Khan says he didn’t go for a KO in the 1st round against Peterson because he wanted to impress the crowd
By William Mackay: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan believes he had Lamont Peterson hurt in the 1st round last December in Khan’s 12 round decision loss in Washington, DC. Khan said he didn’t go for a knockout in the round because he wanted to impress the Washington crowd. Khan got credit for a knockdown where he hit an off balance Peterson with his left elbow to the arm area that nudged Peterson to the canvas.
The referee missed the call and ruled it a knockdown. On the knockdown that was waived off by the referee, Peterson clearly was seen tripping over the referee’s leg while backing up. Khan still believes he should have gotten credit for that “knockdown.”
Speaking with esquire.co.uk, Khan had this to say about his loss to Peterson from last December: “I would have tried to go for the knockout early because I hurt him in the first round with two knockdowns. But I wanted to get a couple of rounds under the belt and put on a performance for the crowd. Forget the crowd now, it’s a job and I want to clean him up.”
Interesting. So Khan believes both of the bogus knockdowns should have been legit and felt that it meant that Peterson was hurt. I’ve seen the fight many times and Peterson never looked hurt in the 1st round, and those two knockdowns were both bogus. How can you get credit for a knockdown when Peterson is seen clearly tripping over referee Joe Cooper’s leg? I don’t understand how Khan persists in thinking it was a legitimate knockdown. The knockdown that was counted there wasn’t even a punch thrown by Khan. The referee completely blew it, and you would think that Khan has seen replays of both knockdowns many times by now. Why does he still think they both are good knockdowns?