Lamont Peterson has spoken about his decision to give Amir Khan a rematch for the IBF and WBA light-welterweight world title, saying that after weighing up his options it was the fight that made most sense (Peterson 3/1 to beat Khan).
Peterson took Khan’s world title belts in a highly controversial fight in December when the judges at ringside were accused of a hometown decision in favour of Washington native Peterson.
However, Peterson has insisted that the controversy had no bearing on his decision to award Khan a rematch.
“I feel really good about my decision,” said Peterson.
“I went over every option available to me in terms of the fights that were on the table. I weighed each one of them looking at the pros and the cons and at the end of the day this is the one that made the most sense all the way across the board.
“As champion, it has always been up to me what fight to take next. I was not persuaded by any of the controversy or anything else. I just can’t wait to fight.”
As for Khan (2/9 to beat Peterson), he cannot wait to get back in the ring with Peterson, saying he is “delighted” to have been given the chance of avenging his defeat. Khan will know the pressure really is on him to perform now, though, bearing in mind how much he has gone on about the injustice he suffered in the original fight in Washington. The rematch is scheduled to take place on May 19 in Las Vegas.