Barry Hunter, the manager and trainer of THE RING’s No. 2-rated junior welterweight Lamont Peterson, whose split-decision victory dethroned No. 3-rated counterpart Amir Khan as WBA/IBF beltholder on HBO on Saturday, confirmed that he has received an offer from Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer for a return bout next year.
In defeating the Khan (26-2, 18 knockouts), Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) improved to 3-0-1, with two knockouts since losing by unanimous decision to RING No. 8-rated pound-for-pound Tim Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) in a failed effort to win the WBO belt in December of 2009.
Khan’s winning streak was ended at eight bouts, including four knockouts, by Peterson.
“It’s just an offer,” said Hunter, of news that was initially tweeted by ESPN.com. “Right now, Lamont is enjoying what he just pulled off, so I’m not going to bother him with no business right now.”
Peterson earned a career-high $650,000 to Khan’s guaranteed $1.1 million, this, after having turned down an earlier offer to face Khan.
In February, Peterson passed up a chance to face Khan when talks broke down over money and a rematch clause between Schaefer and Peterson’s attorney, Jeff Fried, for an April challenge to Khan’s WBA belt.
Peterson, in succession, had been offered $150,000, then, $200,000, and then, $300.000, but the challenger’s camp wanted “north of $350,000” to travel to England to face Khan, according to Schaefer.
When the negotiations fell apart, Khan moved on and defended his crown by technical decision over Paul McCloskey in England.
The rematch offer would earn Peterson another career-high purse, Hunter confirmed, while also saying that he would consider a return bout against Bradley, who is promoted by Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum.