By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN admits he is more scared of his mum than Lamont Peterson.
The WBA and IBF world light-welterweight champion faces Peterson on his home turf in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
However, Khan, 25, insists mum Falak is the only person who has him quaking in his boots.
She will be waiting anxiously back at the hotel for a post-fight phone call from her son to say he has come through the fight safely.
But, whenever she stays with him or he returns to the family home in Bolton, her concerns for his health don’t extend to any favours when it comes to domestic chores.
Khan said: “I have climbed into the ring with some of the toughest men in the world – but, believe me, they don’t come any tougher than my mum.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have always known that if she asks you to do something around the house, you do it. You don’t argue with her.
“Our family is a very close knit one and we always help each other. Throughout my life, doing chores at home has come natural to me, whenever my mum has asked me to do something.
“I would have to be really brave to disobey her. If she tells me my room is untidy I go straight in there and sort it out right away.
“It’s good for me, too, because it all helps me to keep my feet on the ground. There is no place for any ego, believe me.
“I have always been a level-headed person and that is due to the influence of my mother and my father, who have been so good to me.”
Khan’s father Shah added: “His mum still treats him exactly the same way as she always has.
“There is just no way that he gets any privileged treatment from her, as such, and he is a very level-headed kid.
“He is no different today than when he went to the Olympic Games in Athens. He is still just a normal kid at home, despite all of his fame.
“His mother is the one person he is afraid of. He has such tremendous respect for her and he will not disobey her in any way.
“When we stay in Los Angeles, he puts all of the plates out before we eat and afterwards he clears them away.
“He doesn’t mind, either. I think that’s one of the reasons he is where he is today, because he has that respect for everyone.”
Respect is also something that Khan will be showing his 27-year-old challenger tonight.
He said: “He has only lost once in his 31 professional fights and that says a lot about him.
“It is going to be a tough task for me, against Lamont in front of his home Washington crowd, but I am ready for it.
“It has been one of the best training camps I have ever had and hopefully I can get over this hurdle and win.”
PREDICTION: Peterson will provide very stiff opposition, but I believe the speed of Khan will be too much for the American and I see Amir winning as early as the third round.
THE fight is live on Sky Sports 1 in HD from 11pm tonight.