Amir Khan's post-fight reaction hasn't been the most graceful, but at the same time he's got a right to be upset about last night's stunning and so far highly debated loss to Lamont Peterson in Washington, DC. Peterson won on scores of 113-112, 113-112, and 110-115.
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After the fight, Khan said that he wants the rematch of the fight to take place in his backyard, in England:
"He won the fight tonight, and I'm ready for a rematch, anywhere. I came to DC, now let's take the fight to the UK. Let's see if he has the same balls as me."
Khan (26-2, 18 KO) is going to get the rematch. That's already been pretty much agreed to by both sides, and HBO wants it, too. Whether or not he gets his wish for it to take place in the United Kingdom is another story.
But for his part, new WBA and IBF titleholder Peterson says he'd do it ... if everything makes sense for him:
"I wouldn't mind doing it. The deal would have to be right. Everything would have to be right. I have no problem with it."
Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO) and his manager/trainer Barry Hunter really, really should, in my view, fight to dictate where this rematch takes place. A rematch in Washington, DC, this time at the better-equipped Verizon Center, would make sense.
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Get everyone together and agree on officials. Get an international referee approved by everyone. Get judges approved by everyone. Get the teams together and make it happen.
This should absolutely not be a hard fight to make, no matter where they put it. It was a really good fight, both guys have balls -- no matter what Khan says -- and there's a score to settle. But I think you can believe Lamont Peterson here: If the money is big in the UK, he'll go. Whether or not HBO has anything to say about that (they're not wild on international travel or live afternoon shows) could be another part of the equation.