LAS VEGAS — Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told RingTV.com that WBA and IBF junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan of England could make the first defense of his IBF belt against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson, of Washington, D.C., in an HBO-televised bout from Peterson’s home town — possibly at Constitution Hall — on Dec. 10.
In addition, Schaefer said that either heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Brandywine, Md., or southpaw featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) of Capitol Heights, Md., could land in the televised opener if the clash does take place in Washington, D.C.
“The front runner is Washington, D.C., and possibly Detroit, and there is a strong interested in Montreal as well at the Bell Centre,” said Schaefer.
“So we’ll see if we can’t do Khan and Peterson there, and see if we can get Seth Mitchell on the undercard, or, perhaps Gary Russell. But it’s either going to be Seth or Gary, because they do not have space for a triple-header.”
The 24-year-old Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) has won eight consecutive fights, four of them by knockout. The 27-year-old Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) won an IBF eliminator with a 12th-round stoppage of Victor Cayo (26-2, 18 KOs) in July, earning the organization’s No. 1 contender status and the right to challenge Khan.
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