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Khan Confirms Peterson Fight
December date set for Washington showdown
Posted Oct 10, 2011 by Chris White
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Amir Khan will defend his WBA and IBF light welterweight titles against Lamont Peterson in Washington at the DC Convention Centre on 10th December after the two parties reached an agreement on a date and venue after weeks of discussions.
Peterson, the mandatory challenger for the titles has won 29 of his 31 professional fights, losing just one – to Timothy Bradley in 2009, and Khan knows he’s in for a tough fight, especially being in America. Khan has fought in the States on his previous two occasions, against Zab Judah most recently, and this is expected to be his last fight at this level before moving up to welterweight to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.
At the announcement of the Peterson fight, Khan said that he realises “Lamont is a strong contender, but it doesn’t matter. I’m coming in as a champion and I will leave as a champion.
“I always said I wanted to be an active champion and I will prove that I’m a worthy one too.”
Peterson admitted that he has the “utmost respect for Khan for his accomplishments as a champion, but this is something beyond that. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for my entire career, and to win a world title at home is something I’ll remember forever, ruining Amir’s plans to reign over this division.”
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