Two of the year’s most anticipated fights will be held at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on May 18.
Caesars Entertainment consultant Ken Condon confirmed an ESPN.com report Saturday that Lamont Peterson will defend his IBF junior-welterweight championship against Lucas Matthysse and IBF welterweight champ Devon Alexander will meet unbeaten Kell Brook.
Both fights, which are being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, will also be shown on Showtime.
“May 18 will be a terrific night of two spectacular world championships,” Condon said in a text message Saturday. “If you are a boxing fan, you don’t want to miss these two matchups.”
Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs), from Washington, D.C., is coming off a spectacular, eighth-round TKO over former junior-welterweight champ Kendall Holt in his hometown on Feb. 22. Peterson has won three straight since a majority draw against Victor Ortiz. His only loss was by decision to current welterweight champ Timothy Bradley four years ago.
Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs), a native of Argentina, holds the WBC interim title. Known as a terrific puncher, he has earned five straight knockouts, including a first-round knockout over Mike Dallas Jr. on Jan. 26. in Las Vegas in his last bout. His only defeats were via split decision to Alexander and Zab Judah.
“Lamont Peterson and Lucas Matthysse will fight anyone,” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com Friday. “Lamont called him out (after beating Holt) and when we asked Matthysse about fighting Peterson, Matthysse said, ‘Line him up.’
“For Peterson to have a victory against one of the most avoided guys in boxing, that would be big and definitely make a big statement. The same goes for Lucas Matthysse. He’s been waiting for an opportunity to show he is ready to take on and win against an opponent like Lamont Peterson.”
Alexander and Brook were supposed to meet twice before earlier this year, but the bout was postponed each time due to injuries by each fighter.
Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs), a native of St. Louis, will be making his first defense of the belt he won with a 12-round, unanimous decision over Randall Bailey in New York on Oct. 20, 2012. Like Peterson, his only defeat was against Bradley two years ago.
Brook (29-0, 19 KOs), a native of the United Kingdom, has only fought outside his native country once. The bout was at Boardwalk Hall. Brook notched a fifth-round TKO over Luis Galarza on the Andre Ward-Carl Froch undercard on Dec. 17, 2011.
“With Peterson and Matthysse and Alexander-Brook, this is championship boxing at the highest level,” Schaefer told ESPN.com “You have two great matchups in two of the hottest weight classes, and if you asked 10 experts to pick the winners, you’d probably have half pick one guy and the other half pick the other guy.”
The on-sale date for tickets will be announced.
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