(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." What is also said is that without a Mentor, Lamount might not be where he is today.