Lamont Peterson handed Washington title defence next month

IBF light-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will finally make his ring return after fourteen months out when the American tackles former WBO title holder Kendall Holt in Washington D.C.

Peterson has not fought since allegedly testing positive for steroids in the wake of his career-best victory over Amir Khan in the same State in December 2011 and was given special dispensation by the IBF to keep his title.

The 28 year-old, who has lost just once in 32 outings, will now attempt to piece back together his ruptured reputation and will headline ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights on February 22 as confirmed today by their own chief boxing writer Dan Rafael.

Challenger Holt, 31, has lost to three world champions in his last six bouts, but did end the challenge of fringe contender Tim Coleman in two impressive rounds last time out to gain his shot at regaining the world title.

The New Jersey fighter previously held the WBO version of the 140lb crown between 2008 and 2009 until defeated by unbeaten Timothy Bradley and will look to improve his current record of 28 wins and five losses at the DC Armory.