Lamont Peterson impresses in comeback fight

Lamont Peterson
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Lamont Peterson stops Kendall Holt in impressive style in his comeback fight after a doping ban.

IBF light-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson completed an impressive stoppage victory over Kendall Holt last night, after 14 months out of the ring.

Peterson had been preparing for his rematch with Amir Khan last summer, but failed a drugs test and was handed a subsequent ban, although he kept one of his world titles.

In his return yesterday evening, the 29-year-old began shakily, getting tagged by Holt often.

He dropped the challenger in round four with a powerful right and dominated the fight thereafter, before completing an eighth-round stoppage.

"I spent a lot of energy trying to get him out," Peterson told ESPN afterwards.

"I have to look at the tape [to see how I performed]. I always give myself a bad grade when I fight.

"Right now, I got the win, so I'll say I did a good job."

Peterson improved his record to 36 wins, one defeat and a single draw.

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