Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Lamont Peterson Discusses a Possible Khan Rematch

By Keith Idec

Lamont Peterson is very interested in fighting Danny Garcia if Peterson can overcome Lucas Matthysse on Saturday night in Atlantic City.

The IBF junior welterweight champion clearly is less interested in another fight against an opponent both he and Garcia have beaten.

“Believe it or not, it’s not really that important,” Peterson told BoxingScene.com regarding a potential rematch against Amir Khan. “Let’s not forget, I’m the one who won the last fight. It’s not like I’m chasing him for a rematch or anything like that. … I won the fight. I showed that I was the better fighter.”

Richard Schaefer, chief executive officer for Golden Boy Promotions, has mentioned matching the Peterson-Matthysse winner against Garcia in a 140-pound championship unification fight Sept. 7.

The 29-year-old Peterson probably wouldn’t consider another fight against Khan unless he loses to Argentina’s Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall (Showtime; 9 p.m. ET). The Washington, D.C., native would have fewer options then and a Khan rematch, especially if it occurred in Khan’s native England, would remain a lucrative alternative for Peterson.

“I don’t feel like I have anything to prove to [Khan], but if the opportunity comes I’ll jump at it,” Peterson said. “There are other fights out there that can be made. But to be honest, I like pleasing the fans and if the fans say that’s the fight they want to see me fight, then I’ll fight him.”

Though Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) won a split decision against Khan 17 months ago in Washington, D.C., the result of their 12-round unification fight was controversial.

Washington-area referee Joseph Cooper deducted two points from Khan that emerged as the difference on two scorecards submitted after the Peterson-Khan fight at the Washington Convention Center. Cooper took a point from Khan for pushing Peterson’s head down in the seventh round and deducted another point from the British fighter for pushing Peterson away from him in the 12th round.

Peterson won by one point, 113-112, on the scorecards of Pennsylvania’s George Hill and North Carolina’s Valerie Dorsett. The third judge, Puerto Rico’s Nelson Vazquez, scored the fight 115-110 for Khan.

A rematch was scheduled for May 19, 2012, in Las Vegas, but it was canceled last May 10 because Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a banned substance.

“After me and him fought the first time, the reason for the rematch was because the fans wanted to see it,” Peterson said. “I had other offers on the table that I probably, personally, would’ve taken before fighting Khan. But the fans wanted to see it again. That’s why I chose to do it again. If they would choose to say they wanted me to fight him again now, I would do it.”

Peterson added that he didn’t consider Khan’s unimpressive performance against Julio Diaz on April 27 as a sign Khan can no longer compete at the highest level. Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) defeated Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KOs) by unanimous decision two weeks ago in Sheffield, England, but Diaz dropped Khan in the fourth round and hurt him again in the 10th and 11th rounds.

“A lot of times, you know, you have older fighters and everyone looks at them as being washed up,” Peterson said, referring to the 33-year-old Diaz. “The thing about it is, I believe, when you get older, you still know how to fight. You still know all the things to do. It’s just your body doesn’t answer the call every time. But every once in a while you can answer the call. I thought it was more Julio fighting good than Khan fighting bad.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lfc19titles on 05-15-2013

khan 100 percent won that fight even with the deductions....the home town reffing and judges robbed him imo plus peterson was cheating with drugs

Comment by Ringlife on 05-15-2013

I had Khan winning the first fight. The ref made about himself in that fight he did an awful job as the third man in the ring. If Peterson loses to Matts I have no problem with Peterson vs Khan…

Comment by yoz on 05-15-2013

PEDerson is getting KTFO.

Comment by miniq on 05-15-2013

Lucas will KO PEDerosn Then Peterson or Alexander will face Khan @ 147 in december.

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 05-15-2013

[QUOTE=Pan-Africanist;13372684]I think Peterson won the fight point deduction or no deduction. He put Khan on his bike plus he landed the cleaner harder shots. [B]Nobody ever brings up the gift knockdown that was scored for Khan in the first.[/B][/QUOTE] Exactly,…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (26)
Top Headlines AIBA, Wu Reach Agreement - Wu To Step Down From His Post Nico Hernandez vs. Jozsef Ajtai Set For December 2 Dillian Whyte Throws Hat In Ring To Fight Bellew, Replace Haye Tyson Fury Ready To Step In For David Haye, Fight Tony Bellew Weekend Review: Zolani Tete's Stock Rises, Frampton Wins Tough David Haye Forced Out of Bellew Rematch With Bicep Injury Warren: Carl Frampton 'Won’t Wait Around' for Leo Santa Cruz Peterson's Long Layoff 'No Concern at All' Before Spence Fight Golovkin: I'm Ready For The Rematch - Is Canelo Ready? Josh Taylor: The Next Step Could Be Anthony Yigit, Euro Title Frampton Admits: Performance Was Mediocre, But Win is a Win Eric Donovan Back on December 2, National Stadium in Dublin Bellew's Coach Expects Haye To Shed Weight, Come in Lighter Macklin Gives His Take on Frampton's Win, Conlan's TKO Loss Golovkin: If There is a Big Fight at 168 - I Would Move Up Dela Torre Vows To Bounce Back After Loss To Nyambayar Evander Holyfield Helps Boxing Take Major Fighter Safety Strides David Price: I Felt Joshua Would Wipe Wilder Out - Not Anymore Shawn Porter: I'm Ready For Keith Thurman as Soon as Possible! Custio Clayton vs. Carlos Molina on Saunders vs. Lemieux Card Jacobs: I Saw in Golovkin's Eyes at The End, He Was a Beaten Man Wilder: Joshua Wants One More Payday Before Fighting Me Amir Khan Under Fire, Old Tweet Comes Back To Haunt Him Guillermo Jones Edges Perea For WBA Belt, Carlos Adames Wins Sergio Martinez Feels Brian Castano Should Stay Away From Lara Oscar Valdez's Manager To Meet With Top Rank, Discuss Big 2018 Constantin Bejenaru vs. Thabiso Mchunu - Undercard Information Tete's 11-Second KO of Gonya Quickest Ever in World Title Fight Kell Brook Backs Conor Benn To 'Carry The Flag' at Welterweight Joseph Parker Budges: I'll Take 35% To Fight Anthony Joshua Max Ornelas Gets Lopsided Win at WinnaVegas Casino Photos: Julian Williams Beats a Very Game Ishe Smith in Las Vegas Carl Frampton: The Team Can Decide My Next Opponent Gilberto Ramirez: I Must Be Better With Ahmed Than in Hart Fight Eleider Alvarez Gives The Latest on Adonis Stevenson Situation Kovalev Explains Why Leaving Jackson Was The Right Move Frank Warren: Frampton At Windsor Park Coming Next Summer Barker: Wilder Will Have Tough Time With Joshua's Skill Set Video: Julian Williams on Ishe Smith Win, Reacts To Trout, More Photos: Anthony Dirrell Edges Denis Douglin in Tough Bout
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement