Khan vs. Peterson: Amir Khan Still Clear Favorite Despite Hopkins' Warning

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08:  Unified Light-Welterweight Champion of the World Amir Khan is presented with a birthday cake during a press conference at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on December 8, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Tonight's bout between Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO's) and Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO's) has gone almost unnoticed by many in the boxing universe.

This is despite the fact that Amir Khan is one of the rising stars in the boxing world and has the potential to face some premiere talent in the coming years.

Tonight, the WBA Super and IBF Light-Welterweight champion will defend his titles against a heavy underdog in Peterson.

Many have already written off the event as a win for Khan, who has proven that he is on his way to becoming an elite boxer in the world.

There is one guy who has spoken out with some concerns about the champion tonight.

United States superstar Bernard Hopkins has been quoted by The Press Association with his beliefs that Khan walks in with a clear disadvantage.

"Like football, like basketball, like hockey, I think when you go into another man's hometown I believe that man gets an extra point before the fight even starts.

"Not officially, of course, it just to me seems more of a custom thing where when you go to a man's hometown, you have to recognize it is exactly that: his hometown."

Hopkins went on to say that he felt that when the first bell rings, Peterson will already be up two points in the eyes of the fans and judges.

This statement is a little flawed, but does hold some weight. There really is an advantage when it comes to fighting at home.

However, it may not be as serious as Hopkins indicates.

It's very possible that Khan will run this entire fight, walking away with a 10-2 or 9-3 win. Even with the so-called home field advantage, he still is the favorite.

Khan is an elite athlete. He has some of the quickest hands in boxing and his amateur background makes him extremely skilled with footwork and defense.

To be blunt, he is the superior fighter this evening.

There are some that think he has the ability to take down Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he moves up a weight class.

Do you really think the location of this fight is going to stop him from walking all over Peterson?

I doubt it.