On Sunday, March 24th, Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) presents a boxing card live on FS1 from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The main event of the night features two former champions battling it out in a welterweight clash as Lamont Peterson takes on Sergey Lipinets. The co-headliner features Lamont’s brother Anthony Peterson taking on Argenis Mendez in a junior welterweight bout.
There are six fights scheduled for Sunday’s boxing event. The prelims will begin at 6 PM ET and expected to start with Borrego vs Thomas. The main card will begin at 8 PM ET and start with the Clark vs Brown fight.
Unlike a lot of the recent boxing events that we’ve covered, the majority of boxing betting sites have the odds very close for the main card fights on the night. In fact, the Peterson brothers’ fights are basically Pick ‘Ems. That doesn’t usually happen. Let’s dig deeper into this boxing card, look for betting value, and try to KO our picks.
Vernon Brown (10-0-1, 7 KOs) vs Jamontay Clark (13-1, 7 KOs)
- Vernon Brown (+420)
- Jamontay Clark (-650)
Although Brown is the unbeaten boxer in this contest, Clark comes in as the betting favorite and largely because he’s the prospect pegged by pundits to be a bigger star than Vernon. Brown is a rising fighter, but hasn’t faced the level of competition that Clark has in his career. Neither fighter has betting value. However, Brown might be worth a risk for you betting daredevils. Clark had an ugly loss in his last fight, which might have shaken his confidence. For the extreme risk takers, Brown is the biggest betting risk of the night.
Brown vs Clark Preview
|Boxer||Vernon Brown||Jamontay Clark|
At 29, some pundits are wondering what Vernon Brown has to offer in regards to being a title contender. Although undefeated, Brown hasn’t faced anyone worth talking about. His last two fights were against opponents with losing records. In fact, half of his fights were against opponents with losing records. Now, it’s not his fault that his opponents aren’t winning their fights, but it does discredit his undefeated record.
Brown fought three times in 2018 and won the last two of those fights via knockout. Once again, those KO wins were against fighters with losing records.
As mentioned Clark lost his last fight, which was in August 2018. It was the first loss of his career. Although it was a UD loss, just go to YouTube and see how bad Clark was beat up by Rosario. Prior to the loss, Clark was on a tear as he defeated Dolton and Golub who were both touted prospects with a combined record of 32-1-1.
Clark comes into this contest needing a bounce back win. A KO victory would certainly right the ship and get Clark back on track. However, it’s been six straight fights since Clark last stopped someone via KO/TKO. So, it will be hard betting on him to accomplish that feat in this fight.
The Better Prospect Is…?
Coming into this fight, the better prospect is Clark. After this fight, it will still be Clark. His resume is more impressive than Brown’s. The only chance that Brown has is if Clark hasn’t fully recovered from the beating he took at the hands of Rosario. From all accounts heading into this fight, Clark looks ready to fight and eager to wash the taste of losing out of his mouth.
I believe this fight will go the full 10 rounds in this super welterweight contest. Clark will come away with the UD victory.
Argenis Mendez (25-5-1, 12 KOs) vs Anthony Peterson (37-1, 24 KOs)
- Argenis Mendez (-110)
- Anthony Peterson (-110)
The co-main event of the night is a Pick ‘Em fight where both boxers have the same betting odds. Boxing betting sites were unable or unwilling to make one of the fighters the betting favorite. These odds could change as we get closer to Sunday’s event. With that said, I believe they both offer betting value at near Even payouts. Whichever fighter you are confident it, will provide a solid return on your wager.
Mendez vs Peterson Preview
|Boxer||Argenis Mendez||Anthony Peterson|
|Record||25-5-1, 1 NC||37-1, 1 NC|
Argenis Mendez had success as an amateur before turning pro in 2006. He started off quickly as he won 12 straight fights before suffering his first loss. He won a few regional titles along the way an even won the IBF super featherweight title in a rematch against Juan Carlos Salgado who defeated Argenis in their first encounter. He successfully defended the title a few times before losing it. He’s been inconsistent over the last 5 years of his career.
Since July 2014, Mendez has gone 4-3 overall. However, he’s lost to top prospects during that span like Luke Campbell. Mendez has won his last two fights both going the distance against opponents with inflated records. With that said, Argenis is excited for this bout and is hoping to prove that he’s still a contender by beating the younger Peterson brother this Sunday:
“I’m excited for this challenge against Anthony Peterson so that I can prove that I am still at a world championship level. I know that he’s fighting at home, but when he’s in the ring, no one can help him. I want to show off all of the skills that have gotten me here and leave an impression on everyone watching that I’m a threat to anybody they put in there against me.”
