WASHINGTON, D.C. — Long after they had waged Saturday night’s glorious battle in front of 8,647 fans at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., resulting in Lamont Peterson rising from a first-round knockdown to out-point WBA/IBF 140-pound beltholder Amir Khan by split-decision, the two warriors were being treated, side-by-side, for their bumps and bruises at nearby George Washington Hospital.
“I just came from the hospital. It was almost like at the end of the Rocky movie, where Lamont was in there and Amir Khan was in there and they were both just sitting there,” said Lamont’s younger brother, lightweight standout Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 knockouts), who scored a decision over Daniel Attah the Khan-Peterson undercard.
“Amir Khan was beat up, and Lamont was beat up. Amir Khan’s hands were swollen from hitting that brick wall defense that Lamont had. They embraced each other and took pictures together and said, ‘hopefully, we can do it again, down the stretch.’ It was a beautiful view and a thing of great sportsmanship. They weren’t saying this and that or talking any trash.”
KHAN’S MANAGER WANTS ‘A REMATCH, STRAIGHT AWAY’
Khan’s manager, Asif Vali, said Peterson’s manager and trainer, Barry Hunter, has guaranteed Khan a rematch.
“Lamont Peterson was Amir’s mandatory, but Barry Hunter has offered us a rematch, straight away. So Hunter’s given me his word, and I trust him,” said Vali. “He said that they would give us a rematch anytime, anyplace and anywhere. I’m sure that we’ll be at the table talking very, very soon.”
Khan wants the rematch in his native England.
“I came to his home. So let’s see if he’s got the same balls as me. You take a shower, you get wet. You get into a fight, you get hit. That’s boxing for you. I can accept that. But tonight, the ref was never on my side. I kept telling the ref, ‘come on, do something about that,’” said Khan.
“But when I held Lamont down, it was because he was coming with the head and headbutting me. I can come back stronger. That’s why I want a rematch straight away, just to prove that. Or let’s be fair and take it to Las Vegas. I’m not from there, and he’s not from there.”
Peterson said he’s willing to fight in England if the money is right.
“It’s a great feeling right now. But I’m just happy that everyone enjoyed the fight. It must have been a good fight. They’re talking about a rematch already,” said Peterson.
“If it’s left up to me, I would fight him tomorrow. But that’s just me. I’m always ready to fight. I wouldn’t mind doing it in England. The deal would have to be right. Everything would have to be right. But if it is, then I would do it.”
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya is ready to make a deal.
“Amir Khan and Golden Boy and Lamont Peterson want the rematch,” said De La Hoya. “Both guys are here. Amir Khan is here, and Peterson is here.”
LAMONT PETERSON’S PROGRESSION TOWARD THE TITLE
Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) improved to 3-0-1 with two knockouts since losing to Tim Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) in December of 2009, while Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) had his winning streak end at eight with four knockouts
Since losing to Bradley, who dropped him in the third round, Peterson has earned a 12th-round stoppage of Victor Cayo (26-2, 18 KOs) in July after having risen from two third-round knockdowns to salvage a draw with Victor Ortiz (28-3-2, 22 KOs) in a 10-round bout last December.
“I knew that when Lamont lost to Timothy Bradly, that was a learning stage. Then, he fought Victor Ortiz to a draw,” said Anthony Peterson. “Then, he goes into the 12th round against Victor Cayo and knocks that man out. That’s when I knew that he was a mature fighter. That series of fights is impressive to me.”