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Khan Loses on Points
Peterson wins light welterweight titles in home town
Posted Dec 15, 2011 by Chris White
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Amir Khan suffered a shock defeat to Lamont Peterson in their fight for the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in Washington, with Khan controversially deducted two points for pushing his opponent.
The judges went 2-1 in favour of the American, 113-112, 113-112, 111-114, despite Khan knocking Peterson down in the first round of the fight. However, the American rallied back and launched some huge blows at Khan in rounds three and seven, and the deducted points proved to be crucial in the result of the fight.
Khan was left fuming with the result, and unleashed a scathing attack on the decision, saying “It was like I was against two people in there – the referee and Lamont himself. Every time he was coming into me he kept putting his head low. I was the cleaner fighter, he was so wild in there. I had to push him away because his head was coming so low.”
The talk in recent months has been of Khan moving up to fight in the welterweight division. What this particular fight, against a mandatory challenger, shows is that there is still work to be done at light-welterweight level, and he cannot get complacent.
Peterson has already said he is happy to give Khan a rematch, saying “He gave me the chance to fight for a world title, so why not? It was a good fight, I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed it and I don’t mind doing it again.”