On May 19 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Lamont Peterson will defend the WBA and IBF junior welterweight titles he won from Amir Khan in December, as the two go at it a second time to settle the score.
Here's ticket information for those interested in going, including info for our UK readers who think a May weekend in Vegas with an Amir Khan fight sounds like fun. Tickets go on sale Saturday at Noon PST (3 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. UK).
Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, will be available for purchase at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase atwww.mandaylaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase online at www.sportscorporation.com or by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.
In December, Peterson stunned the boxing world with a 12-round split decision win in Washington, DC, but it did not come without controversy and questions on both sides.
Referee Joe Cooper either finally did the job a referee was supposed to do, docking points from Khan for shoving constantly, or he was too intrusive, depending on who you were rooting for or how far you think a referee should go to enforce rules. There was the entire Man in the Hat saga, which ended with a threat of a lawsuit and never went anywhere else.
And then there was the scoring, which even accounting for the point deductions could easily have gone Khan's way, but didn't.
Putting all the BS, the post-fight complaining and whining and posturing aside, here's what we can remember fondly: It was a really good fight and a shocking upset, and a second go-round makes sense for both.
Also don't forget that the HBO co-feature is a good one, as junior welterweights Lucas Matthysse and Humberto Soto will square off.