Anthony Peterson has won seven fights in a row ever since his DQ loss to Brandon Rios in 2010. This is Peterson’s second fight in the last three years. He returned to the ring in January 2018 after taking off nearly 22 months. Despite the lengthy layoff, Anthony is still declaring that he’s a world class fighter and wants a title shot this year:
“This fight means a lot coming off a layoff because I want to make a clear statement that I am a world class legitimate fighter and that I deserve a shot at a title in 2019. It’s even more important for me to show up and show out as I will be fighting at home in front of my family and friends. I have to bring it and make the absolute most of this.”
Anthony has more to prove than his brother Lamont. He’s had less fights over recent years and hasn’t been in as many big time title fights. With no real title defenses to point to, Anthony is running out of time. For Anthony to get into the title scene, he will have to string together a few wins and that starts with Mendez on Sunday. Peterson believes that Mendez is the perfect opponent to bring out the best in him and for putting on a good show:
“Mendez is the perfect dancing partner. He’s not awkward. He’s not a person that shy’s away from contact. I don’t gotta look for him, he’s going to be there. The only thing I saw when I watched him, like you said is the counter punching. He has a counter left hook and an overhand that comes. I have been in there with guys that counter, I have been in there with guys who are strong; the whole nine. It’s nothing that I have never seen before.”
Can Little Brother Upstage Big Brother?
Mendez is going to be a worthy foe for Anthony Peterson, but as long as AP comes into this fight in great shape and off a solid camp, he should win. Peterson is the better fighter between these two and Mendez appears to be on the downside of his career while AP is trying to get back on track.
I expect the two boxers to feel each other out for a few rounds before implanting their fight plans. I don’t see AP stopping Mendez before it goes the full 10 rounds. If this was a 12 round fight then I would’ve said there was a chance for a late round TKO.
With that said, look for Anthony Peterson to reestablish himself with a convincing Unanimous Decision victory. I would say after this win, he will need at least one more fight before being considered for a title fight. Also, Anthony Peterson’s betting odds offer great value.
Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10 KOs) vs Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs)
- Sergey Lipinets (-110)
- Lamont Peterson (-110)
The main event of the night is another tight contest with both boxers having the same or very close betting odds depending on the boxing sportsbook that you are looking at. The promoter has said this is a “50-50” fight and the boxing betting odds indicate that. With a Pick ‘Em fight, just like the one above, you are going to get great betting value no matter who you pick to win. Keep an eye on these boxing odds because I can see them changing by time we get to Sunday.
Lipinets vs Peterson Preview
|Boxer||Sergey Lipinets||Lamont Peterson|
Lamont Peterson hasn’t fought since January 2018 when he lost to Errol Spence Jr. after his corner stopped the fight at the beginning of the 8th round. Spence thoroughly dominated Peterson in this fight, which was arguably the worst loss of Lamont’s career. He’s been out of the ring for the last 14 months and really focused on his health and what was best for him. Lamont decided it was time to come back to boxing and is taking on a strong opponent in Sergey Lipinets.
For Peterson, this is a make or break fight. He’s 2-2 over his last four contests and 4-3 since 2013. Lamont is a former two-division world champ having last held a belt in 2017. A loss here would all, but derail Peterson’s career and he could seriously consider retirement. However, a win could definitely boost Peterson’s stock again, give him confidence, and possibly put him back into the title hunt where he once was a permanent fixture:
“I’m not sure. I just want a solid win and eventually getting another shot at the title. I don’t think I’m done as far as being at the top level. I know a win over, Sergey is a solid win and I just want to fight the top guys at the weight class and go from there.”
Lipinets is 5 years younger than Peterson, but he is also a former world champ. Sergey won the IBF light welterweight title in November 2017. Unfortunately, he lost it in his next fight which was against one of the top fighters in all of boxing – Mikey Garcia. That was Lipinets only loss of his career and it was via UD.
Sergey bounced back last August, three months after his loss, to defeat Erick Bone via MD and get back into the win column. Lipinets knows this will be a tough fight against Peterson and he understands that anything less than his best will not get it done this weekend. So, Sergey is focused on doing whatever it takes to win this fight on Sunday:
“My plan is to do whatever it takes to win the fight. If he wants to box, fine, we will box. If he wants to get in the trenches and fight that is even better. That is the reason we have training camp, to be ready for anything. At the end of the day, I’m trying to put up a performance that will establish my standing in the welterweight division. Our styles set up a good scrap for the fans.”
Both Peterson and Lipinets have publicly stated that their styles match up well and that this will be an enjoyable fight for the fans. If the fight goes the way pundits and fans expect, we should get a very entertaining pugilistic affair.
Who Gets Back into the Title Hunt?
