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Khan: 'Peterson Is Afraid'

By Clive Bernath: Nearly a month or so after losing both his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Lamont Peterson in the American’s home city of Washington DC Amir Khan is still doing everything he can to secure a rematch.

Not only has Khan and his promoter Golden Boy made an official complaint to both the WBA and IBF after the 12 round controversial points loss but the British boxer has now accused Peterson of being ‘Afraid’ to face him again. Khan was docked points for pushing in rounds seven and 12 which ultimately cost him titles via split decision.

Speaking to Ary News Peterson said: "Peterson is afraid, If the rematch happens, I will definitely knock him out to prove to fans that I deserved the win the first time we fought. The whole world knows I won.

"We are praying for the rematch. The judges didn’t give me a fair chance”

Fair enough Khan may well have grounds for argument by having a point taken off in the 12th round but what pretty much everyone has failed to see is that Khan more or less shoved Peterson to the floor when he was accredited a knockdown in the opening round. I’m not sure Peterson would not have still hit the canvas had Khan not helped with a shove. That we will never know but the knockdown could be argued against.

Personally, I do not think Khan has an argument for a rematch. By all means have one to settle score because the fight was close but not because it is ordered because of controversy . And while we are on the subject of rematches it is fair to point out that Khan was not in any way interested in giving rematches to Breidis Prescott, Marco Maidana or Paul McCloskey when they asked for them.

The fight was close, no question but Khan should just forget about Peterson and move on. There are still some great fights out there at 140 and 147 unlike the heavyweight division I can of at least half dozen great fights that can be made at light-welter and welterweight so whats the problem?

January 2, 2011

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