HBO Boxing – Lamont Peterson Vs. Amir Khan Play By Play
This show is in Washington DC and is titled Capital Showdown. Peterson is the hometown fighter.
On the fight right before this main event, Seth Mitchell defeated Timur Ibragimov by TKO at 2:48 of round 2.
Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan
Amazing round for Khan. He knocked Peterson down with a left hook (I think as it was a weird camera angle), but the referee called it a slip, mostly because he fell down and didn’t see it. It looked like a knock down. Then Khan knocked him down again with a right hand. Khan is loading up on his left hook and landing it at will. 10-8 Khan (should be 10-7)
(They nearly had a Mayweather/Ortiz moment as the referee called for them to fight out of the clinch and Peterson thought they were going to be separated. Khan hit him and then had his elbow high on Peterson’s neck while pushing him backward.)
If you’re a Khan fan, the only thing you have to worry about is Khan overthrowing his punches and falling out of balance. It doesn’t seem that Peterson can hurt him. Khan’s round, easily.
Damn, Peterson is right back in this thing. He shook Khan with some body shots. Khan started the round boxing, but couldn’t help himself and got into a slugfest. Peterson wins the round, but both guys were slugging it out. Great round.
Khan was back, but he looks tired. Peterson is stalking him, but Khan’s hands are fast. At one point, Khan put his hands up as if to say that he wasn’t hurt, and took a punch right to the balls.
Another good round for Khan. Peterson is tired and now, Khan’s hand speed is the difference. Peterson may have taken that round off after such a fast pace.
Khan keeps taunting Peterson as if he’s not hurting him, but looking at his face, he’s getting hit more than he thinks. He’s also fighting a bit dirty with the holding behind the head and pushing that he’s doing. He’s still leading the fight, but Peterson is game.
Well, this fight just got a bit closer. Peterson is getting in close and just digging Khan. Khan keeps pushing him off with his forearms and elbows. He’s on his horse racing back to get out of Peterson’s way. He was docked a point for the pushing so it’s a 10-8 for Peterson.
Peterson has figured it out. He’s staying inside, forcing Khan up against the ropes and digging against the body. Khan feels like he has something to prove, rather than just deciding to use all of his talent advantages to win the fight. It’s definitely turned a bit.
This might’ve been the best round of the fight. Peterson was digging again and pushing him around. Then Khan decided to stop it and just hit him with some nasty combinations that shook Peterson. It’s back in Khan’s favor. If he decides to land combinations and stay moving, he can put him away.
Peterson may be too tired. Fight is turning right back in Khan’s favor. If Peterson doesn’t press, Khan wins these rounds easily. He didn’t press in that round.
Khan is dealing with the pressure much better. He’s covering up and when Peterson digs and stops for a second, Khan unleashes some lightning fast hands to get out of there. Khan had Peterson figured out. Peterson figured Khan out. And now, Khan has figured it out again.
Khan lost another point for pushing, but that was pretty much BS. I still think he won the round so this one is 9-9. I still have Khan winning this fight.
Winner: Lamont Peterson by way of majority decision
113-112 for Peterson, 114-111 for Khan, and 113-112 for Peterson
12 thoughts on “HBO Boxing – Lamont Peterson Vs. Amir Khan Play By Play”
I had it Khan by a point, but he really needs to perform better. He spent a ton of time pushing Peterson either away or pushing down on his head and neck. Add to that probably 15 headlocks. He should get called on that crap (this ain’t the UFC, GG!).
Khan seemed to think flashes of brilliance would carry the day. On my card they did, but he let Peterson dictate the action way too often for comfort.
I think the fight went a few different ways in the dirty aspect.
Early on, I thought Khan was fighting dirty. He was pushing high on the neck. He was holding and hitting. He was using his left hand to hold Peterson in place before throwing his right hand.
But then, Peterson decided to fight dirty with dirty. He was just digging his head in his chest to get him on the ropes. At that point, Khan pushing him off was completely justified.
That last point taken was really BS.
Khan figured it out in the last three rounds. Peterson got inside and started digging. Khan punched his way out of it and landed shots going backward. If they fight again, I don’t think Khan has that much trouble.
I found this fellow’s post in the comments section of the ringtv site that articulates my opinion well:
“Matt Davis · Irvine, California
What a wonderfully entertaining fight. This has been a great month for boxing!
As far as the point deductions go I feel Khan had other more legal methods of dealing Peterson’s inside game. I did not see a single headbutt as was alleged. Khan was just not comfortable with Lamont’s head in his chest all night. Khan could have used lateral movement, or stepped back and blasted him a couple times. Instead he held Petersons head down, put him in headlocks and pushed (several times with the elbow and forearm), so he had to be willing to deal the possible consequences.
Khan has a very weak defense on the inside, it surprises me that after the Maidana fight Freddie Roach has not trained him more on the inside, he offers nothing, just grabs a hold and looks at the referee in desperation. He has blinding fast hands and feet but offers little in the way of real defense. He is going to have a hard time stepping up with the elites at 147.
I am not hating on Amir Khan either. I think he has a lot of skill and I hope he works on some of these flaws. He can be highly entertaining and I would love to see him grow into a more well rounded fighter. “
That’s fine. But there was no need for the second deduction. I think most of us were fine with one deduction. But when the referee decides the fight, that’s all bad for boxing.
Did you see this today GG?
