Lederman: Khan Won, Referee Took it Away From Him

by David P. Greisman What are your thoughts on the fight?

Lederman: “I think that, really, from the bottom of my heart, I think that Joe Cooper should’ve given him a hard warning, called time out, said, ‘Look, one more time, I’m going to take a point.’ But he didn’t do that. He just called time, said ‘one point.’ And then he did it again. It’s a minor infraction.

“I always get annoyed when a referee becomes the difference in a decision. Had Amir Khan not lost the two points, he would’ve won a unanimous decision, and that’s all there is to it. He won the fight, and then the referee takes it away from him. And I don’t think that’s fair. I don’t think it’s fair at all. Because there’s no question Lamont Peterson also was using his head, butting, and Joe never said anything about that.

“So it was tough. This was Lamont Peterson’s hometown. He fought his heart out, but I thought that Amir Khan out-boxed him. I had Amir Khan winning the fight by one point. It was a tough call. It was a tough loss, because, really, the fight was won by the referee. That’s what it boils down to. The two points were the difference in the fight.” What did you think of Peterson’s performance?

Lederman: “Very good. Listen, Amir Khan was a 12 to 1 favorite. Lamont Peterson battled with him. Every time he stood there and punched and he let his hands go, he did terrific. Rounds three and four, he really hammered Amir Khan, throwing shots like sledgehammers. The problem was he was out-boxed.

“Amir Khan was quicker. Amir Khan landed a lot more punches. Amir Khan, with his legs, really won the fight. He just out-boxed him, and that’s all there is to it. But Lamont Peterson hung in there and gave us a great fight tonight. I gotta tell ya, I give him all the credit in the world. I don’t think he won, but I give him all the credit in the world.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by F l i c k e r on 12-12-2011

How many times did the ref say stop pushing and Khan BLATANTLY continued to push? I mean straight up full arm extension push too. Khan loss the fight because he wasn't comfortable in the phone booth and went against the…

Comment by Phantomas on 12-12-2011

[QUOTE=Ray*;11553922][B]This guy has zero credibility, He just goes for the most HBO likeable boxers these days, Khan fvcking lost that fight simple and am sure when Khan sits down and analyse the fight in the coming weeks he would be…

Comment by Dave Rado on 12-12-2011

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;11554297]Wasn't sure about Peterson because he always came up short in his big fights (Ortiz/Bradley) [/QUOTE] How does drawing against Ortiz equate to coming up short? Everyone thought Ortiz would win easily and it was a draw. A draw would…

Comment by Boxingtech718v2 on 12-12-2011

So I think everybody unanimously agrees Lederman don't know shiet about boxing(Mayweather clan voice)

Comment by daggum on 12-12-2011

so basically what lederman is saying is he wanted the ref to give khan a final final final ultimate last warning.

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