ROACH CALLS JOE COOPER AN ‘AMATEUR…’
Roach claims that referee Joe Cooper, of Virginia, never gave Khan an explanation for the 12th round penalty, and believes that Cooper should have awarded Khan two, first-round knockdowns.
“There was no explanation. He did a terrible job. Referees shouldn’t decide figthts. He’s not a judge. He made himself a judge tonigt. He missed a knockdown, which was clear. The first knockdown was clearer than the second one, if you call the second one a knockdown,” said Roach.
“He took two points away for nothing and didn’t give warnings. This was like an amateur referee. A referee at this level of competition shouldn’t make those mistakes. The thing is, he decided the fight, not the judges. The referee did it. He took it out of the judges hands, which is bulls–t.”
Lamont Peterson also said he was not given an explanation for the final round penalty.
“At that point in the fight, I really don’t know. I wasn’t paying attention to it. I just wanted to go out there, throw punches and win the fight,” said Peterson. “When he broke the action, I was trying to tell him that he was pushing my head down a lot, so I thought that he would take a point for that. I heard him say that he was taking a point for pushing.”
…WHILE CREDITING PETERSON’S PRESSURE
“I don’t want to take anything away from Lamont Peterson, though, because he fought a great fight. He did, and his team did very well, and I’m happy for him,” said Roach. “He’s a hard worker, obviously, but I want to see them back in the ring one more time.”
Roach admitted that Peterson’s relentless body attack bothered Khan, perhaps to the point of neutralizing his boxing ability.
“We had a gameplan, but Lamont’s pressure was really, really, really great. But, we’ll learn from our mistakes and we’ll have to get better. Amir was never hurt in the fight, and he had Peterson hurt a couple of times in the fight,” said Roach.
“I thought that Amir landed the bigger shots. But I never thought that Amir was in danger, he just chose the wrong tactics I feel, and gave Peterson too much momentum, and that was a little bit too much.”
LAMONT PETERSON ON HIS OWN BODY SHOTS AND KHAN’S POWER
Khan out-landed Peterson, 238-to-226, overall, with a 69-38 advantage in jabs. But Peterson had the edge in power shots, 188-to-169, with the bulk of them being body blows.
“I know that Amir Khan is fast on his feet, and that he has really fast hands. So I wanted to wear him down,” said Peterson. “He has shocking power. With a sting to it. When he hits you, it stings, but you just shake it off and you keep going.”
PETERSONS PERPLEXED BY KNOCKDOWN CALLS
“Me and Lamont, we thought that the first knockdown, that they didn’t count, I thought that was a clean knockdown from a punch to the chest. The punch that hits you and sends you down, that’s a knockdown. But the second knockdown, the one that they counted, that wasn’t a knockdown,” said Anthony Peterson.
“I think that it was a clash of feet, Lamont getting caught up and tripped up. It happened that way. But I think that the referee did a good job. There were miscues on both ends, because Amir Khan was holding Lamont’s head down. I think that it was evenly officiated.”
Lamont Peterson admitted that he got clipped on the first “no-call” knockdown.
“I have a habit of pulling out with my chin up, and he throws straight punches. We worked on it in the gym, but he caught me on the end of one of those punches and I went down.” said Peterson.
“I wasn’t hurt or anything, but I did go down. So, from that point on, I went to plan B, which was to push him back, using my size and my strength. That’s what we did.”