Errol Spence Jr. Dominates Lamont Peterson Scoring a TKO Victory
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: January 21, 2018
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 KOs) lived up to his moniker “The Truth” by dominating Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) over seven rounds. The bout was stopped in the eighth as Peterson’s trainer allowed him to come out for the eighth round before pulling the plug on the fight.
From the start, Spence established his jab and set the pace in which the bout would be contested. The Texas native showcased a variety of his arsenal landing vicious body shots and accurate uppercuts. In the fifth round, Spence scored a knockdown with a left hand that was at the end of a combination. Peterson showed a tremendous heart by surviving the rest of the round. The Washington D.C. native had his moments landing right hands, but nothing seemed to hurt Spence.
At the end of the night, Spence landed 138 out of 279 power punches landing at a 49 percent connect rate. With the victory over Peterson, Spence has scored his tenth consecutive stoppage. For those who believe that Spence is the best welterweight in the division, the performance against Peterson is further ammunition. The Dynamic Texan has now successfully made his first title defense. He now looks forward to unifying the welterweight division. In his post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Spence called out WBA and WBC welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, by changing his moniker to “Sometimes” Thurman.
Fans will look forward to the next time they can see Spence inside in the ring.
The first fight on the telecast took place in the lightweight division. IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-0, 14 KOs) took on the Dominican Republics Javier Fortuna (33-2-1, 23 KOs). The title was only on the line for Easter as Fortuna failed to make the lightweight limit of 135 pounds. If Fortuna were to defeat Easter, the title would then be considered vacant.
The lightweight title fight quickly turned into a phone booth brawl with both men trading punches on the inside throughout the contest. In the second round, Fortuna would be deducted a point for hitting behind the head. This point deduction would end up becoming a significant factor in the scoring of the bout. When the final bell rang, it was a toss-up as to who would be declared the winner.
Showtime’s Steve Farhood scored the bout 115-112 in favor of Fortuna. On his scorecard, Fortuna secured the last three rounds of the fight. The judges ended up disagreeing with Farhood by scoring the bout a split decision for Easter. Two judges scored the fight 115-112 and 114-113 for Easter, and the final judge scored the fight for Fortuna with a score of 114-113. Easter landed 130 total punches in the match. Fortuna landed 120 out of 487 punches at a 25 percent connect rate. The crowd in attendance was not happy about the decision and let it be known with a swarm of boos.
Many fans and pundits scored the fight for Fortuna, and a rematch would be acceptable. Easter in his post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray seemed more interested in fighting in unification bouts against the other champions at lightweight such as Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia.
(Feature Photo: Showtime Sports)