Lamont had hair lice and body lice and slept in bus stations!
LAMONT PETERSON has already beaten tougher opposition than Amir Khan by escaping drugs gangs in Washington DC.
At the age of EIGHT he was a tramp sleeping on park benches and in bus stations – he didn’t even know how to wash!
On Saturday Peterson will be attempting to clean up Khan in the American capital when he challenges for the Bolton star’s IBF and WBA lightwelterweight titles.
One of 12 kids, little Lamont was working for drug dealers while his junkie dad and some of his brothers were festering in prison.
Peterson, 27, who roamed the streets with younger brother Anthony, a successful lightweight boxer, revealed: “My father went to jail and my mother couldn’t pay the bills.”
“We lived in a station wagon, then a shelter, Greyhound bus stations and then a park bench. It was tough.
“I never missed what I never had. All I can remember is having nothing, trusting nobody and living from night to night.
“People ask me now what I missed. Nothing, that’s the truth. I never had anything to miss.”
Lamont and Anthony’s life improved days before his 11th birthday when they met boxing trainer Barry Hunter, who will be in Peterson’s corner against Khan as he has been for each of his previous 31 fights.
Lamont added: “Barry taught us everything – even personal hygiene.” Likeable Hunter (left) recalls of the two brothers: “They were just coming out of the foster care system and I’d hear about them sleeping in bus depots. They had hair lice, body lice.
“I’d take them to eat once a day at Taco Bell and they’d order so much food. It was the only time they’d be eating and they wanted to take some home to their family too.” Khan should win, but Peterson poses a threat with his only career defeat coming against Timothy Bradley on points.
He has also drawn against Victor Ortiz and Hunter added: “I watched this young man beat the odds his whole life, not just his boxing career.
“I’m just very, very confident because I know what we go through, what we’ve been through and what got us here.”