Khan vs. Peterson: Amir Khan Needs to Face Mayweather After Beating Peterson

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05:  Unified Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Amir Khan sits for a photo in front of the White House on December 5, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Tonight's main event showdown between Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO's) and Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO's) features one of the rising stars in the ring.

25-year-old Amir Khan is one of the few fighters in the boxing world who is really worth watching.

Besides seeing Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring, Khan is the next best thing to see.

The proof is in the pudding.

Five-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach, who is also the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, is also in Khan's corner.

It has led to domination by Khan in the Light-Welterweight division. He is currently the WBA Super and IBF Light-Welterweight Champion.

Both titles will be on the line in tonight's fight against Peterson.

Khan is a heavy favorite heading into the fight. It should be a decisive victory for the champion.

He has some of the fastest hands in boxing, mixed with an incredible amateur background. He has everything from elite footwork to blocking.

It has made him a force in the division. Nobody can come close.

At this point, it's not much of a question when considering the fight. Almost everybody expects Khan to walk away victorious.

The real question is about what we can expect after the fight.

Much of the speculation is that this will be Khan's final fight as a Light-Welterweight. He will likely move up to 147 pounds and take on Welterweight opponents next.

Chances are Khan will start out his time in the division with lesser opponents, but hopefully he wastes little time to take on an elite challenger.

I'm talking about Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Khan is one of the up-and-coming fighters in the world. Mayweather is just about on his way out of the ring.

If we don't get a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, then we at least need to see Khan step in the ring with Money May.

There are some out there who honestly believe that Khan could pull off the upset against Mayweather. He has all the physical tools.

Right now, Khan has his mind on Peterson.

After tonight, hopefully we can start talks about when he will face off against the best in the business.