Peterson: Tim Bradley is better than Amir Khan
By Scott Gilfoid: Now having fought both Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan, IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson can now make an educated judgment of who the better fighter is between them and he not so surprisingly is picking Bradley as the much better fighter.
This is kind of a no-brainer, though, because Bradley beat Peterson by a decisive 12 round unanimous decision two years ago, and last Saturday night, Peterson defeated Khan.
Peterson told Boxingtalk.com “They [Khan and Bradley] ain’t on the same level. For me, Timothy Bradley will always be a better fighter. If they fought, I would pick Bradley to win.”
Peterson isn’t saying what a lot of boxing fans already know after watching Khan’s embarrassingly amateurish performance last Saturday night in losing by a split decision. Fouling at a rapid clip that’s difficult to count, Khan, using the illegal tactics – pushing off, headlocks and pulling down on the head – fought Peterson to almost even terms in the first half of the fight.
In the second half, Khan seemed to increase his pushing off on Peterson, as Khan was showing signs of wearing down under his constant pressure. After sitting on the sidelines and watching Khan foul over and over again, the referee finally stepped in and took a point away from Khan on his 18th push off of the fight. Did this alter Khan’s use of that tactic? Nope. He continued to push off for all he was worth, shoving Peterson to try and stave off his inside attacks.
As the fight wore down, Khan was in danger of losing the fight going into the 12th. Instead of keeping it clean, Khan seemed to increase the pace of his pushing off and was docked another point for pushing by the referee. This came at Khan’s 50th push off on the night. I wish I could say it was his last one, but it wasn’t. Khan continued to foul Peterson by pushing off until the final bell.