WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain’s Amir Khan wants to bring boxing back to the U.S. capital.
On Dec. 10, the junior welterweight champion will fight top challenger and D.C. native Lamont Peterson inside the city’s convention center. It’s Washington’s first fight since former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson lost to Kevin McBride in 2005.
It will be Khan’s first bout since he improved to 26-1 with a fifth-round knockout of Zab Judah on July 23 that unified the WBA and IBF titles. He agreed to fight Peterson in Washington after enjoying a previous visit to the city that included a Sept. 10 White House dinner.
Peterson is 29-1-1 with 15 knockouts, his last fight being a 12th round knockout of Victor Cayo on July 29. He says the fight is a dream come true.