Friday, September 16, 2011

Could Khan-Peterson Land in DC?

There are a lot of rumblings going around about this one. Unified Junior Welterweight champion Amir Khan told's Dan Rafael that he would like one more bout at 140 pounds before moving up to welterweight, and that bout looks like it's going to be against DC's own Lamont Peterson. The bout would take place on Saturday, December 10 and would be televised by HBO.

There are a number of locations being discussed for the bout and DC is apparently very high on the list. Khan recently visited the Nation's Capital during a visit by American Muslim athletes. Even though Khan is from England, he trains regularly in the United States, primarily at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Khan said he enjoyed the city and is willing to fight here. Constitution Hall, which last hosted a boxing card in March of 2002, would possibly be the venue.

Peterson was offered a shot at Khan after his draw with Victor Ortiz (who fights Floyd Mayweather, Jr. this Saturday) back in December but turned it down because of the money and the terms of the rematch clause. Now, Peterson is one of Khan's mandatory challengers which means he can turn down the rematch clause if he desires.

In a related development, Washington Examiner Columnist Thom Loverro says that should the Khan-Peterson bout take place here, Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth Mitchell would be added to the card, provided he wins tonight in Las Vegas.


Anonymous said...

I hope this happens. I have been waiting for another big show to come to dc

Anonymous said...

I will believe it when I see it. DC has snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory too many times, when it comes to boxing, for me to get excited just yet.

Good luck to them, however. Not having any casino money behind the effort makes it a long, uphill climb.

Anonymous said...

Nice of you to try to stir interest but no way this fight takes place in DC.After all the fiasco's the DC commission has been involved in nobody would bring a fight like that here.

Anonymous said...

according to espn both fighters and schaefer want it here. try being positive for once