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Boxing Betting Lines: If you’re betting on boxing this week, BookMaker is only online sportsbook that can meet your wagering needs. BookMaker is where the line originates so cash in on the best live boxing odds! The bout between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The event can be viewed on HBO.
Boxing Betting Online: Golden Boy Promotions is touting the Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan rematch as one of the most-anticipated fights of the year. The bout will go down Saturday, May 19 in Las Vegas as the headliner of HBO's "World Championship Boxing" event.
The reason everyone can’t wait to see Peterson-Khan II is because the first fight in December was so controversial. Peterson snatched Kahn’s WBA and IBF light welterweight belts behind a split-decision victory.
Despite the bout being held in Peterson’s hometown of Washington D.C., Kahn came into it as the heavy favorite because he was the reigning champ. The British boxer dropped Peterson to the mat twice in the first round, but ultimately lost on judges’ split scoring of 113-112, 113-112 and 110-115.
Khan’s team immediately appealed the loss for a variety of reasons.
The first bit of controversy stemmed from a pair of point deductions given by referee Joe Cooper. Khan was docked a point for pushing in the seventh and final round. Khan claimed that Peterson kept coming in low, which prompted the push-offs, but that his opponent was never warned for head butts.
Additional drama came from judge George Hill's scoring of the seventh round. On the card Hill initially wrote in a 10-10 split but that was crossed out and replaced with a 10-8 in Peterson's favor.
Lastly, a “mystery man” approached a WBA scoring supervisor during the fight. Khan contends that person, who was later identified as Mustafa Ahmeen, influenced the scoring.
Without the two point deductions, Khan would have retained the WBA and IBF titles via unanimous decision. Khan eventually dropped the appeal but the WBA ordered a rematch in early March, citing "multiple irregularities" from the first fight.
The rematch took ample time to iron out. The more high-profiled Khan had to offer more than a fare share of the fight revenue before Peterson would agree.
Khan said Peterson didn't want to box again because he knows he got beat the first time. But Khan admitted the experience made him a "more mature fighter" and he is already guaranteeing an overwhelming victory in May.
"This time there will be no mistakes,” said Khan. “I will either knock the guy out or win convincingly on points and bring the titles back home."
Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) has a remarkable success story. He and his brother grew up homeless on the streets of Washington D.C. before boxing coach Barry Hunter started mentoring and training them. Both brothers became boxing legends in the nation’s capital.
The 28-year-old Peterson stands at 5-foot-9 and has a 74-inch reach. He did well in the first fight by cutting down the distance between himself and Khan, which allowed him to take advantage of his great power. Peterson must be the aggressor once again to have a shot in Las Vegas.
Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) became the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist in the nation’s history at Athens in 2004, winning the silver medal at age 17. Now 25 years old, Khan is renowned for his superior speed and lightning-quick combos.
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