Khan vs. Peterson II: Can Amir hit and run for 12 rounds?
By William Mackay: Amir Khan says he’s got a new strategy that he plans on using in his rematch against IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson on May 19th to recapture his two lost titles. Khan has already said he plans on throwing more uppercuts and he’s said he plans on moving more and not pushing. It’s hard to imagine Khan moving anymore than he did last time he fought Peterson and it’s going to be doubly hard for him to run for 12 rounds.
Peterson doubts that Khan will try and fight him in close no matter what new things were taught to Khan in his training camp for the fight. There’s just too much to learn in becoming an inside fighter on the level of Peterson, and you have to possess a mentality and the chin to get away with it.
Khan will obviously be using movement and a lot of it against Peterson. Will Khan be able to use his hit and run style of fighting to effectively win enough rounds to get a 12 round decision? I don’t know because it’ll take a special kind of judges that ignores flat out running like the type Khan will be using to give him credit. The way I see it Khan will have to run even more in the rematch than he did in the first fight if he’s serious about not wanting to foul like he did last time.
Khan’s whole game seemed to be held up precisely by his ability to foul, using strategic shoving, pulling down on the head and headlocks to slow Peterson’s work rate down to where Khan was doing more of the landing. If you’re getting off first and then shoving or holding immediately after, it gives you a big advantage if the referee is asleep at the wheel and letting you foul.
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