Lamont Peterson doesn't seem concerned with much other than fighting, before his Aug. 9 title defense against Edgar Santana in Brooklyn on Showtime. The IBF light welterweight champion doesn't care that Santana is a relative unknown who most observers are counting out.
"I know Edgar is looking at himself as the underdog. I know a lot of you are putting him as the underdog," Peterson said during a media conference call.
"But for me, I’m just going in there and look at it as another fight that I have to win. I know he’ll give it his all. This is his first title fight. I know how it is to finally get your shot and I know that he’s well prepared and be at your best. So, I’m looking for a great fight and may the best man win."
Peterson knows better than to overlook any man who is training to take what he has. He's also not worried about distancing himself his rough TKO loss to Lucas Matthysse in 2013.
"No, not really. It was just one of the nights in boxing. I’ve been told that from day one," he explained.
"So, I didn’t have anything to prove in that fight. Have nothing to prove now. At the end of the day, we’re all fighters. We go out there, we train hard, we give it our best and we go out there to win. That’s what I do all the time."
Well, Peterson usually does win and he'll surely want to stay on track after picking up a decision over Dierry Jean in January. A title unification bout with Danny Garcia (who fights in the main event of the same Showtime card Saturday) awaits Peterson should they both win, but he can't be bothered with what Garcia may or may not be able to do.
Lamont Peterson is all business. He's not buying he or Garcia's hype. He's not stressing the pressure or the criticism, either.
"Well, I’m not going to really pay close attention to [Garcia's fight Saturday Rod Salka]. I pretty much know Danny is a top fighter. He can handle himself at that level and I can handle myself at the level," Peterson said.
So, I won’t be really focused on him or anything like that. The first thing I have to do is take care of my business and if I do that, then I’ll just be ready to celebrate and relax and get ready for the next one."