Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson

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Capital Showdown
Khan vs peterson poster medium.jpg
Date 10 December 2011
Location United States Convention Center, Washington D.C.
Title(s) on the line WBA (Super) & IBF light welterweight championship

England Amir Khan vs. United States Lamont Peterson
King Khan Havoc
Tale of the tape
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England From Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.
26–1-0 (18 KO) Pre-fight record 29–1-1 (15 KO)
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
139 Weight 140
orthodox Style orthodox
WBA (Super) & IBF light welterweight champion Recognition

Result Peterson defeats Khan via split decision

Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson, billed as Capital Showdown, was a boxing match for Khan's WBA (Super) & IBF light welterweight titles.[1][2] The fight took place in the Convention Center in Washington, D.C., United States, on 10 December 2011. Khan was making the first defense of his IBF belt against his mandatory challenger.[3]

Build-up[edit]

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced in a conference in London to officially kick off "Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson".

The tour touts an HBO-televised bout featuring WBA (Super) & IBF light welterweight champion Amir Khan of Bolton, England, in the first defense of his IBF belt against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson of Washington, D.C., which was slated for December 10 in Peterson's home town.

Khan had won eight consecutive fights, four of them by knockout. Peterson won an IBF eliminator with a 12th-round stoppage of Victor Cayo (26-2, 18 KOs) in July, earning the organization's No. 1 contender status and the right to challenge Khan.

Fight[edit]

The fight was fought in front of a packed house at the Convention Center, with an announced audience of 8,647. After an extremely close, evenly matched fight for 12 rounds, the heavily pro-Peterson crowd was thrilled by the split decision announced in Peterson's favor. Khan scored a knockdown in the first round, but was penalized twice by Referee Joe Cooper, once for excessive shoving with the forearm and later for hitting on the break. The points proved to be the difference on the two scorecards that favored Peterson.[4]

Controversy[edit]

After the bout Khan complained about the referee[5] and made accusations of impropriety that the judges' scorecards had been "interfered with"[6] by a man at ringside who celebrated with Peterson after the decision. This man was later identified as Mustafa Ameen, a figure affiliated to the IBF but who had no apparent reason to be involved. Khan's camp launched an appeal with the IBF in December principally on the grounds of "miscalculation of the scoring" and "inappropriate conduct by officials" and in January 2012, after reviewing the evidence, the WBA ordered a rematch.[7]

Despite rumors, on 3 March 2012, the WBA did not reinstate Khan as the WBA Super Light-welterweight Champion.[8]

However, on 8 May 2012, it emerged that Peterson failed a drugs test, testing positive for a banned substance thought to be synthetic testosterone,[9][10] and the rematch has since been called off.[11]

Main card[edit]

Televised[edit]

Untelevised[edit]

  • Light Welterweight bout: United States Anthony Peterson vs. Nigeria Daniel Attah
    • Peterson defeats Attah via unanimous decision.
  • Super Middleweight bout: Dominican Republic Fernando Guerrero vs. United States Robert Kliewer
    • Guerrero defeats Kliewer by TKO at 0:45 of round 5.
  • Lightweight bout: Republic of Ireland Jamie Kavanagh vs. Dominican Republic Ramesis Gil
    • Fight ends in a majority decision.
  • Welterweight bout: United States Dusty Harrison vs. United States Terrell Davis
    • Harrison defeats Davis by KO of round 1.
  • Lightweight bout: United States Terron Grant vs. United States Dashawn Autry
    • Grant defeats Autry by KO of round 1.
  • Lightweight bout: United States Joshua Davis vs. United States Christopher Russell
    • Davis defeats Russell via unanimous decision.

International broadcasting[edit]

Country Broadcaster
 Australia Main Event
 Czech Republic Sport 1
 France Canal+
 Hungary Sport 2
 Indonesia tvOne
 Italy Sportitalia
 Malaysia Astro
 New Zealand Sky
 Pakistan Geo TV
 Philippines AKTV
 Poland Polsat Sport
 Portugal Sport TV
 Romania Sport.ro
 Qatar Al Jazeera Sports
 Russia NTV Plus
 South Africa SuperSport
 United Kingdom Sky Sports
 United States HBO

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Preceded by
vs. Zab Judah
Amir Khan's bouts
17 September 2011
Succeeded by
vs. Danny Garcia
Preceded by
vs. Victor Manuel Cayo
Lamont Peterson's bouts
10 December 2011
Succeeded by
[to be determined]