This coming Saturday on December 10th, Amir Khan makes the seventh defense of his WBA junior welterweight world title at the Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. His opponent for this affair is the talented Lamont Peterson, a superb boxer/puncher with a career record of 29 victories, 15 kayos, against one (majority) draw and one defeat.
Peterson’s lone draw speaks volumes about his strength of character and physical resilience. Peterson’s draw came against the power punching Victor Ortiz who managed to drop Peterson twice in the third round. After he hit the canvas for the second time, it seemed apparent to all that Peterson would not last the round. He looked to be just one punch away from fistic oblivion. Yet, to the utter astonishment of those in attendance, he survived Ortiz’s brutal attack, and even managed to stage a minor rally with less than half a minute to go.
As the fight went on into the later rounds, the will and power of Ortiz simply overwhelmed Peterson. Peterson went into strict survival mode, hoping to just go the distance, forsaking any chance of victory. When the fight was over, the judges inexplicably ruled it a majority draw, which was a gift for Peterson and a huge disappointment for Ortiz. As the fans vociferously booed the decision, Peterson knew he had definitely dodged a bullet, so to speak.
Amir Khan brings a much larger and more varied skill set to the ring than Ortiz. Ortiz is a big puncher with some boxing skills, whereas Amir Khan is the entire package. The Brit from Bolton, Lancashire is listed at 5’10” but is in fact several inches taller than that. The problem for Peterson is that in Khan, he is facing a vastly superior opponent with outstanding boxing skills. Khan is looking to beat Peterson in an impressive fashion.
With Ortiz, Peterson knew from the outset that the Oxnard, California knockout artist would be coming straight at him. The book on Ortiz has always been to give him lateral movement, which he has had trouble with throughout his career. Ortiz, like most bombers, often leaves himself wide open for counter shots. Also, Ortiz is not a very good defensive fighter, which is why he uses his offense as his defense. Floyd Mayweather Jr. rendered Ortiz completely ineffective by continually circling the ring, forcing Ortiz to concentrate more on his footwork than throwing bombs at the Money Man.