10th February 2012
|Khan gets the rematch he wanted with Peterson|
Khan, 25, will attempt to regain his titles against Peterson, when the pair meet for a second time in the neutral venue of Las Vegas on May 19.
Peterson claimed Khan’s WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in his home city of Washington DC in what was one of the fights of 2011, but with the judge deducting him 2 points for pushing during the fight and the ‘Mystery man’ Mustafa Ameen palaver at ringside, a rematch was the best outcome for all involved including the fans.
Big announcement. KHAN. Vs
PETERSON May 19th, Mandalay Bay Hotel Vegas. At last I git the fight I
deserve, Big …”. Khan announces the fight on Twitter
“We have a deal, we are all set. This is going to be a big, and I mean a very big fight.” – said Schaefer.
“The first fight was a terrific fight, an all-action fight, a lot of controversy, a lot of questions surrounding it so this one here is hopefully going to clear up all these question marks.”
“Security will be very tight and Las Vegas is probably the best commission in the world and I know they are going to make sure that everything is going to be totally above board.
“I’ve already had conversations with the Las Vegas commission to make sure that it is going to be absolutely neutral ground for both fighters.
“We won’t see any men in hats sitting at the scorers’ table.”
Schaefer also paid tribute to Khan’s determination to get the fight on and confirmed the purse split would be equal.
“Amir very early on established that he would be happy to split all worldwide revenues 50/50, obviously a clear indication of how much Amir really wanted the fight.” he added.