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In one word that would be how I would describe the fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson.
Simply a fantastic fight. After a rough first round for Peterson, where he had a slip and was knocked down, he had a solid second round. After the second round though it was “on”. Peterson began to masterfully work Khan to the body. Khan didn’t pay nearly as much attention to Peterson’s body, but work upstairs with awesome hand speed that Peterson had trouble with the entire fight.
The fight had numerous ebbs and flows as Peterson would take control and back Khan against the ropes with hard shots to the body and once against the ropes he would gash Khan with vicious uppercuts. Khan would respond to this by pushing Peterson off of him, repeatedly. Eventually Khan would be penalized a point in round 7 (justified, in my opinion) and against in round 12 (slightly less justified). Khan would turn the tables and use his superior hand speed and quickness to throw multiple punch combinations and jump out of reach before Peterson would mount any counter attack.
Throughout the exchanges it appeared that Khan clearly had the faster hands and Peterson was demonstrably better on the inside.
The point deductions unfortunately had an impact on an otherwise action packed and exciting fight. Read the rest of this entry »
It was a decent night of boxing on HBO.
First up was the Victor Ortiz-Lamont Peterson fight.
This fight started slowly, very, very slowly.
Ortiz won three of the first four rounds on my card, but they were very hard to score. Little action with the exception of the 3rd which Ortiz knocked Peterson down twice and had an easy 10-7 round.
After the 3rd and a 10-7 round and a, seemingly, insurmountable lead on the scorecards Ortiz became comfortable. Too comfortable.
Peterson began gaining confidence starting in the last 30 seconds to a minute of the 4th, a round in which he lost, but showed vast improvement.
It showed in the fact that I had Peterson win the next five straight rounds.
Some think that if you are the aggressor, consistently coming forward and throwing power punches that you are winning the round. I am not one of these people.
Ortiz showed he was the aggressor, but he wasn’t coming forward effectively. Peterson was regularly dodging and ducking with fantastic head movement and danced around the ring beautifully.
When it was all said and done I had thought Peterson did enough to work a draw from the jaws of defeat.
Turns out I was right.
My score: 94-94
Judges scores: 95-93 Peterson, 94-94 twice
The main event of Marcos Maidana-Amir Khan was a great fight. One of the best of the year. Read the rest of this entry »