Fomer titlist Kendall Holt making comeback

Former 140-pound titlist Kendall Holt, left, will campaign as a welterweight upon his return under new promoter Greg Cohen. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Former junior welterweight titlist Kendall Holt, who has not boxed since being knocked out in the eighth round challenging Lamont Peterson for his 140-pound belt in February 2013, is making a comeback at welterweight.

Holt has signed with promoter Greg Cohen, who also recently signed Zab Judah, another former junior welterweight titlist who has been out of the ring in a long layoff.

Holt (28-6, 16 KOs), 34, of Paterson, New Jersey, spent part of his layoff taking college classes, but he still has the itch for boxing.

"I'm excited about having another opportunity to fight and become champion again," Holt said.

He won a junior welterweight world title in a memorable first-round knockout of Ricardo Torres in their 2008 rematch and made one successful defense before losing a competitive unanimous decision to Timothy Bradley Jr. in a unification bout in 2009.

"I'm thrilled to have him aboard," Cohen said. "Kendall has been resting and rejuvenating and now he's 100 percent ready to get back in the mix at 147 pounds. Being from New Jersey, I've always been a big fan of his and I'm very excited to be working with him now. Kendall is always in great fights and still has the speed, reflexes and power to beat anyone in front of him on any given night."

Holt said his plan is to take things slowly this year before looking for a bigger fight in 2016.

"My plan is to shake off the rust a couple of times this year, then shake up the welterweight division next year by challenging the major players," Holt said.