MANILA, Philippines – British boxing star Amir “King” Khan is still willing to take on American boxer Lamont Peterson in a rematch of their December 2011 encounter – but only on certain conditions.
“I would love to, because at the end of the day, it was a great fight, a great fight for the fans,” Khan said in an interview with East Side Boxing.
“I would love to fight Lamont Peteson again – if he is off steroids. But if he is still on them, he is a threat to my career and to my life,” Khan added.
Peterson defeated Khan via a controversial split decision to win the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation light-welterweight belts, and they were supposed to meet in a rematch last May.
But the fight was cancelled when Peterson tested positive for an illegal substance. Khan is now set to fight World Boxing Council light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia in July.
The British star said he will only fight Peterson again if the American is no longer using banned substances.
“Other than that, if it’s going to be fair and he’s not going to take anything, it will be an easy win for us,” Khan said.
“I think that’s what kept him in the fight for so long, because if he was not on anything, I think I would have stopped him in a couple of rounds,” he added.
“It shows that it helps an opponent when you take banned substances.”
Khan said he knew that there was “something wrong” in the fight against Peterson because of the American boxer’s different approach.
“We knew from day one that there was something there that I have never seen before. In the fight against me, he was coming forward, and we have never seen him come forward so much and be so aggressive,” Khan said.
“I knew there was something wrong in that fight, and I’m glad the Nevada commission, the anti-doping (agency) caught him and is cleaning up the sport of boxing,” he added.
But Khan is now focused on his upcoming bout against Garcia, an unbeaten boxer.
“Danny Garcia brings a lot to the table, really,” he said. “He is unbeaten, he has the WBC title, and I think when a fighter’s unbeaten, he has a lot of confidence.”
“I’m sure he does not want to taste defeat, so at the end of the day, we are going to train hard, because I have tasted defeat before and I don’t want to taste defeat again,” Khan said.