Old school, courageous, unafraid, etc… Those are just a few of the many words and phrases that can be used to describe IBF and WBA 140-pound world champion Amir Khan. Every boxer can take lessons from this British sensation, who is willing to fight anyone anywhere.
Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) will put both of his titles on the line against Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs). But here’s the catch. The fight will be held on December 10 in Peterson’s hometown of Washington, D.C on HBO’s Championship Boxing.
Sounds crazy, right? Khan, who is arguably the class of the 140-pound division, probably had his choice of places to fight Peterson. He instead chose to take the bout to Peterson’s stomping grounds.
"I always said that I wanted to be active and a true World Champion and I will prove it again on December 10,” said Khan. “I know Lamont is a strong contender but it doesn't matter that I'm fighting him in his backyard, I'm coming in as the champion and will leave as the champion."
This isn’t the first time Khan has been willing to put everything on the line to get the best fights. He offered Tim Bradley a boatload of money to fight him last July. Khan was willing to split the British TV money in half with Bradley. Bradley, who was embroiled in a dispute with his former promoter Gary Shaw at the time, turned down the offer.
It was generous move on the part of Khan, who is clearly the bigger draw of the two.
Khan then moved on to Zab Judah, who he took care of in short order. Many will make the argument that Judah wasn’t up to the task, but you can’t deny that Khan took a chance fighting a boxer the caliber of Judah.
Khan has embraced the idea of fighting in the nation’s capital.
"[It’s been] 18 years since HBO has had a fight here. That's a long time,” said Khan. "Hopefully we'll bring boxing back to Washington, and maybe this will be the first of many fights here.”
It remains to be seen if this bout can bring boxing back to Washington D.C. At the very least, local fight fans should have an entertaining night.