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Amir Khan scores a knockdown against Lamont Peterson
In Peterson's three biggest fights, he's been down at least once in each. Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO) and Khan managed to knock Peterson down once, and Ortiz knocked Peterson down twice in one round.
All it takes is one punch to change a fight. If Peterson doesn't address his susceptibility to early knockdowns, he could find himself down, out and unable to get up.
Khan may not have Ortiz's punching power, but he's strong enough for his handspeed to do the rest.
If Khan's Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach can give him the right game plan, this highly anticipated match could go the way of Paul Williams vs. Sergio Martinez II rather than the long battle fans expect.
That's not to say Peterson will be knocked out cold.
Fighters are stopped early by referees all the time for displaying "wobbliness" when getting up from a knockdown or allowing a fighter to flurry them against the ropes or corner for just a second too long.
Gone are the days of Fighter A beating the living hell of Fighter B in the corner only for Fighter B to come out of a prolonged beatdown swinging for dear life. If Fighter B gets caught too much, he gets stopped.
Peterson has a tendency to just hold his guard up and wait for opportunities sometimes. If Peterson leaves his guard down for the wrong second, Khan could catch him and flurry to a controversial stoppage.