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What's Next for Lamont?

Sooo... like it or not, Lamont Peterson is now the Unified IBF and WBA Jr. Welterweight World Champion. So what's next? Some people including Lamont Peterson himself believes he should give Khan an immediate rematch. Sure, why not? He will make another generous payday and he's a game fighter (like Shane Mosley) who would (and has) fight any fighter at any time. However, here's the long and short: if Lamont Peterson fights Khan again he will make a good paycheck, but if he loses to Khan he will fall back into contender obscurity and who knows when he'll get another shot?

If the roles were reversed here's what probably would have happened: Khan would have moved up to 147 all along bragging about how good he was and how though it was a tough fight he never wanted to stay at 140 or fight smaller fish like Peterson who are good but not good enough to give him a challenge or a paycheck. He would cite how he's always been after Floyd and the big fish and would want to fight at Welterweight. And in essence, he would never rematch Peterson until years later if the money is right (and his team would carefully protect him from certain fighters) such as the case with Maidana and Prescott.


Right now Peterson is on the thrown. He has two belts, world acclaim, and the chance to make millions for years to come. If it were up to me I'd say he should hold off on Khan because he took so long to get where he was. He should make a few title defenses to earn money and acclaim. Then meanwhile he can sit and wait on the winner of Maidana vs. Alexander, Ortiz vs. Berto, maybe Pacquiao vs. Mayweather (even though it was sparring he did apparently beat up Floyd in a two day sparring session while Floyd was preparing for Marquez in Las Vegas), or make a few defenses and unify with Timothy Bradley in a rematch (okay, not a money maker but name/glory maker). I feel Peterson has earned the right to make millions, to be on the best p4p list, and to pick and choose his opponents for a little while.

Some fighters are given a red carpet (De La Hoya, Leonard, Khan) and some have to earn it the hard way (Hearns, Hagler, Pryor). Peterson belongs to the latter and should hold on and work smartly as long as he can. The fighter in me LOVES Shane Mosley. He never backed down from a challenge. When he was on top of the world he DIDN'T have to fight Vernon Forrest, a tall rangy boxer with power and HIGH ring IQ, and he certainly didn't have to fight him twice. The same goes with Winky Wright. And no one would have forced him to fight a Prime Cotto (something Floyd, Pacquiao, and any modern "Great" hasn't done) and even after that fight Mosley had called him out for years for a rematch. However, Mosley didn't know how and/or did not want to stay on top of the mountain for long the way Floyd does (market himself, pick and choose his competition, and look spectacular while doing it). In the end many fans ridicule him for having nothing and having "losses." ( An aside: Mosley has fought Winky, Oscar twice [better version that fought Floyd and Pacquiao], Cotto [better version that fought Pacquiao], Vargas, Mayorga, Collazo, Margarito... and grant it these are top fighters that are 1 or 2 generations apart!) Peterson can learn from Mosley and milk a cow for what it's worth for now, and then cash out later. Or more so Peterson can take a page out of Floyd and Khan's book and bask in the limelight while carefully guiding their career and business. That's just me. Whaddaya think??

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