PAULIE MALIGNAGGI’S TAKE ON LAMONT PETERSON-AMIR KHAN
Khan was penalized for pushing Peterson’s head down in the seventh, and for shoving Peterson away in the 12th. Malignaggi, nevertheless, scored the fight for Khan, 114-111, and RingTV.com had for Khan, 113-112. (**THAT WAS MY SCORE TOO**)
“I had it for Khan, but I don’t think that the referee did anything wrong,” said Malignaggi. “I just think that it was finally a referee who enforced some rules in a fight that Amir Khan was involved in.”
Malignaggi said he thought Khan fouled him in their fight by pushing his head down.
“With [referee] Steve Smoger in our fight, I told him to get him off my head about to get him my head about 50 times,” said Malignaggo. “I was telling my guys that the should have talked to Smoger particularly in that fight. Amir is already difficult enough to fight. If no rules are enforced, Bro? Then you’ve really got problems.”
Malignaggi felt that Khan did the same during July’s fifth-round knockout of dethroning Zab Judah, whom Khan dethroned as IBF titleholder.
“Even in the knockout that he had of Zab Judah last year, that wasn’t a low blow that ended the fight, it was a good body shot. But what was he doing at the time that he threw the punch?” said Malignaggi.
“Amir was holding Zab’s head down, and with the other hand, he was hitting Zab to the body and got the stoppage. If people weren’t looking enough at past Amir Khan fights, they would have missed it.”
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I don’t disagree with docking Khan the early point. I was yelling at the screen because it was quite blatant. But he took it away and it was much better.
Later in the fight, he did it less, and it was more the result of Peterson leading with his head, which is exactly what Peterson did to slow him down. I disagree with the second point being taken in the last round. That’s what I disagree with.
I was planning to write a column on this, but I’m probably not going to get time now, so I will just leave my thoughts here.
I have been banging the drum for Amir Khan for a long time now, but I want to make something perfectly clear; I have no issue with the result in this one at all. All the cards were perfectly plausible in my opinion. For a lot of the rounds, it was really a case of what you preferred.
I also think the two point deductions were fair. Amir was breaking every rule in the book, and if you break the rules there should be consequences. He was warned a number of times by the ref and he never heeded it. The ref could have handled it better in terms of making it evident that a point was going to be taken if he didn’t clean up his act, but as I said: the deductions were fair. If the Ref in Mares/Agbeko 1 had those same convictions then maybe King Kong would have got the win he deserved and we would have had a cleaner fight.
Now, the one issue I did have with the refereeing was that Joe Cooper probably wasn’t experienced enough for a fight of that magnitude and I think it showed. He was out of position a lot and got in the way of the fighters at times.
Here’s something else. I didn’t see the HBO version because it was on Sky here, but from what I can gather, they were cheerleading for Khan and trying to convince people they were witnessing a robbery. They have done this countless times this year and I’m really getting sick of it. These people are supposed to be unbiased. Let me tell you what Jim Watt said on the English broadcast. He said: “Amir Khan has stupidly thrown away his belts by not obeying the rules”. People have lambasted Sky in the past for their bias towards British fighters, and they were perfectly fine with both the judging and the refereeing. Yet, it’s HBO who are trying to take something away from Peterson’s achievement? Embarrassing.
I still expect Khan to win convincingly when they rematch. I thought he got it all wrong tactically this time, and maybe he just had his eyes off the prize a little bit to. He lost a great fight; sometimes that happens. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
However, I didn’t like seeing him crybaby after the bout. Had he conducted himself graciously, most people would have sympathized with him for being unlucky in such a close and good fight. I don’t think he won any friends by carrying on like a spoilt child though.
Finally, I want to congratulate Peterson. He fought a terrific fight – the best of his career. The night belonged to him and nobody could begrudge him that success.
Peterson did fight a terrific fight. He was hard to root against. My qualm was taking the point away in the last round.
I was screaming at the ref to do something to Khan from the get go because he was doing a lot of pushing, using his forearms, and holding. But after the deduction, I didn’t see him do it as much, and when I did, it was because Peterson wasn’t even looking and just lowering his head.
I think Khan had him figured out after about round 9, and even though I had Khan winning, I didn’t want to take anything away from Peterson. I just didn’t like the point being taken away in the last round. Take it away in the 10th if need be, then Khan knows he’ll need to rally.
By the way, I also watched the Sky version and thought the announcers were very pro Khan early, but it was like they made a switch and became overly fair. The American boxing guys on Twitter I saw after the fight all had Khan winning.
One final question: are the disappointing recent performances by Wild Card fighters purely coincidental or is it the beginning of a trend?
I’m starting to wonder if Roach is losing his grip with these guys. They don’t seem to listen to him.
I heard a radio show during the week where one of the people who trains there was saying that it’s got a little bit too Hollywood – a lot of hangers on and big egos, and not so much just a place of work anymore.
Just look at where Manny is now versus where he was three or four years ago. His posse has probably doubled since then, and people say he looks forward to his karaoke concerts just as much as his fighting.
There was something on the 24/7 that I found interesting. Basically, someone said that Manny has people around to entertain him while he was having two goof balls box who weren’t in shape and he was just laughing at how fat they were.
And then, there was the rumor about his wife having issues with him because of cheating and she was going to leave him. And those stories have been around forever. I just wonder if Pac is focused.