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Lamont Peterson returning to Showtime on August 9

Lamont Peterson is set to return to the ring on August 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Will he be the main event or the co-feature for Shawn Porter vs Kell Brook?

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Lamont Peterson, still holder of the IBF junior welterweight title, will be back in action on August 9, when Showtime has a card set for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The question now is whether or not Peterson will be in the main event, or if he'll defend his title in a co-feature bout to a Shawn Porter vs Kell Brook main event.

Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KO) could be a great opponent for division ruler Danny Garcia, who holds the WBC and WBA titles at 140 pounds, and that might make for a better marketing main event than Porter-Brook in Brooklyn. Stiff Jab says that the current word floating around is that Garcia is lining up a fight with Tito Bracero, which isn't particularly interesting on paper, and would mean Peterson would be facing a lesser opponent as well, unless he rematched Lucas Matthysse, perhaps.

The 30-year-old Peterson last fought in January, beating Dierry Jean on Showtime to take care of his mandatory challenger. That was the D.C. native's first fight since a wipeout loss last year to Matthysse in a non-title catchweight fight, which also aired on Showtime and set up Matthysse's September loss to Garcia.

The current top-ranked IBF contenders to Peterson's title are Cesar Cuenca (1), Matthysse (3), Thomas Dulorme (4), Leonardo Zappavigna (5), and Hank Lundy (6). The No. 2 ranking is vacant, because these things are remarkably convoluted and silly much of the time.

All of those -- except for Zappavigna, an already-exposed brawler -- are at least decent fights, and the Matthysse rematch would have some juice, but the real fight to make that hasn't been seen is probably Garcia-Peterson. Both are with Al Haymon, both are top fighters at the weight, and it's a lot better than Garcia-Bracero and, say, Peterson-Lundy or the like.

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