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Lem’s latest: Khan on Peterson, Arum picks winner, Macklin eyes Martinez

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — RING No. 1-rated junior welterweight and WBA/IBF beltholder Amir Khan is aware that Saturday night’s challenger, RING No. 6-rated challenger Lamont Peterson, is no pushover. 

Khan (26-1, 18 knockouts) will be after his ninth straight win while Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) will look to improve his 2-0-1 streak since losing to Tim Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) in December of 2009.

“Lamont Peterson, I’ve not really seen much of his tapes. I’ve only seen maybe one or two rounds of the fight against Bradley, and I’ve seen two rounds of the fight against Victor Ortiz. I [haven't seen] anything else. Freddie Roach, my trainer, does all of the watching. I don’t really want to watch them,” said Khan.

“But I’m facing the best Lamont Peterson, and he’s going to be strong, he’s going to be quick, he’s going to be slick and he’s going to be a come-forward fighter. He’s going to be a good boxer and I’m going to be ready for whatever he brings to the table.”

Khan, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Thursday, is facing the 27-year-old Peterson in Washington, D.C. where Peterson grew up. It will be his fourth appearance on American soil.

Khan debuted in America with an 11th-round knockout of Paulie Malignaggi in May of last year at New York’s Madison Square Garden, then returned in December of last year for a unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

Khan had his third fight in the United States in July, dethroning Zab Judah as IBF titleholder by fifth-round stoppage at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, where Judah, a former New Yorker, now lives.

“I think that Lamont ranks at the same level of the Maidana’s and the Bradley’s and Zab Judah and those guys. He’s strong and he’s very experienced, and a lot of people don’t want to fight him because they’re afraid of getting beat by him. He’s not really had that big chance, but we’re giving him that big chance,” said Khan.

“If he can go and beat me, then that’s going to be great for him. But we’ve trained very hard for this fight, and I knew that it was going to be a tough tastk. I like to bring the best fights to the fans, and this is one of the biggest fights.”

KHAN THE ROAD WARRIOR

In vanquishing Malignaggi and Judah in New York and Las Vegas, respectively, Khan has gained some experience beating fighters in their own back yards.

“Amir is a road warrior. I take him to Russia for training camps, I’ve taken him to the Ukraine. Amir wants to be where I am, and so forth, so we travel quite a bit,” said Roach.

“We had most of this camp right in Los Angeles, but we had a couple of them in Las Vegas of course, and it worked out for us. He’s a road warrior, and the ring’s 20-by-20 in the United Kingdom, it’s 20-by-20 in New York, it’s 20-by-20 in Las Vegas, and it’s 20-by-20 here.”

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