Amir Khan, Lamont Peterson rematch in Las Vegas on May 19
The currently unified WBA (Super) and IBF light-welterweight champion, Lamont Peterson, and former titleholder Amir Khan are all set for a rematch at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on May 19.
Khan and Peterson fought each other last year on December 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C but unfortunately their bout ended up in a storm of controversy as a result to which WBC immediately ordered a rematch between the two.
Khan disclosed the news on his Twitter account yesterday. The Bolton’s finest stated he is happy because he is finally getting the fight he deserved.
Meanwhile, fight promoter and the chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer, has shared his thoughts with the media as well. Schaefer insisted that his rival promoter Bob Arum tried hard to convince Peterson for a Juan Manuel Marquez fight but Peterson turned him down because he also wants to take on Khan after what happened in their last fight.
Last time confusion erupted when the referee, Joe Cooper, docked the Brit two points for ‘pushing’ Peterson, which is an offence rarely punished at the championship levels. On top of it, there was an unusually long delay between the final bell and the announcement of the scores.
Therefore, Schaefer has decided to look into the matter personally this time. He confirmed he will make sure that nothing wrong happens this time.
“We have a deal; we are all set,” Schaefer said. “This is going to be a big, and I mean a very big fight.
“The first one was a terrific fight, an all-action fight, a lot of controversy, a lot of questions surrounding it. So this one is hopefully going to clear up all these question marks.
“Security will be very tight. Las Vegas is probably the best commission in the world and I know they are going to make sure that everything is going to be totally above board.
“I’ve already had conversations with the Las Vegas commission to make sure that it is going to be absolutely neutral ground for both fighters. We won’t see any men in hats sitting at the scorers’ table.”
Well, all said and done, no matter what happens Peterson will retain the IBF title, as their rematch will only have the WBA belt at stake.