• Light-welterweight

Khan still keen to face Peterson

ESPN staff
June 25, 2012
Amir Khan would love a rematch with Lamont Peterson but on the condition the American is proven clean from any banned substances © Getty Images

Amir Khan has said he still wants to face Lamont Peterson but only if the American is proven to be free from any banned substances.

Khan lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles to Peterson last December in what was a controversial split decision defeat, and a rematch scheduled for May 19 was called off when Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

Khan, who said Peterson should be banned for life for his misdemeanour, will now face WBC champion Danny Garcia in Las Vegas on July 14 in a contest that has been heating up nicely.

And in the lead-up to that fight Khan has said he would not rule out facing Peterson again in a bid to avenge a defeat which he felt hugely aggrieved by.

"I would love to [fight Peterson again] because at the end of the day it was a great fight, a great fight for the fans," Khan told eastsideboxing.com.

"I would love to fight Lamont Peterson again if he is off steroids, but if he is still on them he is a threat to my career and my life.

"Other than that if it's going to be fair and he's not going to take anything, it will be an easy win for us.

"I think that's what kept him in the fight so long, because if he was not on anything I think I would have stopped him in a couple of rounds.

"It shows that it helps an opponent when you take banned substances."

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