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Lamont Peterson Wins Close Round
By Tom Donelson, BASN boxing writer
Updated: December 11, 2011
IOWA CITY, IOWA–-Amir Khan found himself in Washington DC against Lamont Peterson a fighter with a Horatio Alger story, rising from the streets and poverty to be fighting for the Khan’s championship. Before the main event, Heavyweight Seth Mitchell started the show. Seth Mitchell attacked Timor Ibragimov in the opening round as he forced Ibragimov to retreat.
In the second round, Mitchell hurt Ibragimov with a right hand body shots followed by a left hook. Ibragimov retreated as Mitchell continued to attack as he landed one right hand after another right hand. He hit Ibragimov with four straight right hands followed by a left hook and then two more right hands before the referee stopped the fight. Mitchell showed progress as a prospect since he used a variety of punches, left hooks, right crosses and even a upper cut before ending the show.
Amir Khan hand speed shows up quickly with Peterson trying to keep up in the opening stanza. Khan threw two great rights to the body along with a left hook. With time running out in the first round, a Khan left hook sent Peterson down for a quick count and Peterson looked more embarrassed than hurt. By the end of the second round, Peterson started to looked more comfortable and managed to score some shots at the body after losing the first two minutes.
Khan start the third round by throwing punches in bunches with flurries while Peterson threw his shots to the body with three left hooks to the body. His best punch was a right hand to the body whereas a Khan left hook was the champion best shot near the end of the third round.
During the fourth round, both fighters started throwing shots whereas Khan throwing more punches but Peterson managed to score with rights over Khan left. In the fifth round, Amir Khan moved and used the ring as he easily out boxed Peterson and forced Peterson to retreat near the end of the round. During the sixth round, Khan boxing skills forced Peterson to chase while Khan’s movement allowed him to connect with solid counters whereas Peterson ability to land punches faded.
Going into second half, Peterson looked behind on the scorecards and in the middle of the seventh round, he delivered a sizzling left hook and near the end of round, Peterson’s will started to show as the two left hooks allowed him to nail a few shots to the body. Khan lost a point for pushing Peterson and this may have been a 10-8 round. Peterson decided in the eighth round to hit Khan in the body repeatedly and Khan started to look like a hurt fighter for the first time in the fight Peterson won the first two minute of the ninth round but a Khan right hand hurt Peterson as he wobbled but he continued to pursue and at the end of the round, Peterson nailed Khan with a solid right hand of his own that may have neutralized the right that stunned him a minute earlier.
With two rounds left and the fight in Lamont Peterson home town, it was up for grabs. Khan strategy was to simply to box and counter and while Peters pursued, Khan connected on some solid right hands and a couple of uppercuts. Khan started the last round with flurries as Peterson moved in without jabbing but Khan lost another point for pushing but the HBO announcer questioned the wisdom of the point deductions as Larry Merchant, “This is home cooking.” Khan managed to stun Peterson with a right hand near the end of the round and that may have enough to mitigate the second point deduction. The two point deduction proved decisive as Peterson won a split decision by 113-112 margin on two of the judges’ scorecard. In a fight that was close, the deductions were the difference and there were legitimate arguments in not rewarding the point deduction. As Larry Merchant said early in the fight that he was ready for a rematch and there should be a rematch in a close fight decided by questionable calls. Peterson fought a good fight and so did Khan, but the story may be the referee decision. It took away from a great performance by both fighters and one could easily make the case that either fighters won, even without the deduction.