Anthony Peterson have amassed a 37-1 record with 24 wins coming by the way of knockout. The Washington D.C. native talks about his March 24th bout against former world-champion, Argenis Mendez.
By Percy Crawford (MrLouis1ana)
(AllHipHop Features) The hardships of the Peterson Brothers, Anthony and Lamont is well documented. Homeless at the early age of 6, Anthony and his older brother (by two years) Lamont found themselves on the streets of D.C. after no longer being able to endure a chaotic home life. They were 2 of 12 other siblings whose father battled drug use and went to jail, and their mother abused alcohol. While hanging around a boxing gym, now 8-year old, Anthony was discovered and trained by now father figure, Barry Hunter who took both brothers in and have been with them since. Despite the rough childhood, Anthony says it taught him the importance of waiting his turn and being patient. One glimpse at his career and you could understand why those attributes are so important to the 33-year old pugilist. Despite having only one loss in 38-fights, Anthony have yet to compete for a world-title; a fortune he hopes to change this year. First things first though, Peterson is up against former world-champion, Argenis Mendez on March 24th on FS1 at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland. Peterson-Mendez will serve as the co-main event to Anthony’s older brother Lamont’s bout against, Sergey Lipinets.
I had a chance to speak with the 38-fight vet to discuss his extended layoff, regaining his spot, Argenis Mendez fight and future move up to welterweight.
AllHipHop: How are you doing?
Anthony Peterson: I’m talking to you again, so at least I’m headed in the right direction.
AllHipHop: It’s always a pleasure. It’s been a long time coming, March 24th, a win over Argenis Mendez could put you in a good place in terms of a potential world-title shot. Despite the layoffs, injuries and fights falling out, is that essentially what keeps you motivated?
Anthony Peterson: It’s certain things that I had to go through in my life as a youngster that I draw back to that keeps me in that state of mind. We had to wait to get on the list to be placed in a shelter, we had to wait to be on the list for foster care and just to be homeless we had to wait. We had to wait for bad things, so why would I not wait for good things you know what I’m saying. If you truly love what you do, and you love your craft… of course I’m human. I had my down ends with it. I’m seeing guys fighting for championships in the welterweight and the junior welterweight division and the super welterweight division that I knocked around in sparring sessions. I know I see a lot of great guys coming through, I see a lot of guys winning, but I can’t let that get to me to the point where I’m like, “Man, forget boxing. I’m going to do something else.” It’s something in me, that I just explained to you that makes me patient. What else can I do?
AllHipHop: For sure. Does that mentality have to carry over to the ring for you in order not to have a letdown?
Anthony Peterson: Yes, for sure. Note that I’m not a tough guy. This is a way of life. There are people out here going through way worse things that I could ever imagine. We just talking about going in a square ring and doing something that I have been doing since I was nine against somebody. To me it’s not that big of a deal.
AllHipHop: What do you see when you watch, Argenis Mendez?
Anthony Peterson: I watched him last year and no disrespect to him, I haven’t watched him. Once they told me that the fight was on, I didn’t really have to watch him. Once the Mickey Bey fight had fell out, I was supposed to fight, Mendez. I studied him a little bit and then that fight fell out. So, I already had him on the radar. I know what he can bring, I know what he’s going to do, and I just prepared myself for a little less than a month from now, to do what I do best and that’s win.
AllHipHop: You have been fighting, but it’s been off the radar, to come back, co-main event to your brother at home, I’m sure that is a big deal for you.
Anthony Peterson: It’ a great feeling, but it’s not enough. I’m appreciative for everything that comes my way, but if you could recall, May 25th, 2007, I headlined on ESPN while Floyd Mayweather and everybody was in the house. That was the best performance that I ever had, I believe. It was against a rugged southpaw Dominican fighter named Ernesto. He was real rough and I stopped him late. I have been headlining since day one I just haven’t been given the opportunity lately to display my talents in a main event slot. I’m going to work my way up and do whatever I gotta do to get that spot back.
AllHipHop: Mendez does have some slick counter punchers and he is a rhythm guy. What do you have to do to break that rhythm and not let him get in his groove?
Anthony Peterson: Just keep a good consistent jab all night, good footwork, movement, rhythm, style and reflexes gotta be on point. I know a lot of people feel like I’ve been out of the ring for a while, but I’ve been in there with guys; Lamont Peterson, Shawn Porter, Jarrett Hurd, Austin Trout. Any names that you can name that’s out here right now, I’ve been in there with them. I know what time it is. It’s a fight and I’m just ready to do my thing. That’s all I can say.
AllHipHop: Do you feel like we still haven’t seen the best version of, Anthony Peterson?
Anthony Peterson: For sure. And then the styles. You gotta have a good dancing partner. I truly believe that, Mendez is the perfect dancing partner. He’s not awkward. He’s not a person that shy’s away from contact. I don’t gotta look for him, he’s going to be there. The only thing I saw when I watched him, like you said is the counter punching. He has a counter left hook and an overhand that comes. I have been in there with guys that counter, I have been in there with guys who are strong; the whole nine. It’s nothing that I have never seen before.
AllHipHop: You were at 135-pounds for a long time. How has your body acclimated to being at 140?
Anthony Peterson: Actually, welterweight going to be soon. This summer I got up to the biggest I have ever been. Not fat, but it was muscle. I’m a big fan of my body. My body… I have been knowing my body since 1985. I know the end and outs like my thighs, my hamstrings, my shins and my neck is growing. I know I can’t make lightweight. That’s out.
AllHipHop.com: Even if 140 is a pass-through division for you, there is some great competition there. What do you see when you look around the division in terms of talent?
Anthony Peterson: I can’t really pronounce the guy name, but I like him a lot. He’s a southpaw.
AllHipHop.com: Regis Prograis.
Anthony Peterson: Yes-yes! I like his style. He’s a dog in there, he seems to have a good ring IQ and good hand speed. But there is something about him, like Mikey Garcia is looking at Spence, there is something I see in him that I know my style will definitely beat him. I can’t really nail it down, but trust me, if we were to sit down in front of a television, I’ll show you. And I’m pretty sure he would say the same thing about me. It’s business.
AllHipHop: What can we expect on March 24th from you?
Anthony Peterson: The basics. In my time off I was teaching boxing. It’s crazy because now I’m looking at it from a coach point of view now. It’s like I’m a coach and a fighter at the same time. He basics. People get away from the jab. The jab is the heartbeat of a fight. It’s the most underrated punch, it’s the hardest punch to stay disciplined by and it’s the most important punch in boxing. As we are having this conversation right now, I’m looking over at the MGM and watching that. I can’t wait.
AllHipHop: How do you not let the pressure of fighting on the same card bother you?
Anthony Peterson: We’ve done it before. January 5th of 2007 we fought on ESPN together, January 4th of 2008 we fought on a card together and like I said May 25th of 2007. We fought on cards a lot in Biloxi, Mississippi. We know what time it is. It ain’t nothing personal it’s business. We know what can happen stepping in that ring and we understand on both ends. We keep our faith in the work that we put in and understand that we come a long way, but we got so far to go. There is nobody that’s going to stand in our way and stop what we got going on. We believe in our talent and our skills that God gave us.
AllHipHop: I look forward to seeing you back in there, good luck and we will speak afterwards. Is there anything else you want to add?
Anthony Peterson: Like I have said in every interview since September 25th of 2004 when I made my pro debut, keep God first and anything is possible.