After a 20 year absence of major boxing in Washington, D.C tonight two major bouts returned boxing to the city, but not without making a little bit of news with the final fight of the night with Amir Kahn vs. Lamont Peterson.
Peterson won the bout with one judge scoring it 113-112 for Peterson. Another scores it 114-111 for Khan. The final judge scores it 113-112 for Peterson to give him the win. A victory that Kahn believes certainly was not the right decision and something he feels the judges could have given a little hometown favoritism towards with the two point penalties.
“There has never been boxing here in the last 20 years because this is what happens.” Khan added that he tried to fight fair, but Peterson ducked his head so low, which made life difficult for him and may have made it appear like he was pushing back.
The loss for Khan strips him of his IBF and WBA light welterweight crowns. The fight was controversial, though, because Khan was called for two point penalties for pushing Peterson.
Another hometown favorite, Seth Mitchell hailing from Brandywine, MD, continued his flawless record in a two round TKO of Timur Ibragimov. This fight was a little more decisive as Mitchell controlled this fight from the start and made another statement for the former college football player as the next best heavyweight in the game.
“I want everyone to know that I pack a mean punch and this fight proves that I can go the distance if needed or finish someone off in two rounds like I did tonight. For all of those people who said I have not gone longer than six round in the ring, this is one of the reasons why. He( Ibragimov) has gone 10 rounds before against other opponents not as tough and physical as me. I showed D.C tonight why I am a name you will be seeing for a long time to come,” said Mitchell.