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Khan camp reveal Peterson snub

ESPN staff
March 6, 2013
Lamont Peterson got his career back on track against Kendall Holt © Getty Images

Lamont Peterson turned down a big money offer to fight Amir Khan, the Brit's business manager has claimed.

Peterson inflicted the second defeat of Khan's career when getting the verdict in December 2011. It is a result Khan has always questioned and he has made no secret of his desire to seek out a rematch.

Khan went on to lose his next fight against Danny Garcia, but has since got his career back on track with victory over Carlos Molina and will meet Julio Diaz in Sheffield on April 27.

It would appear that Peterson had the chance to be Khan's next opponent, but the American - who recently returned from suspension with a win over Kendall Holt - snubbed the approach.

"Peterson was offered a lot of money to come to the UK but he turned it down," Khan's business manager Asif Vali said.

Vali also approached Ricky Hatton's recent conquerer Vyacheslav Senchenko but that deal fell through late on.

Despite missing out on Peterson, Khan is still determined to avenge that loss and the one to Garcia.

"I still want to fight at 140 pounds and win titles before I look at stepping up," Khan said. "I am still happy at this weight but not many fighters want to take me on.

"The main two I want are Peterson and Garcia but they couldn't happen this time."

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