Amir Khan won’t have anything to complain about when I beat him a second time – Lamont Peterson

15 Mar

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Lamont Peterson, the unified champion of the WBA/IBF world title belts at super lightweight, has reiterated his desire to box 140lb rival Amir Khan a second time, stressing that: he never said he would not fight the Briton; that his willingness to commit to a rematch was not influenced by the refereeing nor Mustafa Ameen controversy from the first contest and that he was eager to assess all options available to him before agreeing to the May 19 Las Vegas duel.

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Peterson wants repeat, but without the complaints from the December dust-up. Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

“I feel really good about my decision. I went over every option available to me in terms of the fights that were on the table. I weighed each one of them up, looking at the pros and the cons and at the end of the day, this is the one that made the most sense across the board,” said Peterson (30-1-1, 15ko), who was alleged to be one of four prizefighters on the shortlist of opponents to face welterweight ruler Manny Pacquiao in June, but was overlooked in favour of Timothy Bradley.

Peterson’s stock rose sharply in 2011. At the start of the year, he was offered $300,000 to challenge Khan (26-2-0, 18ko) in his native England, yet refused the sum and took on Victor Cayo at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in an official IBF eliminator. In one of the most thrilling fights of the year, Peterson secured a last gasp knockout and became Khan’s mandatory challenger, earning not only a $650,000 shot at the Wildcard Boxing Club-trained athlete (and thus, more than doubling the original offer), but also the opportunity to fight in front of his own fans at the Convention Center in Washington.

The event became mired with controversy during the aftermath, overshadowing what was compelling combat… and a bout in which Peterson had the upper-hand in whenever it was fought on the inside. Khan appealed his majority decision defeat on the grounds that Mustafa Ameen, a IBF official, was seen touching scorecards during the 12 rounder. Khan’s case was also built on the foundations that ring announcer Michael Buffer informed Amir that he had won a tight decision, but that call never came as he was then handed alternative scores.

Peterson, though, was swift to note that: “It has always been up to me what fight to take next. I was not persuaded by any of the controversy or anything else. I just can’t wait to fight. I just want to be clear that I never said I wouldn’t fight him, but I wanted to take a look at everything that was out there before I made a decision. I’m happy with the terms of the fight.

“It’s at a neutral site and, when I beat him this time, he won’t have anything to complain about.”

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