They were joined by Lamont’s brother, Anthony Peterson (35-1, 23 KOs), local favorite Jimmy Lange (38-6-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated prospect Alantez Fox (16-0-1, 6 KOs), who will also fight October 17 in separate bouts.
The fighters worked out for media and met with dozens of children from the Charles Houston Recreation Center and the nearby Boys & Girls Club to sign autographs and take photos.
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“I’ve seen Diaz and I think he can fight. It’s obvious he can fight. He’s undefeated, but I really think when we get in the thick of this, experience is going to take over and I don’t think he is going to have enough to finish.
“It’s times like this when you’re with kids that you really see how important it is to be around positive role models. How you can make a difference by just being there. It is always important for me to give back and fighting in my hometown lets me do that.
“When I’m on the road, you have to move around a lot and workout in a hotel gym, but the benefit of being at home is that I get to sleep in my own bed, work out at my own gym and its 100 times better for me. At the end of the day, I love to fight in front of my hometown fans.”
FELIX DIAZ JR.
“Just like everything in life, we have to climb. Beating Lamont would be reaching new heights in my career and my life.
“After the Olympics I took a year off to think about my future. And that break led me here.
“I know what the whole world knows about Lamont Peterson. He’s a tremendous fighter…but that doesn’t matter. I’m still going to beat him.
“A world title shot is in my future and I think this fight is what’s going to open the door for me.”
“We get our work in everyday. This is a whole family type of atmosphere.
“I’ve seen tapes on my opponent. He’s a tough southpaw. I’m looking forward to fighting him on Saturday night.
“I love supporting my brother. He is my best friend and I’m so happy we are on the same card and representing DC and Headbangers in front of a hometown crowd.
“I definitely want a world title shot soon and I’m staying at 135. It’s where I’m comfortable and where I will continue to become better and better.”
“I prepared for this fight the same way I prepare for every fight. There’s no film on my opponent [Mike Sawyer], so I prepared for King Kong and got in the very best shape.
“It’s an honor [to fight on a card headlined by Lamont Peterson] because he has brought boxing back to DC and the DC metropolitan area.
“I am absolutely honored to be on this card, because Lamont is a real champion in and out of the ring. You don’t hear anything bad about him, because there isn’t anything bad to say.”
“Training camp went really well. I feel very strong. I’ve got a few more pounds to cut and that’s it.
“I know my opponent [Eric Mitchell] is tough. Normally Philly fighters are always tough.
“It’s going to be easy from round one to the end. You’re not going to want to turn away because, if you do, you could miss something good.
“Every time I fight, I want to entertain the fans, like I’m the main event, even if I’m not the main event.”
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