Dan Rafael of ESPN.com tweets tonight that both Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan are ready and willing to do a rematch after Peterson's stunning upset win over Khan tonight in Washington, DC:
Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO) won a debated split decision tonight in Washington, DC, benefiting from two referee point deductions against Khan (26-2, 18 KO) for shoving. The fight had tons of good action and with the controversy, does beg for a rematch.
And, indeed, a rematch is what makes the most sense for both men. It will be good money, no matter where they do it, and if HBO wants it, then everyone wins right now. Khan took a hit in stock tonight, but as I've said in the post-fight thread and on Twitter, Amir Khan is welcome on my TV any time. Forget the stupid odds for this fight -- Amir Khan took a legit fight, lost a close one, and once again tested himself against a legitimate opponent. To me, Amir Khan is a man's man who fights tough and fights hard. I'm all for more Amir Khan.
The sooner we can convince the boxing public at large that a loss is not the end of the world for any fighter, the better. Lamont Peterson proved he's legit tonight. Khan proved again that he can fight and isn't looking for easy wins. Do it again. Make it happen.