Khan: At last I get the fight I deserve [Peterson rematch]
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan finally got the rematch he’s been campaigning for day and night since he lost to Lamont Peterson last December. Khan will be facing Peterson, the IBF/WBA light welterweight champion, on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It took a huge offer for Khan to land the fight with Peterson. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Peterson received well over $1 million to take the Khan fight.
Khan is obviously happy about getting the rematch, saying on his twitter account “Big announcement. Khan vs. Peterson, May 19th, Mandalay Bay Hotel, [in Las] Vegas. At last I get what I deserve. Big thanks to Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotion.”
Does Khan deserve a rematch? I don’t think so. I have no problem with him getting one but I wouldn’t say he deserves a rematch, because Khan is obviously thinks he deserves a rematch due to all the trash that he kicked up about the mystery man, the referee taking away two points for his shoving of Peterson, the scorecard issues and the knockdown that was waived off in the 1st.
There was nothing there in all of that to get to what you can say Khan positively deserves a rematch. Khan fouled constantly, ran all night, couldn’t fight on the inside, fouled like mad and deserved to lose the fight. Khan didn’t fight well enough to deserve anything, but due to the deep pockets of his promotional team, Khan will get a rematch against Peterson on May 19th.
I can already predict who will wind up as the referee for the rematch. It’ll either be Joe Cortez or Steve Smoger. Cortez worked the Marcos Maidana vs. Khan fight in December 2010 and broke up a lot of the action on the inside when Maidana was trying to work. Smoger recently commented that he wouldn’t have taken points off from Khan for his shoving.
He didn’t say whether he would warn Khan for the shoving, but if not, then Khan would do really well with Smoger in there. If I’m Peterson, I’d reject both Smoger and Cortez. But just because Peterson says no to a referee doesn’t mean that he’ll be able to keep that referee from working the fight. It’ll be up to the sanctioning bodies whether to yank the referee or not, and I have a feeling they wouldn’t.