MANILA, Philippines – Reigning world junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson of the United States is confident that he can successfully defend his titles against British boxing star Amir "King" Khan on May 19 in Las Vegas.
"I've got a rematch going on with Khan. I want to get that out of the way for myself," Peterson said in an interview with RingTV.
Last December, Peterson pulled off a minor upset when he defeated Khan via decision to annex the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association junior welterweight belts.
But members of Khan's team felt the win was controversial, as the boxer was deducted two points for "excessive pushing," which eventually played a factor in his points loss. A rematch was eventually ordered.
Peterson wants to defeat Khan in a convincing manner this time around.
"I won the big fight, but that's not it... I always wanted to be in a rematch," he said. "I just want to go out there and show that I can pretty much do anything to win."
"I just think that I'll control the fight. He can come up with any game plan that he wants, but I’m the better fighter and I'll make adjustments. I'll control the fight and I'll win the fight," Peterson added.
Peterson noted that in their previous match, he "put a lot of pressure" on Khan, but this time, he wants to showcase his improvements and show that he is a complete fighter.
"If it comes down to a knockout, then I'll win by knockout. If it's a decision, then I'll be winning a decision," he said.
"I just know that I'll control the fight all the way through and I’ll be the winner."