It wasn't expected to be a competitive fight, and it wasn't. Lamont Peterson handily retained his IBF junior welterweight title tonight on Showtime, stopping Edgar Santana in the 10th round when Santana's corner had finally seen enough of him standing and getting punched.
The fight was total one-way action. BLH had it 90-81 for Peterson at the time of stoppage, and he was well on his way to an easy shutout. Santana (29-5, 20 KO) offered little resistance for Peterson (33-2-1, 16 KO), who improves to 2-0 on the year after a January win over Dierry Jean, also aired on Showtime.
Peterson's body work was the particular difference-maker in this fight, as he devastated the challenger all night with left hooks to the midsection. Overall, Peterson was able to do as he pleased, with Santana resembling a punching bag more than an opponent for much of the fight.
Peterson landed 219 of 412 (53%) of his power shots, and 62 of 170 (36%) of his jabs. In comparison, Santana landed a meager 79 of 799 power shots (29%) and 15 of 129 (12%) jabs.
Peterson told Showtime's Jim Gray after the fight that he "hopes" he'll fight Danny Garcia next, if Garcia beats Rod Salka next in Brooklyn.