents. A win against Matthysse might put Lamont Peterson in that “lotto” for the Mayweather fight, which is sure to be a major prime time event, as most of his fights are.
For Lucas Matthysse, the fight at the Boardwalk Arena is a chance to show the world why he deserves his current title as the WBC Light Welterweight Champion. He is a fierce brawler in the boxing ring and has knocked out 31 of his 35 career opponents. His record is only marred by two losses, both of which were split judge decisions. Peterson may be gunning for a September date with Floyd Mayweather, but Matthysse might have a chance to battle Danny Garcia in a September match if he keeps to his KO habits and defeats Peterson on May 18th. Suffice to say, both fighters have plenty to fight for.
The fight is being sponsored by Golden Boy, a promotional sporting company founded by Oscar de la Hoya. They’ve been around just over 10 years now, but they’ve managed to make quite a mark on the international boxing community. Golden Boy Promotions has become one of the most respected promotional agencies in the business, and regularly presents shows on networks like HBO and ESPN. Golden Boy is also the main figure behind Fight Night Club, the monthly boxing series on Fox Sports Net that is held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Reaching the top of any industry so quickly breeds some bad blood, and some people have criticized a number of Golden Boy’s business moves. Just last week, Golden Boy’s CEO had to fend off rumors that their recent contract with Showtime for an exclusive six-fight deal was a financial disaster because of low Pay-per-view numbers. The promoting giant seems to be doing just fine, and is also getting excited for a new weekly boxing program with Fox Sports 1. The new channel launches in August of this year, and the Monday night program will supposedly focus on young, up-and-coming fighters.
Tickets are on sale now for the bout between Peterson and Matthysse on May 18th. The fight will be held at the Boardwalk Hall Arena, so book your stay at the nearby Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, or else you might have to throw some punches of your own to get a room for this packed weekend in Atlantic City. If boxing isn’t a favorite for the whole family, you can always divide and conquer the entertainment scene of Atlantic City. Brian McKnight will be performing at the Harrahs Resort and Casino on May 18th as well. Atlantic City really does have something for everyone!