Khan: I’ll move up to 147 if Peterson doesn’t take the rematch
By William Mackay: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan has sent another contract for Lamont Peterson to sign for a rematch. However, like the last contract that Khan and his promoters Golden Boy Promotions sent off to Peterson, there’s been zero response to the overtures for a rematch.
Khan has already given Peterson a 48 hour deadline, which has long past but Khan still isn’t giving up on the idea of fighting him. He wants the fight and is hoping that the new offer will be successful in luring Peterson into the rematch. Khan wants the return fight to take place in April at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This would take advantage of the huge Pakistani population in the Los Angeles area, enabling Khan to possibly sell out the 19,000 seat Staples Center.
Khan told Sky Sports News “If they [Peterson and his promoters] don’t want to take the fight then I will just move on. I’ll probably move up a division at 147lbs. There are a few names we’re looking at there. I’m not going to be waiting too long because I want to stay active. I think the world knows we’ve the fight to Lamont Peterson; it’s up to him to take it.”
Khan has been saying the same thing for ages now about not wanting to wait too long and also about moving up in weight. Khan really doesn’t have many options at 147 in terms of interesting fights because everyone is busy right now. There are zero interesting opponents available, and Khan obviously won’t be put in with a puncher or any fighter that has any remote possibility of knocking him out. The three possible opponents that Khan is talking about are probably from this bunch:
• 40-year-old Shane Mosley
• Paulie Malignaggi
• Freddie Hernandez
Those aren’t interesting fights by any means, but those are some of the guys that are available that won’t be a threat to beat Khan. Malignaggi and Mosley fit the requirement of Khan facing someone that is well known by U. S boxing fans. Khan already fought Malignaggi in the past, but with no safe opponents available, Malignaggi could get the call. He fights for Golden Boy Promotions like Khan and needs a big fight due to his hoped for title shot against WBA welterweight champion Vyascheslav Senchenko not going his way due to Golden Boy losing the purse bid to Senchenko’s promoter.