Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan are ready to go again on May 19. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Just days after one great rematch between Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez, junior welterweights Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan got together in London to hype their second fight on May 19, and both kept it pretty simple: This fight, titled "No Doubt," will settle the score between the two men.
Khan said he's not going to repeat his mistakes from the first fight,and that he's entered camp two weeks earlier than normal to get himself ready to reclaim the WBA and IBF titles.
"I made a few mistakes in the first fight but I still felt I won it. It was tough and the next one will be even tougher because we know what to expect from each other. ... We'll see a different Amir Khan for this fight. I'll be explosive, as always, and maybe this fight can be one of the fights of the year too."
Peterson says that he's not looking for a trilogy, because he's planning to win again:
"No, there will be no third fight. That can only happen if I lose and I know I will win this fight. Two to nothing. It’s settled. There is no rematch clause."
This rematch comes with a lot more expectation attached. Few saw Peterson as a major threat to Khan the first time around; even though he'd proven he could fight before, he'd never won a big fight, and Khan was in the Mayweather discussion for 2012 at the time. This time, people are expecting a good fight, and a tough one to pick (oddsmakers had Khan between -1100 and -1333 the first time out). It's a whole new ballgame, one where Peterson is seen as a legit top guy, and Khan comes in with more questions between the two.