Lamont Goes on the Offensive

By Robert Ecksel on April 12, 2012
Lamont Goes on the Offensive
"If the ref knows the difference between a foul and a push, then I'll be okay with that."

Lamont Peterson is as ready for Amir Khan as he was when they first fought, perhaps even more so.

Peterson won a controversial split-decision when the two men met last December in DC, and blame for the loss extended in all directions.

On May 19 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, presumably neutral territory, Peterson and Khan will do it again.

Khan has still not fully accepted, or maybe not even partially accepted, the fact that he lost his IBF and WBA junior welterweight titles.

“He’s still out there saying he’s the champ,” Peterson told the BBC earlier today, “but he’s not. He’s over the place. Really, I don’t know what to make of him.”

Khan has said that he and Freddie Roach are adjusting his style to fight a smarter fight this time around.

Peterson says Khan’s style is too one-dimensional for any adjustments to make much of a difference.

“He’s either straight forward or straight back. That’s the way he fights, he’s not going to change it. He always fights the same.

“His strategy was to hit and move and I didn’t allow him to do it. It won’t be any different this time. He’ll hit and move and I’ll stay close and smother him.”

Referee Joe Cooper, not to mention the cat with the hat Mustafa Ameen, will not be anywhere near Las Vegas. And while noting is finalized, it looks Cooper might be replaced by “firm but fair” Joe Cortez.

For some inexplicable reason, Cortez doesn’t like infighting, which is like not liking uppercuts or footwork. Lamont is aware of Cortez’s reputation and realizes his quirks could prove to be an obstacle to fighting his fight.

“If the ref knows the difference between a foul and a push,” Peterson said, “then I’ll be okay with that. But if he doesn’t know the difference between a push and an elbow, I’ll have a problem with that.

“If the referee calls ‘break’ every time we get on the inside, I’ll have to change my strategy and do something different. The referee will be the key but I’m not worried about it either way. I’ll win the fight. I’ll do what I have to do.”

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