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Exclusive Q&A: Peterson on Khan victory, Bradley rematch


On Monday, Lamont Peterson‘s manager and trainer, Barry Hunter, received an offer from Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, for a return bout against Amir Khan next year, perhaps at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which Schaefer has on hold for May 19.

Peterson, though, has other options to consider.

With his upset split-decision victory on Dec. 10 in Washington, D.C., Peterson gained the WBA/IBF titles and displaced Khan in the RING jr. welterweight rankings, assuming the No. 2 spot behind Tim Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), against whom Peterson lost by unanimous decision in an attempt to take the WBO title in December of 2009.

A rematch with Bradley is now on the table, since Bradley and his promoter, Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum, have expressed interest.

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. A rematch with Khan would earn Peterson another career-high purse, Hunter confirmed.

The fight ended in dispute, with Peterson edging Khan, 113-112, on the cards of judges George Hill of New Jersey and Valerie Dorsett of North Carolina, and, losing, 115-110, on that of Nelson Vazquez of Puerto Rico.

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Khan had one point deducted in both the seventh and 12th rounds, leaving the fighter and his camp crying foul, and Golden Boy Promotions threatening to file appeals of protest with the IBF and WBA, seeking an immediate rematch should Peterson choose to face Khan instead of Bradley.

Peterson addressed all of the above in this Q&A with Ringtv.com:

RingTV.com: What are your thoughts over the past few days since the fight ended?

Lamont Peterson: I just want to say thanks to D.C. Everybody in the area came out, and they showed their support, and I think that that was a big factor in me winning the fight.

RingTV.com: Do you have any reaction to the general response of Khan’s camp to the decision, specifically their complaints about the officiating?

LP: I was expecting them to act that way. I guess they were pretty confident Khan would win the fight in my home town and all of that, and I just think that when he didn’t win, I expected somebody like him to act that way.

It’s okay with me. I know what happened. I know that the referee didn’t cheat. I know that I didn’t cheat. It was a close fight. It was a tough fight. But it was a fair fight. You could say that the referee didn’t do this or didn’t do that.

That he didn’t do this with me or that or whatever. But, to me, he missed some things. With the knockdown thing, that definitely was not a knockdown.

RingTV.com: Which one, the first of the first-round knockdowns — the one that wasn’t called — or the one that was called?

LP: Both. The first one, you can clearly see that the referee was kind of close to the action and I tripped over his foot. Actually, the referee almost fell as well.

The second knockdown, I was going back and I actually landed the only punch, which was the left hook. Khan came in and I tripped over his foot that time. He didn’t land any punch, I landed the punch.

But the referee gave him credit for the knockdown. I tried to tell the referee that it wasn’t a knockdown, but he called it a knockdown. No crying from me.

It’s a point in a close fight, but, you know, you don’t hear any crying from me. Had the fight gone the other way, you still wouldn’t hear any crying from me.

The night of the fight, you know, sometimes, things don’t go the way that you want them to go.In that fight, still, not all of the things went the way that I wanted them to go.

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