by David P. Greisman
Newly crowned, Lamont Peterson stood before the microphone still basking in victory, not long after he’d been announced the split decision winner over Amir Khan and the new owner of two junior-welterweight title belts.
Peterson spoke to reporters about the fight:
ON THE WIN:
“It’s a great feeling right now. I’m just happy that everyone enjoyed the fight. They’re talking about a rematch already. I’m proud of my performance. I’m proud that D.C. showed up tonight. Y’all really was pushing me on in there when things got rough, and I appreciate that.[of his team] Y’all pushed me through some hard times in the gym. Y’all told me the fight was going to be this way, was going to be rough at times, just keep pushing through, and y’all was right.
“I don’t think the win could’ve come any other way. It’s always going to be rough in there at this level. I’m realizing that. Things’re always rough for me. I never get anything easy, so I’m always prepared for a backyard fight, and that’s what it was, and I was victorious.
“If it’s left up to me, yep, I’ll fight him tomorrow. That’s just me. It doesn’t matter who I fight, when I fight them. I’m always ready to fight, so we’ll see what happens.”
ON GOING TO THE CANVAS TWICE IN THE FIRST ROUND (ONCE WAS RULED A SLIP):
“It was something that we went over at the gym. Plan A was to come out and box and give him a different look, but I’ve got a habit of pulling straight back. And we knew that I couldn’t do that with Khan, ‘cause he’s always coming at you with straight punches. He caught me on the end of a few punches and I went down. I wasn’t hurt or anything, but I did go down. Plan B was to push him back, use my size and my strength to wear him down, and that’s what we did.”
ON WHAT HE THOUGHT OF KHAN BEING PENALIZED FOR PUSHING:
“At that point in the fight, I really don’t know. I wasn’t paying attention to it. I just wanted to go out there and win the fight and throw punches. When they broke the action, actually I was trying to tell him that he was pulling my head down a lot. I thought he was going to take a point for that. But he ended up taking it for pushing. Like I said, I wasn’t really paying attention.”
ON HIS BODY PUNCHING ATTACK:
“The body shots, that’s just me. I’m always going to throw body shots. It’s a 12-round fight. I know that if you continue to go to the body, you’re going to wear your opponent down. I know that Khan is fast on his feet and got really fast hands, so I wanted to wear him down.”
ON KHAN’S POWER:
“It’s like it’s got a little sting to it. He not really heavy-handed or anything like that, because when he hit you and he hit you clean, it kind of sting but you shake it off fast.”
ON DEALING WITH KHAN’S SPEED:
“To me it wasn’t really the hand speed. It was the fact that when I backed straight up I was moving right into his punching lanes. That’s when I made the adjustment not go back anymore and I wanted to go forward to stay away from his shots. I was giving him that distance, and he was catching me, so I changed the game plan and went forward and it worked.”
ON WHETHER HE’D FIGHT KHAN IN A REMATCH IN THE U.K.:
“I wouldn’t mind doing it. The deal have to be right. Everything have to be right. I have no problem with it.”
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