Amir Khan praises Peterson’s heart, but warns Lamont he will win back his belts

16 Mar

Tommy Barber – London

British super lightweight, Amir ‘King’ Khan, once ruled over the world as the WBA/IBF unified champion at 140lbs but lost his belts on a narrow points call to mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson last year. Now, in the immediate rematch set for May 19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the 25-year-old is determined to produce a majestic performance in order to reclaim the world titles.

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Khan wants to leave the ring as King. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“I’m delighted that I have finally been given the chance to avenge the result of my last fight,” said Khan, who was twice deducted a point during his majority decision defeat to Peterson (30-1-1, 15ko) in Washington.

The Bolton-born boxer, who trains out of the elite Wildcard gym in Hollywood, California, displayed extraordinary speed of both fist and foot during the opening rounds but Lamont, under advisement from head cornerman Barry Hunter, adapted his gameplan by taking the fight to the inside, where Khan (26-2-0, 18ko) was far less effective.

The tactic alteration is, perhaps, an under-rated factor as the main talking point of the December punch-up was the controversy stirred up by Khan’s team and Golden Boy Promotions over the refereeing and ‘Mystery Man’ Mustafa Ameen’s involvement. Khan, though, stated that, whilst “unhappy” with the outcome from their previous duel, he wanted to “take nothing away from how Peterson fought”.

He continued: “[Lamont] showed tremendous heart that night, but now I have the chance to prove once and for all that I’m the very best in the division. I’m going to take care of business inside the ring and this fight is going to be just as exciting as the last one.

“The only difference is going to be in the [result].”

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