- The Washington Times - Friday, May 25, 2007

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Four weeks after a disastrous boxing show at the D.C. Armory, ESPN2 will try it again tonight with another “Friday Night Fights” card — this time with a much greater chance of success.

First, the co-main events feature two local fighters who have become favorites of the ESPN2 shows as the Peterson brothers, Anthony and Lamont, make their hometown return.

Secondly, this show is being put on by local promoter PMG Boxing, a subsidiary of Peake Management Group. And PMG, founded by Nate Peake, has some impressive star power; the president of the boxing group is former Maryland star and NBA All-Star Steve Francis.

Also scheduled to appear is boxing’s newest superstar, Floyd Mayweather, fresh off his victory over Oscar De La Hoya three weeks ago.

“The last event here, it wasn’t promoted right,” Peake said. “They don’t know what it takes to get the fans out here. But we’re from here, and we know how to get the word out. We have been doing a lot of promotional stuff, radio, television and on the street, getting the buzz out. You’ll see a tremendous difference [tonight] from what you saw a few weeks ago.

“We are getting a lot of support from the city, and we think it is our job to keep putting on fights here. The boys, once they become world champions, they are definitely coming back.”

Francis has taken a visible role in promoting tonight’s fight, in part because he is excited about the future of the Peterson brothers. Anthony Peterson will fight Luis Ernesto Jose, and Lamont Peterson will oppose John Brown.

“Both of these guys are ready to go, and people will get a chance to see how great they are,” Francis said. “If I can help them get to that level, it’s important to me.”

— Thom Loverro

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