Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson: Khan Will Continue To Build on Young Legacy

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 9, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 09:  Unified Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson stand for photos during the official weigh-in for the Capital Showdown: Khan v Peterson at the Carnegie Library on December 9, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Although tonight's showdown between Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) hasn't garnered much national attention, the fight has the makings to be quite entertaining.

Right now, it's difficult to get anybody excited about the sport of boxing unless the bout involves Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Ideally, we would be talking about a fight between the two.

However, this is one of the best storylines that boxing has to offer at the moment.

I'm not talking necessarily about Khan vs. Peterson, but about Khan in general.

Khan is a rising star in the boxing community. The light welterweight currently holds both the IBF Light-Welterweight Title and the WBA Super World Light-Welterweight Title.

Both belts will be on the line tonight.

A win for Khan tonight will put him in the running for Fighter of the Year.

He has wins over Paul McCloskey and Zab Judah already. The resume shows how weak the competition is for the award this year.

Physically, Khan is one of the finest specimens in the sport.

He is extremely quick, possessing some of the fastest hands in the sport. His footwork and amateur background makes him a constant threat.

It's fascinating how he has top-tier ability defensively as well as offensively.

ESPN ranks Khan as the top fighter at 140 pounds.

He is a clear favorite in tonight's bout.

Peterson would make a huge statement if he could pull off the upset tonight.

There are many who believe that Khan may step up a weight class after the bout to challenge Floyd Mayweather.

That would be a fight to watch.

If there is anybody besides Pacquiao that has the talent to pull off a win against Mayweather, it's Khan.