Originally posted on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 12/10/11

Nick says...

There were originally scheduled to be two big fights in two different parts of the world today, but Wladimir Klitschko finally met a foe he couldn't jab and right hand his way past - that'd be a kidney stone - so we're left with just one. Fortunately it's not a bad one, at least on paper, as Amir Khan tries to continue his ascent to the very top of the sport by getting past Lamont Peterson.

This is Khan's third appearance in a boxing ring in 2011, and he looked very sharp in his previous two outings. He was simply too much for Paul McCloskey in every facet of the game in April, and it took him only five rounds to dispose of Zan Judah in July. King Khan seemingly continues to improve each time out, yet at age 25, there's a sense that his best is still in front of him.

That could be bad news for Peterson, though he shouldn't be as outgunned as McCloskey and definitely doesn't have the same mileage on him as Judah. He's also just two years older than Khan and will be fighting in his birthplace of Washington D.C.

Peterson has enough of a reach advantage and the boxing skills to try to keep the fight on the outside if he so chooses. Yet Khan is no slouch in terms of technique thanks to the tutelage of Freddie Roach, and he appears to be faster and stronger.

He also hits harder than Peterson, which could end up being the American's biggest problem. Peterson has a bad habit of getting knocked down by his toughest opponents (Timothy Bradley did it once and Victor Ortiz twice), and even though he's proven to be pretty resilient, he may not get up if he ends up on the canvas tonight.

The fact that Peterson lacks his own single shot power means he's unlikely to be able to take advantage of the one thing that may still be Khan's Achilles heel, which is his chin. It's troublesome to this writer that Peterson has gone on record saying he saw enough in Khan's 2008 KO loss to Breidis Prescott to know he can take out Khan. Yes, it's probably bravado to some extent, but Khan isn't the same fighter he was three years ago, and Peterson is definitely not the kind of come-forward slugger as Prescott.

So with Peterson no certainty to out-box Khan and having even less chance of checking Amir's chin, that leaves him facing an uphill battle. Kind views from the home judges may hep him in close rounds, but I don't see enough of them to make a difference. A knockdown is in the cards as Khan wins a medium-sized unanimous decision.

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