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  Lamont Peterson vs. Victor Cayo
Teleconference Highlights


By Robert Jones


On July 29th Lamont Peterson (28-1-1 14 KO’s) and Victor Cayo (26-1-1 18 KO’s) will square off on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at The Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino located centrally on the Las Vegas Strip. The fighters are very similar - they have both lost just one time each, and each lost to a world class fighter (Peterson to WBC and WBO champion Timothy Bradley and Cayo to top ranked Marcos Maidana). Now that they have gotten a taste of the big time they are hoping to use that experience, in front of a national audience, to attempt to propel themselves to that same world class level.

Cayo and Peterson are ranked third and fourth, respectively in the IBF Junior Welterweight rankings. Because the number one and two positions in these rankings are vacated, Cayo and Peterson are fighting for the right to fight the IBF Champion (either current IBF champion Zab Judah or WBA champion Amir Khan, depending on who wins their July 23rd unification bout.) Three weeks out the fighters gave us an idea of how training and preparation is going, and what we can expect, when they meet July 29th.

Both fighters showed great respect for each other, which was expected if you have ever followed the lead-up to either fighter before. Neither fighter pointed out any weaknesses they saw in their opponents, instead concentrating on their positive attributes. Peterson said he is very impressed with Cayo, saying he had a very good jab, can go upstairs, and is a well-rounded fighter overall. Cayo was similar in his praise of Peterson, calling him a true warrior who doesn’t make many mistakes in the ring and is a huge professional.

When asked who they would rather fight between Amir Khan and Zab Judah, provided they win, they both picked Khan. Peterson picked Khan because he believes Cayo and Khan have similar body types and fight in a similar fashion, meaning training could in a way be easier because he would just continue training for a similar style fighter. Cayo, who praised Khan a few times during the teleconference, also picked Khan not because of style, but because of who he is. Cayo called Khan the most exciting and best fighter at 140, and he strives to fight the best.

Both fighters said they are both on track for their target weight, so we shouldn’t expect any weigh-in drama the day before the fight. Both fighters mentioned that with just two-and-a-half weeks remaining to the bout they are concentrating on their opponent, and no longer on fitness. Fitness was a slight concern to Cayo, who had to pull-out of a scheduled fight with Peterson in April because of an arm injury, but he says the injury is fine now, and will not be an issue come fight night.

Pound4Pound will be there to cover the world title eliminator, ringside.



 

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