Lem Satterfield

Khan or Peterson? The experts decide


Ryan Maquiñana, BoxingScene/Comcast SportsNet

Amir Khan UD 12 Lamont Peterson: Lamont Peterson will have the adrenaline of a hometown crowd to hopefully inspire him into giving the performance of his life–one that entails getting on the inside and exerting relentless pressure.

However, maintaining that pace over 12 rounds will be a tall order against a strong boxer-puncher like Amir Khan, who, in addition to his jab, has the footspeed and handspeed to get out of trouble. Khan by unanimous decision.

David Mayo, Grand Rapids Press

Amir Khan TKO 6 Lamont Peterson: I actually give Lamont Peterson a decent chance if he can stand up to Amir Khan’s pressure. But sometimes, a hometown crowd can be a detriment, particularly for a legitimate underdog.

Peterson can’t match Khan’s power, and he’ll have to stand and fight for his people at some point. That’s when he’s vulnerable against a pretty good finisher.

Ciff Rold, BoxingScene.com

Amir Khan UD 12 Lamont Peterson:  Lamont Peterson will make a good stand on what is home turf, but he’s not a big enough banger.  Amir Khan is quicker, has more pop, and shakes off some tough spots for a points win.

Michael Rosenthal, Editor of THE RING

Amir Khan UD 12 Lamont Peterson: I think Lamont Peterson can give Amir Khan some trouble because of his solid all-around ability.

However, I don’t think he can outbox Khan. Peterson will have to hurt Khan to beat him. That’s possible but unlikely given Peterson’s relative lack of power. The result: Khan by clear unanimous decision.

Tim Smith, New York Daily News

Amir Khan SD 12 Lamont Peterson: Amir Khan by split decision. Lamont Peterson is such a good boxer, I can’t see Khan blasting him out. I think there is something special happening with Khan.

He is gaining more and more confidence as a champion, sort of the way that Andre Ward blossomed. I think it will be a close fight between two skilled boxers, but I see Khan just edging Peterson in a split decision.

Ryan Songalia, RingTV.com

Amir Khan W 12 Lamont Peterson: I don’t want to disparage Lamont Peterson at all, because I feel he is a highly-worthy challenger with an admirable heart and skill set.

That said, Amir Khan is just on another level from anyone else at 140 pounds. Peterson is fast, but Khan is faster. Khan also hits harder, moves better and uses his range better.

I think Khan will win this one by decision. It will be tactical and Peterson will hold his own with his boxing ability, but without the hammer to get Khan’s respect he’ll fall short.


Don Steinberg, Philly.com

Amir Khan UD 12 Lamont Peterson: I’ll take Amir Khan by convincing decision over Lamont Peterson. Here is my one-liner: “It’s going to be a Khan’s Film Festival of highlights!” Get it?

The experts favor visiting Amir Khan, 11-0, to take down Lamont Peterson in his home town of Washington, D.C.


Photo by Delane Rouse, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions

 Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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