WBA grant Khan rematch

14 01 2012
Amir KHan

Khan granted rematch

Amir Khan has been granted a rematch with Lamont Peterson by the WBA, following an appeal by Golden Boy and Team Khan.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Peterson in December following a split decision victory for the American.

The fight had its fair share of controversy as Khan was deducted two points for pushing by referee Joe Cooper, while “mystery man” – IBF associate Mustafa Ameen – was judged to have interfered with the judges’ scorecards.

Since the fight the Team Khan and Golden Boy have been very vocal in their protest and have now finally got their wish. They also launched a complaint with the IBF and a hearing has been scheduled for January 18.

The WBA released the following statement:

“Peterson’s split-decision victory over Khan in Washington DC has been riddled with controversy as a result of a plethora of anomalies in connection with the bout,” a statement read.

“Acting under its authority pursuant to WBA Rule C.26, the WBA concluded that the bout’s outcome was impacted by referee Joseph Cooper’s questionable failure to credit Khan with a knockdown in round one and his questionable decisions to deduct points from Khan in rounds seven and 12.

“As further cause to order the rematch, the WBA also pointed to Mr Ameen’s apparent intrusion into the scoring process as well as possible discrepancies between the score sheets of the two sanctioning organizations and the local athletic commission.

“In its resolution mandating the rematch, the WBA went out of its way to note that, under normal circumstances, it would not disturb the discretionary function of a referee.

“However, in this case, because of the multiple irregularities, it was necessary for it to order the rematch.”

Well I suppose a rematch was always going to happen once Team Khan and Golden Boy lodged their protest but I think a rematch was warranted just because of the closeness of their first fight.

But the way in which Team Khan have acted in getting this rematch has left a bad taste in some fans mouth, who believe Khan has been “classless” and should be embarrassed by his behaviour. He’s never really given Peterson much credit or acknowledged his mistakes/flaws that contributed to the closeness of their first fight, instead choosing to label the fight a “fix” instead.

Now the rematch is going to happen Khan cannot make the same mistakes he did in the last fight. He seemed too preoccupied with moving up to welterweight and a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For me I can see this fight going exactly the same way as the first unless Khan has significantly improved since that meeting, which I can’t see. Khan has trouble with pressure fights and guys who fight on the inside, proven in the first fight with Peterson and with his fight against Marcos Maidana.

I really don’t think Khan has the boxing I.Q. to make adjustments in the fight when things are not working out for him. For instance, he complained about Peterson coming in low with his head. Instead of complaining to the referee and pushing Peterson off, why not take a step or two back and throw an uppercut?

He seems fine when sticking to a game plan that is working but once that goes he doesn’t seem able to make the adjustments during the fight. He resorts to getting into a war, which is great for the fans, and trying to prove his chin.

But I’m expecting Khan to win the rematch via points. I still think he won the first fight by one or two rounds but he made the fight a lot harder for himself.

If Khan can stick to a game plan and learn to make the right adjustments in a fight, he should win this fight. I can’t see Peterson winning a close fight again.

It’s a good fight for boxing fans to see because their first fight provided great entertainment so let’s hope the rematch lives up to the billing.

Khan has to stay focused on the task in hand here though. He’s already said (now the rematch has been given) he’ll knock Peterson out and will fight Mayweather in the next 18 months, which makes me think he hasn’t learned from the first fight.

He has to stay focused on Peterson and work on his weaknesses in order to get past Peterson.

If he manages that he has to fight Timothy Bradley, just so we can see who the best fighter at 140lbs really is.

After that Khan can move up to welterweight but he’s a long, long, long way off from fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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King Khan dethroned

16 12 2011

Khan Dethroned

Amir Khan’s dreams of a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather took a huge hit following his split decision loss to Lamont Peterson in Washington DC on Saturday.

Khan, who lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles, was controversially deducted two points for consistent pushing despite numerous warnings from the referee.

Khan stated pre-fight that this would be his last fight at the 140 weight class before moving himself up to the 147 division.

And he wasted little time in springing into action as he floored Peterson twice in the opening round. The first knock down was, however, ruled as a slip.

That would prove to be one of the few highlights Khan had throughout the fight as Peterson, roared on by the home crowd, constantly backed up the champion and landed with some fantastic shots to the body.

Instead of using his boxing ability and reach, Khan began to stand toe-to-toe with the American and began getting tagged with left hooks and uppercuts.

Khan was deducted a point in round 7, drawing a furious response from promoter Oscar DeLa Hoya at ringside, and again in the 12.

If I’m honest I did have Khan winning by 1 round after the fight had finished but there is no doubt it was a poor, poor display from Khan.

His trainer Freddie Roach, who had worked with Peterson and the America Olympic boxing team, knew that Peterson would target the body but it looked as though they didn’t expect this.

Khan was on the back foot for most of the fight and to an extent was “running” away from Peterson.

Serious questions must be asked about Khan’s lack of fighting on the inside, any sense of defence and also his lack of power.

Khan has never been considered a power puncher but does posses a good KO ratio.

The problem, at least to me, is that Khan throws these “pity-patty” flurries which are still very amateur-ish.

Yes they look great because of the speed but there is no power behind them. Khan has to learn how to sit down on his shots more. If he doesn’t, this would be a real worry against top class opposition at the 147 division. He just simply wouldn’t have the power to hurt those guys.

Another real worry for the Khan camp has to be his inability to defend himself properly. Against these pressure fighters he allows himself to get caught back onto to the ropes too easily and doesn’t display any good head movement or defensive ability.

Khan also needs to stop getting himself into these toe-to-toe battles to prove his “chin”. His chin has been tested and he’s taken some big, big shots (Maidana and Peterson). But, regardless of what he says in the media, Khan was rocked in both of those fights.

They say the best chin is the one that isn’t tested. Khan has to take note of that.

Team Khan need to take a serious look at themselves and work on these weaknesses. Otherwise talk of any potential fight with a Mayweather or a Pacquaio looks even more foolish.