Sources have informed us that there's a strong possibility that the jr. welterweight clash between IBF champion Lamont Peterson and mandatory challenger Kendall Holt could end up on the undercard of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's next title defense. Although his opponent has yet to be determined, Golovkin will be fighting on January 19 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in an HBO televised bout. Going head-to-head with a Showtime tripleheader headlined by Alexander vs. Brook, sources say HBO is planning their own tripleheader and Peterson vs. Holt is one of the supporting bouts, with Golovkin being featured as the main event.
The one issue that could prevent the bout from taking place is whether or not Peterson will actually be licensed in New York. Earlier this year, Peterson tested positive for a banned substance, forcing the cancellation of his previously scheduled rematch with Amir Khan. Although he was allowed to keep his title, the fact that Peterson admitted to using a banned substance, albeit for therapeutic purposes, prior to his first fight with Khan may not sit well with any commission that he seeks licensing with. That being said, the New York State Athletic recently allowed Erik Morales to move forward with his bout against Danny Garcia despite having two tests turn up positive prior to the bout.
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