Peterson’s performance against Spence still concerns me a bit. He was physically and mentally beaten badly. As you know, Spence would go on to fight a few more times including his one-side win over Mikey Garcia this past weekend. Errol Spence is at the upper echelon of the division and Lamont might not be able to get back up there.
Going forward, I’m also concerned about Peterson’s age. He will be 35 in September and has a lot of miles on that body. The combination of his age and his fight against Spence are cause for concern heading into Sunday’s fight.
With that said, I have a hard time putting Lipinets over Peterson this weekend. Sergey is a solid fighter, but he hasn’t fought half the competition Peterson has. He didn’t beat a champion for his world title as it was vacant. And then he couldn’t even successfully defend it once. Garcia was far and away the better fighter and it showed the level of difference between the best in the sport and where Lipinets is at. I’m not saying Peterson is on the same level as Garcia, as he clearly isn’t anymore, but he once was one of the best in the division. Could he still have some of that magic left?
Until, I see Lipinets beat someone the caliber of Peterson, I can’t pick him. For this bet, I’m taking Lamont Peterson to win via Unanimous Decision in his return to the ring. I believe both Peterson brothers will earn hard fought victories. Additionally, both Peterson fights offer solid betting value.
Scheduled Preliminary Bouts
The following fights are scheduled for the preliminary portion of the event and set to begin at 6 PM ET. All boxing betting odds are courtesy of 5Dimes.
Jerry Thomas (14-1-1, 8 KOs) vs Jose Miguel Borrego (14-2, 13 KOs)
- Jerry Thomas (+255)
- Jose Miguel Borrego (-365)
At just 21 years old, Jose Miguel Borrego is still growing into his body and his career. However, he has dropped two of his last three fights with both losses coming via Decisions. Nevertheless, Jose comes into this contest as the betting favorite and 8 years younger than his opponent.
Jerry Thomas is a 29 year old fighter out of California who has won three straight fights since suffering the only loss of his career 2 ½ years ago. He fought roughly 10 months ago and won via TKO, but was going up against someone making their pro debut.
I actually think Jerry Thomas has some betting value here. He not only has a better record, but he’s capable enough in the ring to pull off the upset over the younger, more talented Borrego. However, I do think Thomas will succumb to defeat via Decision. Borrego has more upside and needs to turn his career around. This desperation should be the difference in this fight and Thomas needs to prove he still has enough juice to climb up the ladder.
Brandon Quarles (21-4-1, 10 KOs) vs Aaron Coley (15-2-1, 7 KOs)
- Brandon Quarles (+115)
- Aaron Coley (-155)
Here we have another close fight on paper and with boxing betting sites. Unlike the two featured fights of the night, this prelim bout is slightly higher in betting odds. That means we have a betting favorite, which is Aaron Coley. However he’s not too big of a favorite that there’s no betting value. If you believe he will win then get on these odds before they go up.
I actually do feel that Coley will win. Aaron is 4 years younger than his opponent and has faced some stiff competition. His last fight was a Split Decision loss to Valenzuela, but the event took place in Africa. Prior to that loss, Coley had won 6 straight fights.
Quarles has won three straight fights since he lost two years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Quarles has a higher ceiling than fighting on preliminary cards. But, if he wins, then Coley’s once touted career will also be relegated to prelim fights.
For this fight, I think Coley is the better fighter and he will come away with a UD win on Sunday.
Lorenzo Simpson (2-0, 2 KOs) vs Earl Henry (0-2-2)
There are no betting odds listed for this fight with the reputable boxing betting sites. However, if the odds do get listed prior to the fight, Simpson will be the heavy favorite. He’s a touted prospect and a local kid that should get the crowd fired up.
Final Thoughts on PBC’s FS1 Boxing Event
The Peterson brothers return to the ring on the same event and are fighting against tough opponents who were former champions in the ring. Both of the Peterson foes have fought more recently and will test the brothers this weekend.
This FS1 boxing event offers plenty of betting value unlike many of the boxing fights we cover. However, the biggest intrigue for this boxing event is whether or not the Peterson brothers have anything left in the tank.
Both Lamont and Anthony Peterson want to win and get back into the title hunt. However, if they both lose, then their careers will be in desperation territory. For Lamont, the older brother, it could even mean that he retires. In regards to Anthony, who knows how many more fights he has left in him especially at a high level. But, a loss would certainly derail any plans or talk of high profile fights in the near future.
For those betting on boxing, the smart money is on the Peterson brothers to win on Sunday. For those looking for sports entertainment, and not in the form of the WWE, then check out this boxing event on FS1. It will certainly be more entertaining than DAZN’s boxing card of Edwards vs Moreno this weekend.