Bradley: Khan’s loss to Peterson will drive our fight into the future
By William Mackay: WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley reportedly was disappointed to see Amir Khan lose to Lamont Peterson last weekend, because this setback for Khan will mean that he will have to redeem himself and work his way back up. Bradley doesn’t want to face Khan right now after his loss because Khan was tainted by the defeat by Peterson, a fighter that Bradley easily beat two years ago in 2009.
Bradley says he wants to fight Khan but not until he works his way back up. He also pointed out that a fight with Khan can’t happen if he’s being offered the short money. Bradley will only take a fight with Khan if it’s a 50-50 deal. Khan and his promoters are going to have to change their minds about the pay they offer Bradley in the future if they are serious about wanting to fight him.
Sooner or later they’re going to need to because Bradley is going to continue to be the best fighter at 140, and Khan’s chances of success at 147 are slim and none. We saw last Saturday that Khan isn’t a big puncher and can’t take pressure well. Peterson isn’t a huge puncher, and Khan is going to have a lot of problems against the better fighters when he moves up in weight.
Khan might do well against the scrubs at welterweight but against the guys that he and the boxing public really care about, Khan is going to be in trouble. You put him in with Mike Jones, Victor Ortiz, Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao, and Khan is going to struggle.
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