Lamont Peterson upset Amir Khan tonight in Washington, DC, via split decision. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Lamont Peterson stunned the boxing world and the oddsmakers who had Amir Khan over a -1000 favorite tonight, winning a split decision on scores of 113-112, 113-112, and 111-114, winning the WBA and IBF junior welterweight titles at home in Washington, DC.
Edit: The 114-111 card that was announced was actually 115-110 for Khan.
Any criticism should lie with referee Joe Cooper, who at times looked a bit unprepared for a fight of this level, having a tough time scoring a knockdown of Peterson in the first round when Peterson went down once and it was ruled a slip, and went down again on what may have been another slip.
Cooper also deducted two points from Khan during the fight, which would up the difference on both of the cards that went to Peterson. If not for those deductions, both debatable and for shoving, Khan would have won on scores of 116-111 and 114-113 twice.
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Bad Left Hook scored the fight 113-112 for Khan. Both fighters did well, but overall you probably have to consider Peterson as the better performer tonight. He did terrific body work, and gave Khan fits through much of the fight, forcing the Brit to get on his bike very often.
After the fight, Peterson said he would give Khan a rematch.
Folks, this was the Upset of the Year in boxing, without question, and this was a damn good fight. The oddsmakers who favored Khan so heavily obviously didn't give Lamont Peterson enough credit.
After the fight, Khan said he was fighting against two people, and said, "I was the cleaner fighter. He was a wild fighter. ... He gave me the warning, but I couldn't do anything. He was coming in so low." Khan also said he found out tonight why there hasn't been big boxing in 20 years in DC.
There is some controversy, but what we know is this: There was a damn good fight tonight, and Lamont Peterson was Amir Khan's equal.