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Written by Rod Crowley: There are very few boxing fans anywhere who would disagree that the Amir Khan v Lamont Peterson fight for world light-welterweight championship was a cracking encounter. There are however, many who would disagree with the outcome which awarded the American Peterson the verdict by majority decision after 12 thunderous rounds and in somewhat controversial circumstances.

It was certainly a decision that will divide opinion with the first salvo being fired by Khan himself who stated at the end of the fight that he thought he was fighting both Peterson and the referee, Joseph Cooper. He may of course have a point but his constant pushing and holding infringements cost him two in rounds seven and 12 and although he had Peterson of the deck in Round One, it was not enough on at least two of the judges’ cards to redress the balance.

It is certainly true that Khan was the better boxer, his dazzlingly speed and accuracy at times had a mesmeric effect on Peterson but the American showed far more determination, spending plenty of time chasing the back-peddling Khan around the ring. It was probably this more than anything else, that swayed the judge’s decision but he also hurt Khan with a number of jaw trembling upper cuts, followed by overhand rights and a host of hefty blows into the solar plexus that forced Khan to continually retreat.

Peterson also had a very vociferous home crowd behind him in Washington DC, which brings into question the match making qualities of Khan’s handlers. The fact that Khan lost in what was a very commendable voluntary defence of his two world crowns was bad enough but to lose them in the home town of his opponent was either a show of extreme boxing arrogance or match-making madness but it was a decision that certainly had a significant influence on the outcome of the fight, whether it was the support, the bias of judges or a combination of both.

It makes one believe that the Khan team underestimated Lamont Peterson, it was obvious to most that Peterson is not only a decent fighter, beaten only once which came at the hands of Timothy Bradley for the WBO Light-Welterweight title exactly three years earlier, a title that Bradley still holds. They also failed to appreciate that Peterson had never been stopped and although not the biggest puncher in the world, he has great timing. However, an even more important fact that Khan’s people forgot to acknowledge is the fact the Peterson is a Washington DC folk hero and he was going to be no pushover on home soil.

Peterson’s success in the Boxing ring is seen as a genuine “rags to riches” story that the folks of DC love to hear about and it is why they have adopted him as one of their heroes. A fight in DC therefore, in hindsight, is one that Khan’s team must be questioned about.

That said, Khan in fact started the bout very well and possibly could have won it in the opening round. He had Peterson down twice, although the first of those was ruled a slip by the referee, there was however no doubt about the other. The dogged Peterson was up quickly and although bamboozled by the speed of Khan’s fists, held on grimly until the bell sounded.

After that, the fight effectively became a brawl, with both men connecting regularly with Peterson able to bring Khan down to his level. Each time he struck Khan on the chin, Khan began to anger the crowd by showboating and taunting. It was as if he was trying to make the point that his renowned “glass jaw” that was so brutally exposed in his first round knock-out defeat by Breidis Prescott three years ago, had somehow metamorphosed into granite. Nonetheless, Khan stayed on his feet throughout the 12 hectic rounds but to little avail come the final bell.

The three judges scored the fight 113-112, 113-112 for Peterson and 114-111 for Khan, a majority decision for the American, made good by the two deducted points. 

Peterson was quick to confirm that he would be delighted to give Khan a re-match next year sometime but whether or not that happens and particularly whether it takes place in Washington DC or not remains to be seen. Team Khan will not be underestimating Peterson again!

Amir Khan is on course to face Floyd Mayweather next year after beating Zab Judah last night, knocking him out in the fifth round with a body shot.

The Bolton fighter dominated the American in all the five rounds to claim Judah’s IBF light-welterweight crown and now Amir Khan will be looking to move upto welterweight division where he could face Floyd Mayweather.

Khan looks likely to have one more fight before stepping upto 147lbs where he could fight against Kell Brook in an all English encouter,  Khan who now has a 26-1 record as a professional also hinted that he would like rematch against Breidis Prescott to revenge his only defeat in the ring.

“Amir will move up to 147 after December,” said Khan’s business manager Asif Vali.

“That is something that he is looking to do in December or early next year.

“And what we’ll be looking to do is maybe have one more fight in the UK. Kell Brook is there at 147 – that’s a fight that interests the British fans.

“After that, the summer, Mayweather is there. Yesterday he (Mayweather) came out and made a statement – he wants to fight Amir in the UK, so I hope he sticks by it.”

Khan is a confident fighter and is willing to face anyone out there.

“I’ll fight anyone and there are some big names out there for me. I’ll take a look at the short list,” he said.

“My aim is to move up the pound-for-pound rankings and to one day be pound-for-pound champion. I want to be the best fighter in the world.

“I’m still a fight or two away from there yet. At 25 I’ll fight at 147 pounds and see where we go from there.
“We just keep on collecting titles, that’s what we want to do. I’m only 24 and there’s a lot of improvement to come.”

Speaking about a possible mouth-watering clash with Mayweather in the future, Kahn said; “The Mayweather fight is something I’m looking at the for the future and it would be huge for me. It would drive me on.

“I’ve got the speed and the skills and with (trainer) Freddie Roach polishing me up a little more, it’s a fight we can win.”

Floyd Mayweather has praised British supporters. He has welcomed those fans over to his gym in Las Vegas who made the trip over to watch Amir Khan fight Zab Judah this weekend. Money Mayweather has invited the fans down to watch him work-out as he prepares to fight Victor Ortiz.

The pound-for-pound fighter is scheduled to fight Ortiz on September 17, his first bout for 16 months.

Mayweather knows only too well the passion British fans show to the sport when he fought Ricky Hatton in 2007.

Mayweather could eventually face Khan should the Bolton fighter overcome Zab Judah on Saturday.

WBA light-welterweight champion Khan meets IBF king Zab Judah in a unification fight before a likely move up to welterweight where he could face Floyd Mayweather.

“I have so much love for my fans in the UK,” said Mayweather.

“Ever since I fought Ricky Hatton in 2008 and then held an open workout in London in 2009, they have shown me nothing but support.

“I wanted to do something for them and I hope they can attend my work-out.”

Khan Not Ready for Floyd Bout

Posted: December 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Amir Khan has insisted that he is not ready to fight Floyd Mayweather just yet. The WBA World Light Welterweight Champion would like one more title defence before facing Floyd and feels he doesn’t have enough experience to face the American.

Khan successfully defended his title against Marcos Maidana with a thrilling point’s victory in Las Vegas last week and has said he wants to unify the division.

Khan told BBC Radio: “It’s a possibility in the future. A lot of people say I want to fight Mayweather next.

“I want to fight Mayweather in 12 months. It gives me time to mature and to get more experience.

“Hopefully around April I want to get one more fight in before I unify the division.”

Khan also stated he would like the fight on home soil. “Before the end of 2011 or even in England at the beginning of 2012,” he added.

“The interest would be huge in England. I want to bring the biggest fights over here. To get Mayweather to fight in England would be a huge success.”