As the light Welterweight Title fight between Aamir Khan and Lamont Peterson ended, one would not have thought of the heavy-weight controversy involved in it. A three-directional approach developed among boxing fans; some stated the match to be draw, some claimed Aamir the winner and some emphasized upon Peterson’s new champion tag.
The championship outworked Peterson on volume of punches overall, 757 to 573, as well as power punches, 466 to 406. Whereas, the controversy is based on 2 grounds; one is that the referee Joe Cooper took two points away from Khan for “pushing” in round 7 and round 12 and the other claim that Khan has charged upon is that Peterson was given home advantage. Khan proposed a rematch which was accepted by Peterson and discussed homely by the two, sitting side-by-side in the George Washington Hospital. The date of rematch is yet to be announced.
“It was like I am against two people in there”, said Khan. “He was coming in with his head every time, lower and lower. I had to push him away because I was trying to stay away from his head”, he claimed.
Not being biased on behalf of patriotic Pakistani feelings for Khan, the accusation of “pushing while match” was baseless. And if it is not, then still power punch numerals can not brief the decision of a match in which it can be possibly made on other grounds. Peterson’s consistency and strength was also worth-seeing.
Fate of the Welterweight Title is yet to be decided in the upcoming and possibly most awaited match. Boxing fans are eager to know the real powerful, the real winner. But one thing that should necessarily be appreciated is the sportsman’s spirit of both the players, who not only embraced after the match, but also patted each other to wish luck for the second settlement and took photographs together. It is also seen that, despite all the controversies and accusations regarding this fight, Khan and Peterson avoided generating any controversy apart from match, through their words or actions.