Following a layoff of 14 months that included having a bout postponed because of a positive drug test, boxer Lamont Peterson is set to fight again.
The International Boxing Federation junior welterweight champion and his team announced Monday afternoon that he will defend his title against Kendall Holt on Feb. 22 at the D.C. Armory.
Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) has not fought since scoring a victory via split decision over heavily-favored Amir Khan on Dec. 10, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In claiming the IBF and World Boxing Association belts in a seminal yet somewhat controversial triumph, the District native appeared positioned for a promising and financially lucrative future in the sport entering his scheduled rematch against Khan.
But less than two weeks before the May 19 multimillion dollar bout in Las Vegas, Peterson failed a urine test the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association administered as part of the agreement between the camps to allow for random Olympic-style drug testing.