Former WBA super light welterweight champion Amir Khan is currently targeting a rematch with current champ Lamont Peterson, and the British boxer is getting tired of waiting. Peterson took Khan’s title late last year, and Amir has been trying to secure a rematch ever since.
Peterson is yet to agree to the terms of a rematch, prompting Khan to issue a three-day ultimatum to the Washington D.C. native.
If Amir isn’t able to secure a fight against Peterson, he’ll try his luck with former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz. Khan beat Ortiz as an amateur, and he’s hoping to do the same as a pro.
“I fought him [Ortiz] as an amateur, 16 or 17 [years-old] I was,” Khan said. “We were young then. He was the champion of America and going to the qualifications for the Olympics. I fought him just before that and I stopped him in the second round. The score was like 22-2, [they stopped it on] the twenty point rule. As a pro he developed so much power, speed and he’s come on a lot. It would be a fight that I would take. I wouldn’t say no to it. When we were at 140, we were looking at fighting each other then. At 147, definitely, I think it would be an ideal fight for me. He did beat Berto and I just heard that his rematch with Berto was called off. Maybe my next fight could be against him, who knows.”
Ortiz was previously scheduled to face Andre Berto next, but a bicep injury suffered by the latter forced that arrangement to be cancelled. With Berto out, Ortiz is free to set up a bout against Khan, and the fact they’re both handled by Golden Boy Promotions certainly makes things easier.
I personally would rather see a rematch between Khan and Peterson, but a bout against Ortiz does have the potential for some fireworks.