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Peterson: Khan should have been disqualified against me

By William Mackay: IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) is giving former IBF/WBA light welterweight champ Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) a rematch on May 19th to give him a chance to prove that he’s the better fighter. Khan has been complaining continuously since losing by a 12 round decision to Peterson last December in Washington, DC. Peterson pointed out recently that he felt that Khan should have been disqualified in their fight due to all the fouling he was doing all night long.

Khan only lost two points for shoving but Peterson feels he should been given the hook by the referee Joe Cooper for Khan’s fouls.

Peterson told SKy Sports Ringside “I was the one in there actually getting pushed, so I know better than anybody that they should have taken points from him. To me, they should have DQ’ed [Disqualified] him.”

Khan didn’t adapt well to the referee’s warnings for him to stop pushing off on Peterson, and it was almost as if he couldn’t stop pushing because he had no answers for what to do to slow Peterson down. But besides the pushing off, Khan also used a lot of headlocks and pulling down on Peterson’s head when he was trying to fight on the inside. I’ve seen fighters use a lot of clinching to slow down a pressure fighter like Peterson, but I’ve never seen anyone grab a fighter by the head and pull down on it as much as Khan did in that fight. It looked like it must have been wearing on Peterson to be constantly cranked down on to get him in a bent over position over and over and over again the way Khan was doing it. After the fight, Peterson complained of back tightness because of Khan being allowed to grab him by the head and pull down on it. Peterson felt that Khan should have lost points for this move in addition to the pushing off he did.

The rematch could come down to whether or not Khan is allowed to shove, pull down on Peterson’s head and put him in headlocks. If Khan can use these various techniques each time Peterson gets near him, then he’ll likely win unless Peterson can knock him out.In an ideal situation, the referee will do his job and prevent Khan from being able to do this, but I have my doubts. I see Khan being able to shove and as much as he wants and pull down on Peterson’s head as often as he did in the first fight without losing a point.

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