La­mont had hair lice and body lice and slept in bus sta­tions!

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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.”

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