Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Peterson vows to defeat Khan more convincingly
Lamont Peterson on his upcoming rematch with Amir Khan: "If it comes down to a knockout, then I'll win by knockout. If it's a decision, then I'll be winning a decision. I just know that I'll control the figtht all the way."
IBF/WBA junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson says that he will be more dominant in his May 19 rematch at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino against Amir Khan, whom he dethroned by split-decision for the belts in December in Peterson's native Washington, D.C.
The victory over Khan (26-2, 18 knockouts) improved Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) to 3-0-1 since falling by unanimous decision to WBO counterpart Tim Bradley in December of 2009.
Peterson-Khan I will be honored as the IBF's Fight of The Year at the organization's May 29 convention in Honolulu, according to IBF public relations director Jeanette Salazar.
After losing to Bradley, who dropped him in the third round, Peterson earned a 12th-round stoppage of Victor Cayo in July of 2011 after having risen from two third-round knockdowns to salvage a draw with Victor Ortiz in a 10-round bout in December of 2010.
In this Q & A, Peterson, who will be featured in Sports Illustrated in a story to run the week of his bout with Khan, spoke to RingTV.com about his progession toward the crown, the return bout and his relationship with manager and trainer, Barry Hunter, who rescued Peterson and his brother, Anthony, from the the streets of Southeast Washington, D.C.
RingTV.com: What sort of a statement to you hope to make in this fight that sort of validates your progression from the loss to Bradley?
Now, I've got a rematch going on with Khan. I want to get that out of the way for myself. I'm not too much worried about what they were talking about.
It's my ability to think. The bottom line is it's about me getting comfortable in the ring, and each time that I go out, I get more comfortable and I've been performing better.
RingTV.com: Can you discuss the notion of loyalty in relation to yourself and Hunter in this day and age when many top fighters are breaking off or have broken off with their longtime trainers?
It's more than just coaching and fighting, it's more like father-son. So, it's a stronger bond there. So of course, I will trust him with my life. I won't betray him and he won't betray me.
It's just something about Barry's personality. He's loyal and it's in me and my brother's personality to be loyal to him. So it's been a perfect fit.
At the end of the day, I'm just going to get into the ring with him again on May 19 and try to see who is the best fighter. I love fighting and I try to leave it that way.
I try not to let boxing take over or become part of my personal life or let it drive me to do something that I normally wouldn't do or think. I just try to leave boxing as boxing and my life as my life.
So if we're not in the ring boxing, I'm not worry about the way he feels or the way he views the fight. I didn't worry too much about how he felt about coming back to D.C.
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