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Rematch: Khan, Peterson agree to Las Vegas sequel
Rematch: Khan vs. Peterson agree to Las Vegas sequel
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)–Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson are going to do it again.
The rematch of their hotly contested split-decision that saw British star Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) watch American Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) walk away as the new unified WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion last December, will commence on Saturday, May 19, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
HBO will televise.
Khan-Peterson I was an all-action fight that was marred in controversy over a missed knockdown of Peterson, two costly point deductions of Khan, and a dispute over the legitimacy of the judges’ scorecards.
“I’m delighted that I have finally been given the chance to avenge the result of my last fight,” Khan said. “It’s clear I wasn’t happy with what went on in the previous fight, but that takes nothing away from how Lamont Peterson fought. He showed tremendous heart that night, but now I have the chance to prove once and for all that I’m the very best in the division. I’m going to take care of business inside the ring and this fight is going to be just as exciting as the last one. The only difference is going to be in the outcome.”
Perhaps if Freddie Roach better prepared Khan for a knockout of Peterson, we clearly wouldn’t have any discussions over a rematch. Instead, we’d be discussing Khan’s initial plan to move up to welterweight to challenge either Manny Pacquaio or even Floyd Mayweather.
Peterson weighed all available ‘options’ and decided to gave Khan an immediate rematch. One pending option was Peterson defending his unified belts against Juan Manuel Marquez this summer. But the allure of beating Khan again makes for an attractive fight that fans won’t mind watching again.
“I feel really good about my decision,” Peterson said. “I went over every option available to me in terms of the fights that were on the table. I weighed each one of them looking at the pros and the cons and at the end of the day this is the one that made the most sense all the way across the board. I want everyone to know that, as champion, it has always been up to me what fight to take next. I was not persuaded by any of the controversy or anything else. I just can’t wait to fight.”
Khan, led by Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, made a huge stink about how Peterson was shown favoritism by the referee, the judges’ at ringside, and a ‘mystery man, ‘as the fight was in Lamont’s backyard of Washington, D.C.
At least the rematch will be in a neutral site of Las Vegas.
“I’m happy with the terms of the fight,” Peterson added. “It’s at a neutral site and, when I beat him this time, he won’t have anything to complain about.”
Malik Scott to return from injury
Malik Scott was once a rising American heavyweight contender until a horrid biceps injury sidelined him for more than three years.
And now he’s back.
Fighting for the first time since December 2008, Scott (32-0, 11 KOs), only 31 years of age, returns to the boxing ring on Saturday, February 18, from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX in a rematch against journeyman Kendrick Releford (22-15-2, 10 KOs).
The Philadelphia prospect will be fighting on the undercard of a nationally-televised SHOWTIME EXTRME broadcast. SHOWTIME will also air bouts featuring former two-division champion Paul Williams, heavyweight title contender Chris Arreola, and current IBF light-heavyweight champion, Tavoris Cloud.
“I’ve come back strong from a lot of adversity and climbed a lot of obstacles to get to this point, physically and mentally,” said Scott. “I’m totally reincarnated, and a completely different fighter than I was before, and I’m ready to show the people that a powerful American in the heavyweight division is right here, and I’m prepared to reintroduce them to that person next Saturday.”
Scott is anxious to get back into the ring. Also, the American fight-fan can use a fresh, new, and exciting young on the heavyweight scene because, the Klitschko Brothers are simply beating everyone that steps in front of them. The Klitschkos need a challenge, but there is no heavyweight in the world that can ‘fight’ the Klitschkos.
Malik Scott will show everyone just how well he can ‘fight’ on Saturday.
“I’m excited to be fighting on SHOWTIME EXTREME, and I plan on taking full advantage of the opportunity,” Scott added. “Kendrick Releford is a tough fighter, which is what I wanted in order to make a statement in my comeback fight. May God be with him when he gets in the ring with me. It is imperative for me to be aggressive and make people notice and I believe it’s all going to pay off come February 18 in Corpus Christi.”
Demetrius Andrede remains unbeaten
2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrede (16-0, 11 KOs) remained unbeaten following a second-round knockout of Angel Hernandez (30-11, 17 KOs) inside of two rounds in the main event of ESPN Friday night Fights from the popular Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Andrede, the prized product of Star Boxing/Banner Promotions, is a 23 year-old native of Providence, RI. Andrede is slowly developing into rising contender, as he has amassed world-wide rankings of #9 (WBO), #12 (IBF), #14 (WBC), and #15 (WBA).
In other bouts: undefeated junior welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) defeated Kenny Abril (11-2-4, 6 KOs), via unanimous decision after 10 rounds. The judges scored the bout 97-92 (twice) and 95-94.
Super middleweight Charles Foster (2-0, 1 KO) defeated Borngod Washington (3-10, 1 KO), via unanimous decision after four rounds. All three judges scored the bout 38-37.
Mike Arnaoutis (23-7-2, 10 KOs) defeated Shaka Moore (11-16-3, 2 KOs) in a 6-round super middleweight contest. The judges scored the bout unanimously at 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.
Jair Ramos (2-0, 1 KO) stopped super middleweight Miguel Rodriguez (0-2) at 53 seconds of round two.
Super featherweight Emanuel Gonzalez (10-0, 7 KOs) remained unbeaten following a widespread unanimous decision over Jesus Bayron (5-4-1, 4 KOs).
Plus, super featherweight Joseph Perez (7-1, 2 KOs) out-pointed Jamell Tyson (2-5-1, 1 KO) by scores of 59-55, and 58-56 (twice).