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Both fighters have agreed to be subject to Olympic style drug testing which will include random blood and urine tests.
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“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. I want everyone to know that, 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. I told Khan after the press conference when I won that if it was up to me I would fight him on Sunday, but I had to get with my team to look at every option that was out there. I just want to be clear that I never said I wouldn’t fight him, but I wanted to take a look at everything that was out there before I made a decision. I’m happy with the terms of the fight. It’s at a neutral site and, when I beat him this time, he won’t have anything to complain about.”
“I’m delighted that I have finally been given the chance to avenge the result of my last fight,” said Khan. “It’s clear I wasn’t happy with what went on in the previous fight, but that takes nothing away from how Lamont Peterson fought. He showed tremendous heart that night, but now I have the chance to prove once and for all that I’m the very best in the division. I’m going to take care of business inside the ring and this fight is going to be just as exciting as the last one. The only difference is going to be in the outcome.”amir khan vs peterson 2 live stream
“I said before their first fight that this was an opportunity to see the two best super lightweights in the world compete at the highest level of the sport and neither Amir Khan nor Lamont Peterson disappointed the fans,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “To see them fight again so soon after their first match on neutral ground in Las Vegas is a treat for boxing fans around the world.”
“We are pleased with the decision to fight Khan for the second time,” said Barry Hunter, manager and trainer of Lamont Peterson. “I was extremely proud of Lamont with respect to this process. He took his time and looked at all of his options and he decided this was the best option available. Our preparation for this fight will be the same, it is going to be a hard fight and we will be ready for the challenge.”
“The Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan rematch is one of the most anticipated fights of 2012 and we’re delighted that HBO World Championship Boxing will be the television home for this encounter,” said Kery Davis, senior vice president programming, HBO Sports. “These two world class athletes are outstanding examples of perseverance and dedication.”
“All of us at Sky Sports are extremely excited about the crucial re-match between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan,” said Adam Smith, Executive Producer of Boxing on Sky Sports. “The first encounter was fabulous; moreover the reaction, controversy and questions coming out of that battle in Washington, add even more spice to the pot for their Vegas showdown on May 19. With David Price vs. Sam Sexton in Liverpool before THE most eagerly awaited rematch of the year from Las Vegas, May 19 will be a huge night for boxing fans on Sky Sports. There will be a bonus of extra programmes scheduled on Sky Sports during fight week too – including fascinating profiles on Peterson and Khan.”
When some people say ‘boxing saved my life,’ it’s nothing more than a cliché. When Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) says it, the phrase has a literal meaning. One of 12 children forced to grow up much too fast on the mean streets of Washington, DC, a 10-year old Lamont, along with his eight-year old brother Anthony, dealt with issues no child should have to. Left homeless and to fend for themselves as their father was in prison and their mother battled her own issue s, the brothers found salvation when they met Barry Hunter, a local boxing coach who treated them like they were his own children. Almost immediately, the brothers showed a gift for boxing. With hard work, and eventually a stable living environment, they shined as amateurs with Lamont nearly making the 2004 Olympics. By the end of 2005, the buzz was getting louder about Peterson; not just about his talent in the ring and his 15-0 professional record, but also about Lamont and his brother’s amazing story. A busy schedule of fights, an undefeated record and the compilation of numerous regional titles led to his steady rise in the 140 lb. ratings. Peterson got his shot at a world title in April of 2009 when he took on fellow unbeaten Willy Blain for the WBO Interim Junior Welterweight Title. A dominating performance by Peterson ended with Blain forced to retire due to injury in the seventh round. Peterson finally had a world title belt in his possession. In December of 2009, he got the opportunity to fight for the regular WBO title, but he was decisioned by Timothy Bradley and handed his first pro loss. Peterson would bounce back with a win in his next fight in April of 2010 before fighting to a 10 round draw with future Welterweight World Champion Victor Ortiz in December of 2010 (at Mandalay Bay). He earned his December 2011 world title shot against Khan with a 12th round knockout of Victor Cayo in an IBF elimination bout on July 29 of last year. On December 10, 2011, his title fight against Khan captivated the boxing world and all of Washington, DC. In one of the feel-good stories in all of sports last year, the hometown favorite but underdog Peterson won the unified world championship over the favored World Champion Khan not far from the mean streets that he and his brother had wandered homeless as children. After the struggles he endured to get to the top of the boxing world, taking away the titles that Peterson worked so hard for will be an extremely tall task for Khan.