Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson II set for March of 2012.
Recently dethroned Light Welterweight champ Amir “King” Khan announced via Facebook this morning that a rematch with new title-holder Lamont Peterson is already set for March 31, 2012. The scene is under negotiation, but my gut feeling is Las Vegas because Khan feels he was robbed Saturday night in Peterson’s hometown of Washington, DC.
I was in attendance for the fight, and my personal belief is that although Khan is the more naturally talented fighter, Lamont Peterson brought his A-Game. Khan was deducted two total points in the 12 round bout that went the distance, and those points ultimately gave Peterson the win on the final tally. Khan believes the referee was being biased, but witnessing the fight live, I can tell you Khan was pushing off and holding all fight long. The deductions were legitimate as “King” Khan had trouble warding off the relentless Peterson and his ferocious body attack.
All these allegations of Khan being cheated, in my opinion, are insanely asinine. Anyone who watched the fight saw Khan holding more often than he should have been, as well as pushing off above the shoulders. Take away those mistakes, and the cards give Khan a close win. So the fact remains, Peterson won because of the points deducted, but still fought a great fight. The rematch should prove once and for all who the superior boxer is.
Wherever this fight takes place, I am sure it will be just as great as Part 1, which in my books is already the front-runner for Fight of the Year. Peterson will be looking to prove he can defend his new title and beat Khan without the aid of deducted points, where Khan will be out to prove he took the fight too lightly and didn’t take care of business after a first round knockdown of Peterson.