As reported by Boxing Scene, Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson have come to terms for a May 19th junior welterweight title fight at the Mandalay Bay Arena in Las Vegas. The fight will be a rematch of their memorable December 10th title bout in which Peterson won a highly controversial decision that was hotly protested by Khan and his handlers at Golden Boy Promotions.
I'm really looking forward to this rematch. May is shaping up to be a nice month for boxing and for Golden Boy as they have two big shows now in the month of May, the first being the May 5th Cinco de Mayo bout between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. On paper at least, Khan vs. Peterson should definitely surpass Mayweather vs. Cotto in terms of fan enjoyment.
During their first fight, Khan was deducted two points for pushing, something that is rarely seen in the sport of boxing. It's a ticky-tack foul that referees usually ignore or at least give several hard warnings before taking points. Referee Joe Cooper failed to warn Khan, and the second point withdrawn ended up being the difference in the fight as it was called in the 12th and final round.
Without that last point deduction, Khan would've retained his title with a draw.
However, the fight itself was very exciting as the two traded back and forth and made things very interesting. It was a close fight, but it was a fight that I believe should have gone to Khan, although Peterson did put on a great show. He looked very good and surprised a lot of people.
In the rematch, look for Khan to change up his game plan and refrain from going to the ropes. If Khan shows up and is at his best, he should beat Peterson without a problem. I have a feeling Amir is angry and will be looking for revenge come May 19th. Look for Khan to wipe Peterson out, similar to how Roy Jones knocked out Montell Griffin in one round after he had previously been disqualified against Griffin a few months earlier.
I'm picking Khan to regain his WBA and IBF titles by a knockout in the fifth round, and I wouldn't be surprised if it happened sooner. His motivation will be at an all-time high, but this fight will surely be fun while it lasts.