Peterson needs to study the Prescott and Maidana blueprint in how to beat Khan
By William Mackay: If Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO’s) wants to increase his chances of beating IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO’s) on December 10th, he needs to study hard to blueprints that Breidis Prescott and Marcos Maidana used in their fights with Khan in the past.
I fully realize that Maidana lost to Khan last December by a 12 round decision, but Maidana had a lot of success in that fight and likely would have knocked Khan out in the 10th or 11th had the referee Joe Cortez not separated Maidana with constant breaks in the action when Maidana was really pounding a badly hurt Khan against the ropes.
Peterson, 27, has to look at those two fights and observe what Prescott and Maidana were able to do to Khan by pressuring him and loading up on everything. If you compare how Prescott and Maidana fought Khan to how defensive fighters like Zab Judah and Paul McCloskey fought him, it’s like night and day.
Khan fights well if he’s got a timid opponent fighting on their back foot, letting him initiate everything. But Khan is much less effective if you take the fight to him constant by going straight at him at full speed and throw with everything you’ve got.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know him out, Khan feels the power and starts racing around the ring to not get hit. Khan’s legs were like rubber against Maidana from the running by the 10th. Khan had literally been running for nine rounds when Maidana clipped him with a huge right hand that had Khan staggering around like a drunk coming out of a bar.
From then on, Khan’s legs were like rubber and he was like a tall stork just taking shots and not able to widen his stance because of his weak legs. Peterson has to put some major power in his shots and keep Khan running so he’ll wear himself out.
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