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 Last update:  11/22/2011       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Peterson: If Khan is Hurt, Im Definitely Going For The Kill
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by David P. Greisman

The offer wasnt right.

Lamont Peterson had turned down a chance to face Amir Khan for a junior-welterweight world title, unhappy with the money that was being offered him.

That move has worked out for him. Now he is facing Khan for what he says are the terms he wanted. And he is also facing Khan on Dec. 10 in Petersons hometown of Washington, D.C.

In this interview with, the 27-year-old with a record of 29-1-1 (15 knockouts) talks about fighting in D.C., says what he sees in Amir Khan, and looks toward what the future brings should he score the big victory in a few weeks. How does it feel to be fighting in your hometown?

Peterson: Its a big deal to me, winning the world title in front of my friends and family, just giving everybody the chance to motivate me to a championship, to support me to the championship. And when its all said and done, and I do win the championship, we can all celebrate together. Youve only fought in D.C. twice before. Do you wish youd been promoted at home more?

Peterson: Yeah. But fighting in Vegas and other places like that, and Memphis, it wasnt bad. You gain fans all over the country, fighting around. But I do wish I would have fought more at home, at least once maybe every year, to feel the support. You had a chance to fight Amir Khan before, but youd said the terms werent good enough for you.

Peterson: Thats exactly what happened. We were not happy with the contract. We had another option to go. We went with the other option. The other option was to take the fight with [Victor] Cayo and force Khan to fight on better terms for us, and thats exactly what happened. Size up Amir Khan for people

Peterson: Hes a good fighter. Fast. Tall. Hes a volume puncher, decent punching power, and he just try to out-hustle you. Thats his whole thing is to out-punch you to win the fight.

Of course thats my job to slow him down and make sure that if thats the way he want to win the fight, I want to make sure thats not something he can do often in the fight. What do you need to do to beat him?

Peterson: Just be smart. Of course, you know, not let him out-punch me. I dont want to fight his game. But still just let him know that Im there to fight. Just stay smart and stick to the game plan that weve been going over and over again at the gym. Does this fight go the distance?

Peterson: It could very well go the distance, but if theres a knockout I wouldnt be surprised. I ask because some people believe that Khan has a glass jaw. Do you go into this fight believing that, or do you not want to get caught up in that line of thinking?

Peterson: No, Im not going to get caught up in it. The way I see it is this: He throws a lot of punches, and that means your hands are not at your chin. So hes going to give you a lot of opportunities to knock him out. Because he put his chin on the line so much, theres a good chance he can get caught with power shots and possibly get knocked out.

But Im not out there just looking for it. I just want to stick to my game plan. If I catch him clean, and hes hurt, Im definitely going for the kill. But for the most part, Im okay with it going 12 rounds. Your brother, Anthony, is on the undercard. Is it distracting at all when he is fighting, or is it better for you?

Peterson: During the training, its better for me, because hes going to help push me and Im going to help push him. But when it comes down to fight night, whoever fights last, thats the one that all the weight and emotions and everything falls on.

Because a lot of times youre sitting here in the back, and hes fighting, Im worried about him. I want to know if hes winning, I want to know how hes doing, if hes okay. Im sitting back there and instead of focusing on my fight, Im focusing on his fight.

That night its going to be me. Weve been around this game a long time. Were men now. We understand the game. I dont think therell be any distraction. Im going to just try to relax and focus on what I need to focus on and have faith that hell go in there and take care of his business. Do you take anything from Amir Khans recent fights, be it the struggles he had with Marcos Maidana or the way he beat Zab Judah?

Peterson: Im trying not to take away nothing from his last last two fights with [Paul] McCloskey and Zab. Theyre southpaw fighters, different fighters from me, so I dont think theres too much to learn form that.

But with Maidana, I learned some things from there when Khan fight at his best, when he dont. I know when hes backing up hes not as effective as he is coming forward. Im just trying to look at things like that and figure things out for me. Im learning from that fight more than any other fight. What does a win over Amir Khan do for your career?

Peterson: It takes it to the next level. Ive been on this stage before, first time with Timothy [Bradley] and I lost the fight. Second time [with Victor Ortiz] it as a draw. Each time Im learning more and more. This time I expect to win.

Im not saying that Khan isnt one of those guys thats on the next level, but it just puts me there. Thats where I want to be. Lining up fights to fight the best fighters out there, either at 140 or 147. You want to go to welterweight?

Peterson: I can definitely fight at 147. Sometimes I get up to 160 and higher, so I feel good at 147. I think Ill fight with more energy and actually be stronger at 147. I can easily make 140, too, but it takes more out of me to make 40 than 47. 47 is no problem for me at all. How long until you move up?

Peterson: The sooner, the better but if theres better fights at 140, Ill stay.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at or on Facebook at, or send questions and comments to

Tags: Amir Khan , Khan vs Peterson , Khan-Peterson , Lamont Peterson


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comment by arraamis, on 11-23-2011
[QUOTE=whatismyname]in conclusion, **** you and go accomplish something yourself.[/QUOTE] Is that the very best you can offer as a rebuttal idiot???? WTF!!! if someone insulted my girlfriend, I'd open up some whip ass on them. And you obviously are willing to take it up the poop-shoot fr...

comment by MJ223, on 11-23-2011
WAR Lamont!!!

comment by german411, on 11-23-2011
Should be a good fight. I give Khan the advantage cause of his corner but Amir has hit the canvas before so..... I'll be watching

comment by whatismyname, on 11-23-2011
[QUOTE=arraamis]Listen, I don't know where everyone is getting this "Khan is so great" sh1t from, have any of you followed his fights prior to Prescott? {Tomato Cans} Have any of you inspected his opponents Post-Prescott? Mostly old finished fighters, and all the live fighters he fought, he r...

comment by carlos djackal, on 11-22-2011
Khan will be in the ring with a real Dog this time........that chin better hold up..

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