Khan vs. Peterson: The secret to beating Amir is pressure
By William Mackay: Number #1 ranked IBF light welterweight contender Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO’s) may not be a big puncher but it doesn’t take a big puncher to put IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan on weak legs.
All it takes is a a decent punch and Khan will be like Bambi on ice on December 10th at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. Khan and his handlers at Golden Boy Promotions have obliviously picked out Peterson thinking he’s got no power and isn’t a threat, but Peterson is going to prove them wrong by taking Khan out.
Peterson has got to take a long look at the Khan vs. Breidis Prescott and Khan vs. Marcos Maidana fights because in both cases, hard punchers went right after Khan from the opening bell and didn’t allow him to run around all night long. Prescott went at Khan in a straight line and by the time Khan realized that he needed to back off, it was too late, he was on the canvas flat on his back.
In the Maidana fight, Khan tried to mix it up with Maidana in the first round, but after knocking Maidana down, Khan was off to the races when Maidana got up and started putting hands on Khan.
All it took for Maidana to make Khan run was a few well placed right hands. Boxing fans wonder why Khan didn’t try to finish Maidana off or throw additional body shots in the fight, it was because Maidana gave Khan a taste of his power and Khan didn’t want to experience the pain from his shots anymore after that.
This is what will happen with Peterson. He’s got to pressure Khan and keep him on the run. A running Khan is a weak Khan, and he’ll do even though he would be better off standing and fighting.