By Rick Reeno
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley sat down with BoxingScene.com to discuss this past Saturday's match between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson, which took place at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. Before a hometown crowd, Peterson shocked Khan with a close twelve round split decision to capture the WBA and IBF 140-pound titles. The referee, Joe Cooper, took two points away from Khan for pushing, and the point deductions were crucial in the final scores. Two of the judges gave the victory to Peterson, with identical scores of 113-112. The third judge had it for Khan, with a final score of 115-110.
Bradley won a twelve round unanimous decision over Peterson in 2009.
BoxingScene.com: What were your thoughts on the fight?
I thought Khan ran around like a chicken sh*t. How are you going to be the champion and win a championship fight like that? That's what he would be doing if he ever fought me. Lamont sealed the deal and did what he had to do. The rematch, it's going to be the same thing. The same exact thing. I just hope Lamont lets his hands go a little bit more. That's one thing about Khan, he let his hands go, but he has no defense. He has no defense.
BoxingScene.com: You've been in the ring with Lamont. Do you think he's improved since your fight in 2009?
Lamont is just tough. I think he's still the same, but now that he's a champion I think he improves. The fact that he's a champion now, he's going to improve by 20%. I think confidence plays a big role in the fighting. He's on top of the world right now and I think for anyone facing him right now, he's going to be a tough cookie to handle.
I'm happy for Lamont. He's humble and he comes from a humble background. He comes from basically nothing and went right to the top. It's great to have a good guy like that actually win. I'm so happy for him.
BoxingScene.com: Thoughts on Khan fighting Peterson in his hometown of Washington, DC.
I felt that was the stupidest move that his promoter, and him, decided to do. That's arrogance. To go to [Peterson's] hometown, and [Khan] is the champion. You've got to be kidding me. They set themselves up for failure, his promoter and Khan.
BoxingScene.com: Do you think they were possibly looking too far ahead to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th. There was a lot of talk about Khan fighting Mayweather in the weeks leading up to the Peterson defense.
That could be the case, that Khan underestimated Peterson. I knew that was going to be a tough fight. I knew he would give him hell. I said it was a winnable fight for Khan, if he boxes him, but I also said that Peterson was not going to stop coming.
BoxingScene.com: It seemed like Peterson switched up his style in the third round and really started taking the fight to Khan.
Exactly, and Khan couldn't adjust. He can't adjust. Khan only has one gear and that's full speed all the time. He doesn't know how to slow it down. He's full speed all the time. He doesn't know how to slip and slide, bobbing and weaving, he doesn't know how to do all of that. His defense is his feet, running around the ring and getting away. He's an amateur but he's a professional. He's a professional amateur.
BoxingScene.com: What were your thoughts on the point deductions?
I thought the referee did his job. If you look at the fight, all of the times Khan was pushing, using his elbow, holding [Peterson] down, running. You look at my fight when I fought Lamont and you look at Khan's fight, just completely different. He's supposed to be this superior boxer, this great superstar of the [140-pound] division. Give me a break. Khan was using that elbow and pushing off. The referee warned him several times and he continued to do it.
Tags: Timothy Bradley , Amir Khan , Khan vs Peterson , Khan-Peterson , Lamont Peterson