Khan: I would love to fight Peterson again if he’s not taking steroids
By William Mackay: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan has been sounding mixed up recently. On one hand he’s saying that his fight next month will be his last bout at light welterweight, but on the other hand he’s now saying he’d be open to the idea of trying to avenge his recent 12 round decision loss to Lamont Peterson if given the chance.
Khan said to eastsideboxing.com’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio program “I would love to fight Lamont Peterson again if he is off steroids. But if he is still on them he is a threat to my career and my life…If he’s not going to take anything, it was an easy win for us.”
Khan believes that Peterson’s win was because of the steroids that Peterson was taking. However, Peterson was taking a synthetic testosterone under a doctor’s guidance and not using high levels of it or stacking different anabolic steroid drugs to get abnormally high levels of testosterone in his blood stream.
Peterson was only taking it in order to get his naturally low testosterone back up to normal levels, so it’s not as if he it had created a superman out of him. Khan probably doesn’t like to hear this, but he lost the fight because Peterson has the right game plan to beat him. Peterson saw in watching video of Khan that he couldn’t handle pressure, and as it turned out, that’s exactly what happened in the fight.
Peterson put pressure on Khan, and he responded negatively by running around the ring, shoving and looking like he’d lost his senses completely. Khan had the look of a fighter whose mind was no longer actively engaged and had gone to the primitive level of push, grab, and wrestle just to survive.