Khan sparring Benavidez then Omotoso in preparation for Peterson

2 Nov

Tommy Barber – London

British boxer Amir Khan closes the year with a super lightweight contest against American boxer-puncher Lamont Peterson; a fighter with good footwork and a deceptive power in his right hand. In order to ready his ward for combat, trainer Freddie Roach – owner of the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California – has brought in Jose Benavidez to spar Khan and will also introduce Wale Omotoso.

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Undefeated ko punchers drafted in to spar Khan. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Khan (26-1-0, 18ko) is yet to lose a single round in 2011 having registered shut-out wins over Paul McCloskey by way of technical decision and Zab Judah by knockout.

He returns to American canvas on Saturday, December 10 which will be his third outing in the US as he also boxed at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas (Judah) and Madison Square Garden in New York City (Paul Malignaggi). Against Peterson (29-1-1, 15ko), Khan’s WBA and IBF titles will be on the line in what represents his sixth and first defence of each belt.

Both Benavidez (13-0-0, 12ko) and Omotoso (19-0-0, 17ko) have undefeated records, are between 5’10 and 5’11 and the former even has a 74′ wingspan… their physical assets therefore mirror Peterson, who stands at a shade over 5’9 with a 73′ reach. However, whilst Benavidez’s measurements match-up to Washington-based Lamont, it is Omotoso who can also mimic Peterson’s style.

Roach explained to The Ring recently: “Amir Khan sparred for the first time with Jose Benavidez [in late October], and he’s tall and he’s got a style similar to his opponent, Lamont Peterson. But Benavidez is not exactly like his opponent.”

He continued: “We also have Wale Omotoso, who is getting ready to start sparring with Amir.”

Omotoso is unbeaten as a pro and tasted defeat just once as an amateur. The Australia-based Nigerian has amassed a run of ten straight stoppage wins and is due to return to the ring on November 19 at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.

Campaigning under the Top Rank Boxing promotional banner and a familiar presence at Wildcard, Omotoso has also sparred with WBC middleweight world champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

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2 Responses to “Khan sparring Benavidez then Omotoso in preparation for Peterson”


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