Amir Khan says his re-match with Lamont Peterson will be ‘make or break’ for him. The Bolton boxer (2/11 to win the bout) lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight belts in a controversial points defeat to Peterson in December, but the furore surrounding the decision has led to an immediate re-match in Las Vegas in May and Khan is aware just how big a contest this is for him.
“It’s a make or break fight for me. It will open a lot of doors if I beat Peterson (7/2 to win the bout) and bring the titles back to Britain. It’s going to be a tough fight. The first one was amazing, one of the fights of the year."
Khan (11/8 to win on points) insists he has learned the lessons of that pre-Christmas defeat and won’t make them again. He added “We got our tactics wrong the first time around. I stuck in there too long and planted my feet too much. I should have just hit and moved and made him miss and made him pay. But I got involved too much and that cost me the fight.”
“Training went well last time but we did something different with the weight making and I was too heavy in the week of the fight, and I had to lose a bit more weight than usual. That didn’t help and I felt a bit weak. This time we’ll stick to basics and do what we do normally.”