Sunday, September 18, 2011

Khan vs Peterson Fight is Confirmed in December 10, 2011

Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer has confirmed to ESPN that Amir Khan will officially fight Lamont Peterson on December 10.

The respective Khan and Peterson camps have long been attempting to find an agreement suitable to all parties, and after much negotiating Schaefer revealed the bout is set. Khan, the WBA and IBF light-welterweight world champion, will take on Peterson, who has only been beaten once in 31 fights.

Three possible destinations have been named for the showdown, with Washington, Detroit or Montreal all on the cards. Schaefer's preference, though, is to have Khan go to Peterson's home town of Washington.

Confirming the deal, Schaefer told ESPN: "I've been talking to [Peterson's manager] Barry [Hunter] for the last couple of weeks and we were going back and forth between what they wanted and what the Khans wanted, trying to bridge the gap and agree on a number.

"And we were finally able to do that, so as a result we have informed the IBF and called off the purse bid."

Peterson represents a significant test for Khan, having previously drawn with Victor Ortiz, who fights Floyd Mayweather Jnr on Saturday night. The American described the Khan deal as a "dream come true".

The only man to have beaten Peterson is Timothy Bradley, who was Khan's first-choice opponent. However, Bradley has been accused of ducking a fight with the Brit, and Schaefer insists courage is something Peterson has in abundance.

"Lamont Peterson is a very skilled fighter with a different skill set than fighters like [Marcos] Maidana or [Zab] Judah," Schaefer said. "It's going to be interesting. Lamont was dropped a couple of times in the fight with Ortiz, but showed the heart, the smarts and the skills to have the fight end up in a draw."

Source: Khan v Peterson confirmed for December

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