Peterson To Amir Khan: I'm Waiting For You, You're Next!

By Ryan Burton

Lamont Peterson defeated Victor Cayo via 12th round knockout on the latest edition of ESPN's Friday Night Fights. By winning the fight Peterson becomes the mandatory challenger for Amir Khan's IBF junior welterweight belt.

Khan and Peterson's camps had discussions earlier this year for a potential showdown between the two fighters. Peterson's team wasn't happy with the amount of money being offered for the fight and also didn't believe they would be able to get a fair shake on the scorecards with the fight taking place in England. Khan ended up facing Paul McCloskey instead and defeated him via technical decision.

"We didn't feel we could win a decision over there so we did this eliminator here and now we are his (Khan's) mandatory," Peterson told

After Khan's knockout victory over Zab Judah last Saturday, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer announced that Khan's next fight will be in December and will take place in the United States. That was music to Peterson's ears.

"Amir Khan, I am waiting for you!  You and me in December. I took care of Cayo.  Now you are next," said Peterson.

Schaefer had revealed at Khan's post fight press conference that Erik Morales, the winner of Robert Guerrero and Marcos Maidana and the Peterson-Cayo winner were all candidates to face the WBA/IBF junior welterweight champ.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Froghead99 on 07-31-2011

He turned down 350,000 to face Khan. Everyone has taxes and expenses, that has nothing to do with the argument. Peterson is basically a no name, Khan doesn't have much to gain from facing him. If Khan is only going…

Comment by uoykcuf on 07-31-2011

[QUOTE=mani1;10925048]Well I read some were he got paid 25k for the Cayo fight.[/QUOTE] I hope Peterson is investing his money well. Is that 25k after taxes and paying his team? If not he really is making chump change.

Comment by mani1 on 07-31-2011

[QUOTE=LegendOfLink;10925026]Didn't he turn down 300 grand which is nothing since his team gets a part of that plus taxes? So really he'd only be making like 100 grand probably if that.. Makes sense for peterson to turn it down if…

Comment by uoykcuf on 07-31-2011

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;10924011]Petersen already turned down a career high purse to face Khan[/QUOTE] Didn't he turn down 300 grand which is nothing since his team gets a part of that plus taxes? So really he'd only be making like 100…

Comment by Froghead99 on 07-31-2011

Yea Khan would kick Petersons ass with relative ease. Peterson is a very good, very solid boxer, but he is just another Kotelnik type boxer. And we saw how easily Khan handled Kotelnik. And I think Kotelnik is the third…

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