Khan: Peterson should be punished for what he did
By William Mackay: Amir Khan is still unhappy about learning the facts about Lamont Peterson having tested positive for synthetic testosterone recently. Khan wants Peterson to be punished, although that obviously won’t change anything about how Peterson made Khan look so bad last December. They can punish Peterson, but the fact remains he beat Khan and had him looking panicky.
Khan told the BBC Sport “The way he kept coming forward after he was put down twice in the first round, the way he was recovering. I knew this was not the same Lamont Peterson I had been watching in videos. This guy was totally different.”
I suppose that’s why Khan decided to fight Peterson in the first place, because he didn’t look all that great before Khan chose to fight him. But as far as the two times Peterson hit the deck in the Khan fight, neither of them looked anything close to be legit and it’s sad that Khan is calling them knockdowns because they weren’t. Referee Joe Cooper blew the call when he gave Khan credit for knocking Peterson down without hitting him.
Actually, Khan hit Peterson with what appeared to be an elbow as he was off balance by the ropes. In slow motion there no punches thrown, just Khan nudging Peterson to the canvas. The first knockdown that was waived off occurred when Peterson backed into the referee Cooper and his back leg got tangled with Cooper’s leg, causing Peterson to fall over. Naturally, referee Dr. Cooper waived off the knockdown because he felt Peterson trip over his leg. Of course Peterson would get up from both knockdowns and keep fighting hard, because neither of them were actual knockdowns in the physical sense. If Khan wants to call those knockdowns then it’s pretty disappointing because that’s not how you’re supposed knock people down in the sport. If all it took was elbowing and tripping an opponent to get knockdowns, then I suppose boxing would become a blend of wrestling and MMA.
Peterson didn’t look any stronger for this fight than he did for the Victor Ortiz fight. The difference here was that Khan couldn’t fight on the inside at all, and that’s why he struggled so badly. In the Peterson-Ortiz fight, Peterson had problems with Ortiz on the inside because Ortiz knew how to fight in close and was able to use his superior strength and size to get the better of Peterson. However, Peterson still gave Ortiz a lot of problems with his pressure, as he did with Khan, and he was coming back in the second half of that fight. I still thought Ortiz should have won, but the judges saw it differently.