Boxing has been on quite the roll lately with a number of high profile fights. Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson hope to live up to the lofty expectations that have been set for them in their Capital Showdown Duel in Washington D.C.
Khan has had quite the year with two impressive victories, and adding the IBF light welterweight championship to his collection.
Peterson will have the home-field advantage, but he knows that he will have to have his best performance in order to win this fight.
Where: Convention Center In Washington D.C.
When: Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9:45 p.m. EDT
Super Lightweight Championship: Amir Khan (c) vs. Lamont Peterson
Heavyweight Bout: Seth Mitchell vs. Timur Ibragimov
Lightweight Bout: Anthony Peterson vs. Daniel Attah
Welterweight Bout: Dusty Harrison vs. Terrell Davis
Lightweight Bout: Terron Grant vs. Dashawn Autry
Amir Khan's Keys To Victory
Khan is lightning quick and packs a lot of power in his punches. He has to dictate the tempo of this fight early to take Peterson out of his game early and force him back on his heels. He hasn't really been tested since his first and only loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008.
Lamont Peterson's Keys To Victory
Peterson is the more technically sound fighter. He doesn't possess Khan's speed, but he can be more efficient with his striking because he understands when to attack and when to sit back on defense. He will have to take some chances late in the fight, but if he doesn't try to match Khan punch for punch he should be fine.
What They Are Saying
In an interview with Graham Shaw of Sky Sports, Peterson likened this fight to the most recent one between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
"The thing is he throws a lot of punches and he throws them in bunches, but his punches seem fast and they are fast, but I'm just as fast. Timing beats speed all day. So, it's nothing to worry about his speed."
"To me, the perfect example is when Pacquiao fought Marquez recently. Marquez was really, really, really slow. But for some reason, he was landing his shots that he wanted to land and that just goes to show you that timing is everything. Sometimes you can go too fast and miss your mark a lot and sometimes you just need to slow it down and place your shot. That's the best way."
Undercard Fight To Watch: Seth Mitchell vs. Timur Ibragimov
While the heavyweight division is a shell of its once great self, fans still love seeing two big boxers get in the ring and duke it out with each other, because they know that the odds are good at some point they will see a knockout.
Mitchell has had great success in his young career, compiling a 23-0-1 record with 17 knockouts. He is a heavy hitter and has finished seven of his last eight opponents in three rounds or less.
Ibragimov is fighting for the first time in a year when he lost a close decision to Jean Marc Mormeck. He is not as powerful as Mitchell, but he has faced a higher level of competition throughout his career and will likely be better prepared to last if this fight goes into the later rounds.
Main Event Prediction: Amir Khan by Unanimous Decision
Despite Peterson saying that he sees parallels between this fight and Pacquiao-Marquez III, I don't see him as the one to defeat Khan. He doesn't have the speed and quickness to keep up with Khan over the course of a 12-round fight.
I do see this one going to the judges, but Khan will do significantly more damage and win easily.