Do We Expect Too Much From The Peterson Brothers?

I have a question, are we expecting too much of the young Peterson brothers?  As I watched Lamont Peterson score a dominating ninth round stoppage over Rogelio Castaneda I had to ask that question aloud.  It was not the first time that I pondered such a question.  I asked the same thing as I watched Lamont’s younger brother Anthony Peterson bang out a twelve round decision over Fernando Trejo in ho-hum fashion on the Vs. network.  Since bursting into the mainstream consciousness the Peterson brothers have been treated like the highly touted prospects they are.  There immense talent and steamrolling of the limited competition placed before them had the industry abuzz.  You add in the touching back story of the two brothers – one that saw them rise above the uncertainty of foster care and sporadic homelessness – and you have two marketable young fighters that could become legitimate superstars.  But here is the rub, for all their talent and skill the Peterson brothers fight in such a cautious style that their fights often become dull.  Actually you can surmise the Peterson’s fighting style as Winky Wright’s stand up defensive acumen but with more foot movement and a wider array of punches.  The thing is for all that technical superiority they posses the fact is that as the competition stepped up the Peterson’s began to fight in a more cautious manner.   As a result many have openly expressed a desire to see the Peterson brothers go for the kill when it is evident their opponent is outmatched.  So I ask the question are we asking too much of these young fighters?  Personally I do not think so.  With the tools and talent these brothers’ posses they need to be winning these step-up fights in resounding fashion.  The name of the game is prizefighting and people are not going to glamour to see you (i.e. pay money) then that entire talent means you will have a glossy record with supersedes your bank account.  Perhaps we are getting a head of ourselves after all Lamont and Anthony are 26 and 25 respectively and the future is wide open but with both brothers being ranked within the top ten in two different categories the time to is now to step up and make a statement.  

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.