Lamont Peterson could fight his next bout in Washington, DC
By William Mackay: Amir Khan and his promoter Richard Schaefer have reportedly been ignored by IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in trying to get in contact with him to get badly needed rematch. According to news sources, Peterson is looking to meet with Washington City leaders in DC to see about having his first title defense take place at home in DC. There’s no word who that opponent might be but it appears it won’t be the pushy Khan.
This obviously news that Khan and Schaefer didn’t like hearing, as both of them feel that Peterson won a decision that he didn’t deserve in his recent 12 round split decision win over Khan at the Events Center in Washington, DC. They think the referee needlessly took two points away from Khan for shoving Peterson in the fight, and they’re looking to have the fight result overturned or an immediate rematch ordered.
Schaefer said to IOL Sport “Lamont Peterson is going to have to go to his team and tell them to do the right thing.”
Schaefer sounds kind of pushy, doesn’t he? I think they would be better off backing away and letting Peterson come to them rather than pressuring the guy like this. Schaefer and Khan sound too needy, as if this rematch will erase how badly Khan looked against Peterson in their fight. No matter what happens, the image of Khan running, shoving, and twisting Peterson’s head every which way, will stay in the minds of many boxing fans for a long time to come. The only way to make fans forget that image is for Khan to change his fighting style completely by stopping his bad habit of shoving and yanking down on his opponents’ heads.
Khan said “If that was me doing the head thing, I probably would have been disqualified. It’s just bad for boxing the way I was judged. Getting robbed, that’s what hurt more.”
Sounds like someone is having a hard time dealing with his loss and is using excuses to try and make sense of what happened. Khan didn’t get robbed. The fight was close, he fouled continuously, the referee warned him over and over again, Khan chose to ignore the warnings and he eventually lost two points for that. It wasn’t Peterson or the judges’ fault that Khan couldn’t follow the referee’s instructions when he told him to stop pushing. The fight would have been different had Khan stopped pushing like the referee told him to do. Khan got away with a bogus knockdown in the 1st round when he shoved Peterson to the canvas. Khan was coming out ahead in the fight when he messed things up by electing to foul over and over.