By Edward Chaykovsky
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard spoke with Sky Sports about the upcoming rematch between junior welterweights Amir Khan (26-2, 18KOs) and Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15KOs).
Last December, Peterson scored one of the biggest upsets of 2011 with a twelve round split decision over Khan to capture the IBF/WBA titles. The rematch is set for May 19th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
In order to win, Leonard says Khan would have to be more aggressive and more active in the fight - but he also expects a much tougher Peterson in the rematch.
"I thought it was a fight that could have gone either way. First off, it was a fight where everyone thought Khan would win easily, I did too. But the fight became closer than we expected. [Khan] needs to be more aggressive and more active," Leonard said.
"Khan is so talented. I was so impressed with his artillery. He has the whole package. First of all he can fight, he's a good looking kid. He has it all, but has to put it to use. Peterson will be tougher now because he's gained a little more confidence. I think it will be a better fight, a more action packed fight."