Khan to defend WBA/IBF titles in D.C. against Peterson

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: October 25, 2011

NEW YORK, NY,(BASN)–Amir Khan is coming back to the United States.

In previous trips to America, Khan has beaten Paulie Malignaggi at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. Khan unified the WBA/IBF junior welterweight championships against Zab Judah in Las Vegas, NV.

This time, Khan (26-1, 18 KOs), a native of Bolton, England, will invade our nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 10, to challenge hometown favorite Lamont Peterson (29-1, 15 KOs).

Khan vs. Peterson will be televised live on HBO.

“I am looking forward to returning to the United States to face a worthy challenger like Lamont Peterson,” Khan said. “I always said I wanted to be active and a true world champion and I will prove it on December 10.”

Khan continues to take on tough, quality challengers like Judah and Malignaggi. Perhaps Khan’s career-best performance was his 12-round war with Marco Rene Maidana in December 2010. Khan put to rest questions about his “chin,” willingness to engage in warfare, and grit as a real fighter.

Khan’s performances continue to get better with each fight, as he has proven to be the class of the junior welterweight division alongside WBC/WBO 140-pound titlist Timothy Bradley. Coincidentally, both Khan and Bradley are eying bigger and better fights at welterweight in 2012.

The Peterson fight will be Khan’s last at welterweight and perhaps it’s time. Khan at 5′ 10,” is a tall 140-pounder and he’d do very well at 147.

Peterson is no pushover. He is a very talented, quick boxer. Peterson is anxious to erase his 2009 title loss to Bradley, which was career-worst performance. It will be a very interesting fight in which speed will be the determining factor.

Khan should win, but Peterson is hungry.

Star Boxing, “Boxeo Azteca” a success

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing promotional company hosted a boxing event from the Tropicana Resort & Casino from Atlantic City, NJ last Saturday. Undefeated Raymond Serrano (17-0, 8 KOs) won a unanimous 10-round decision against Angel Ramos (9-8, 6 KOs) in the main event of a new boxing series, “Boxeo Azteca” which was televised live on Azteca America.

Serrano, a native of the Bronx, NY, supplanted Ramos’ consistent pressure with sharp combinations throughout the bout. All three judges scored the encounter 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92.

In other bouts: Queens, NY heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (34-7, 25 KOs) knocked out journeyman, Mike Sheppard in less than 90 seconds of the very first round of their scheduled 10-round contest.

Super middleweight Jason Escalera (12-0, 11 KO’s) scored three knockdowns in the first round before finishing off Mickey Scarborough (6-4) at 32 seconds of round two.

In huge upset, Shamone Alvarez (21-5, 12 KOs), a once promising junior welterweight prospect, was stopped by journeyman Doel Carrasquillo (16-18-1, 14 KO’s) at 1:16 of the sixth round. Alvarez was dropped in rounds one and two before scoring a decisive knockdown in the fifth round. Alvarez returned to his feet, but couldn’t respond to the barrage of punches Carrasquillo landed.

Fun heavyweight prospect, Chazz Witherspoon (29-2, 21 KO’s) knocked out Tyson Cobb (14-3) with a hard right hand at 1:07 seconds of the third round.

Donaire retains unified WBC/WBO titles

Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) retained his unified WBC/WBO bantamweight championships following a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Omar Navarez (35-1-2, 19 KOs) at The Theater of Madison Square Garden, New York City on Saturday. All three judges scored the bout 120-108 during what was one of the worst fights of 2011.

Donaire had a distinct size advantage over a guy that was considered a great fighter in his native Argentina. Apparently, Navarez, fighting for the first time on U.S. soil, did not “fight.” Instead, Navarez barely threw any punches and Donaire, recognized for his concussive knockouts of Vic Darchinyan (2007) and Fernando Montiel (2011), didn’t press the action. Donaire simply boxed from the outside and relied heavily on his reach advantage without taking any risks.

Hopkins to remain WBC champion

In less than one week following his “TKO loss” to Chad Dawson, WBC light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins was awarded his title back after the WBC Board of Governors declared the bout a “no-contest.”

Hopkins vs.

Dawson was the main event of an HBO Pay-Per-View event from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA on October 15. After an uneventful first round, Hopkins and Dawson became closely tangled in round two.

Hopkins, while leaning downward on Dawson’s back, was raised off the canvas and thrown to the mat.

Hopkins dislocated his right shoulder and was unable to continue, as a result of an “accidental foul.”

Since the bout ended in a foul, not a punch or a cut, the obvious choice was a “no contest.”

ShoBox tripleheader on Nov. 11th

Undefeated WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout will headline a “ShoBox: New Generation” tripleheader on Friday, November 11, from Cohen Stadium, El Paso, TX.

Trout (23-0, 13 KOs), making the second defense of his 154-pound title, defends against Frank LoPorto (15-4, 7 KOs) in the main event. Trout, a former 2004 U.S. National Amateur Welterweight Champion, captured the WBA title with a unanimous decision against Rigoberto Alvarez I February 2011. Trout has a successful title defense against David Lopez.

Also on the card, undefeated junior middleweight prospect Jonathan Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs) will meet Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder. Plus, unbeaten junior middleweight Michael Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs) battles the infamous TBA.

The tripleheader, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, will be aired live on SHOWTIME beginning at 11 PM/ET.