Former Super-Lightweight World Champion Lamont Peterson is confident of beating David Avanesyan on February 18th, to propel himself to the top of the Welterweight division.

The American challenges WBA ‘Regular’ Champion Avanesyan on the Adrien Broner v Adrian Granados undercard next month, returning to the ring after a 15-month layoff.

“I’m extremely excited about getting back in the ring,” he told PBC. “I’ve been working hard in the gym, and I’m ready to give my fans the kind of show they deserve.”

“I know [Avanesyan] is coming in with a lot of confidence from that belt, but I believe I’m the better fighter and I’ll prove it on February 18.”

In April 2015 Peterson gave Danny Garcia a real test, dropping a tight majority decision. Garcia now faces Keith Thurman in a huge Welterweight unification, and Peterson could be eyeing a rematch should he get past Avanesyan.

Avanesyan, who trains in England, is excited about appearing on a big card. The 29-year-old out-pointed Shane Mosley last May, and only has one defeat in his professional career, which came in just his second bout against Andrey Klimov.

“This fight gives me a great opportunity to let the U.S. know what I’m about and put me in a position to fight the top fighters in the division,” he said. “This will be a difficult defence, but I am ready to show everyone how good I am.

“It is a great pleasure for me to be defending my World Title in the U.S. against a very good opponent in Lamont Peterson. I am the Champion, and come February 18th, I will remain Champion.”