After trying to find a bigger option (Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather), Lamont Peterson agreed to have a rematch with Amir Khan on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This week, these two are having their promotional tour. It seems that these two have also agreed to do Floyd-style drug testing. Olympic-style testing is a bit of a misnomer because that would include at least a year of random drug testing, not just testing during the fight buildup. Anyways, it seems like both fighters are happy to face each other again and they don't have much animosity left over from the first fight.
"I feel really good about my decision," said Peterson. "I went over every option available to me in terms of the fights that were on the table. I weighed each one of them looking at the pros and the cons and at the end of the day this is the one that made the most sense all the way across the board. I want everyone to know that, as champion, it has always been up to me what fight to take next. I was not persuaded by any of the controversy or anything else. I just can't wait to fight. I told Khan after the press conference when I won that if it was up to me I would fight him on Sunday, but I had to get with my team to look at every option that was out there. I just want to be clear that I never said I wouldn't fight him, but I wanted to take a look at everything that was out there before I made a decision. I'm happy with the terms of the fight. It's at a neutral site and, when I beat him this time, he won't have anything to complain about."
"I'm delighted that I have finally been given the chance to avenge the result of my last fight," said Khan. "It's clear I wasn't happy with what went on in the previous fight, but that takes nothing away from how Lamont Peterson fought. He showed tremendous heart that night, but now I have the chance to prove once and for all that I'm the very best in the division. I'm going to take care of business inside the ring and this fight is going to be just as exciting as the last one. The only difference is going to be in the outcome."
Probably the only other interesting news is that Sky Sports will be carrying this fight and it will be part of a double-header with Price vs. Sexton.
"All of us at Sky Sports are extremely excited about the crucial re-match between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan," said Adam Smith, Executive Producer of Boxing on Sky Sports. "The first encounter was fabulous; moreover the reaction, controversy and questions coming out of that battle in Washington, add even more spice to the pot for their Vegas showdown on May 19. With David Price vs. Sam Sexton in Liverpool before THE most eagerly awaited rematch of the year from Las Vegas, May 19 will be a huge night for boxing fans on Sky Sports. There will be a bonus of extra programmes scheduled on Sky Sports during fight week too - including fascinating profiles on Peterson and Khan."
Personally, I'm looking forward to this fight because it will be interesting to see if Khan can adjust. Will he figure out how to beat Lamont or will it be similar to Salido - Lopez II where the hyped fighter simply cannot fight a different way.
Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, are available for purchase at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations.