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Schaefer: Peterson The Frontrunner To Face Amir Khan

By Lem Satterfield

According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Lamont Peterson is still the frontrunner to face WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan on April 16 in England. Schaefer, who promotes Khan (24-1, 17 KOs), is currently negotiating the terms with Barry Hunter, trainer and manager of Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs).

"Well you know, Peterson is certainly the frontrunner. But we just have to see if the monetary terms are going to be such that the Khans are going to go for it. You know, Amir is willing to give Lamont the opportunity, and I am happy that he could get the opportunity," said Schaefer.

At this point, the two sides are going back and forth with the numbers. If Khan and his team approve the final purse figure provided by Hunter, then the fight will likely happen. Hunter believes the two sides are going to reach an agreement.

"I'm happy if I can deliver that to him, but, you know, the question is going to be the financial terms and that's certainly not going to be up to me. It's going to be up to Khan. So we are basically waiting to see if it can be done," said Schaefer. "I have to get a number [from Barry Hunter] to see what that is and then I need to take it to the Khans. I have to take it to Amir Khan, because it's up to him."

Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 01-07-2011

[QUOTE=Iceta Lives;9923745]Peterson is gonna be way overmatched no question about it. He doesn't have the power to hurt Khan.[/QUOTE] He hurt Ortiz..

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 01-07-2011

[QUOTE=thephantom5;9921333]Ortiz couldn't KO Peterson. I can't see Khan doing it. Khan wins a UD.[/QUOTE] TBH I could see either guy getting stop in this fight(with Peterson being the more likely guy to suffer a KO)Peterson has decent speed on his…

Comment by Iceta Lives on 01-07-2011

Peterson is gonna be way overmatched no question about it. He doesn't have the power to hurt Khan.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 01-07-2011

[QUOTE=Kobayashi;9923368]Virtor Ortiz - Khan would be a better fight.[/QUOTE] How ya figure when Peterson out boxed Ortiz??I think this is a good stay busy fight for Khan,and it's a dangerous fight at that Peterson is no walk in the park..

Comment by Kobayashi on 01-07-2011

Virtor Ortiz - Khan would be a better fight.

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