Lamont Peterson: From Homeless To World Champion | CNN
Most people don’t go through life without hitting a few bumps along the way. For Lamont Peterson, that’s putting it mildly.
Peterson, 28, is sitting on top of the boxing world right now. In December, he won the light welterweight championship of the world, an achievement that was 18 years in the making.
“I feel blessed just to be here in this spot,” he said. “It could have been many other places I could’ve been.”
Peterson is one of 12 siblings. Growing up in Washington, things were going well until their father went to prison on a drug offense. They lost their home, and shortly thereafter their mother abandoned them, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. Lamont was 10 years old at the time.
Some of the siblings latched on with friends. But Lamont and his younger brother, Anthony, were on their own. At times they had no place to stay and were forced to sleep on park benches, in abandoned cars and at a local Greyhound bus station. Sometimes they just walked the streets, waiting for the sun to come up.
“You’d play with your friends and you’d have fun all day, and then you knew at the end of the day, once it got to a certain time, your friends were going to go home. They’d be in their beds, warm, and you knew that you wasn’t,” said Peterson.
And Lamont had to look after Anthony, who was two years his junior. That situation became even more stressful when other city kids challenged them.