It was a great close fight, they both looked pretty gassed the last couple of rounds as expected. I thought Khan was clutching too much and then pushing Peterson away but to deduct 2 points for that was BS. Peterson was coming in low a lot so I could see a bit where Khan was coming from. The ref also called one of Peterson's slip/trips a knock down in the first round so it sort of evened out. Khan still should have won a close decision, he won the last 2 rounds, that's boxing for you. A rematch at a neutral site is in order, happy for Peterson though he has a good story and seems like a great guy. Now could we please get somebody to fight Sergio Martinez.
Khan would destroy Berto, I think Ortiz @ 147 would be a very tough fight if Ortiz comes in with the same mindset to fight inside like he did against Berto. If a rematch doesn't happen with Peterson, a fight against Ortiz is definitely who I would like to see next. Peterson did much better than I expected him to, I didn't score the fight while watching so I really don't know how I would've had it on the cards but I don't think its crazy to have Peterson get the win given the point deductions. The KO in the 1st was actually a pushdown from Khan's elbow after a glancing blow so I didn't really have a problem with the 1st point deduction, I think the 2nd should've been let go though. On another note, Tim Bradley looks even worse for ducking Khan because Peterson basically fought a low budget version of how Bradley fights and he was successful with it. Bradley would apply even more pressure and be more active on the inside while not just basically allowing Khan to score easy points with the combos to the head that Peterson was giving up. For him to pass up that Khan fight and then fight a washed up Casamayor he better have a clause in his contract to fight Pac and get that payday.
I think Peterson won the fight. He landed the harder, most effective shots and tore up Khan with body shots. The body shots were the key and I think if he landed even more he could have stopped Khan. Khan was all flash and as usual a primadona after the fight. I think the issue of the points taken from Khan was a non-factor as he should have lost points throughout the fight for putting Peterson in headlocks. I hope they have a rematch but I hope it's not in England so it can be a true rematch on the fighters' merits without the crazy crowd scene common with fights there. I actually think Peterson can win easier the next time as he can use the brawling strategy from the start instead of after three rounds.
I don't think Khan destroys Berto. To me once Khan gets touched up he loses all his power. He lands flashy combinations that don't hurt his opponent. Khan isn't going to be moving up to 147 for a little while now. That loss was a big step back for him. Ortiz Berto rematch I believe is set for Jan 28th. It seems as though Khan Peterson rematch is all but set.
Kahn allowed Peterson to get him on the ropes way too much. For a guy with his footwork & speed this is unacceptable. I did think Kahn won, however.
Somehow, when a championship fight is staged in an area which doesn't get many fights of this callibre, a "national" ref should be choosen. This local ref really factored in the verdict, unfairly. It wasn't his hometown bias as much as his inexperience in such a fight.
I'm not sure where that ref came from, I've never even seen him ref before, pretty surprising to have him reffing a big fight, you would figure with Golden Boy co-promoting this fight they would've secured a more known ref. As far as Berto, I'm not sure what you guys see in him. Terrible defense, awful footwork with his "karate stance", bad conditioning and stamina, I've long since given up on him as he hasn't improved on any of his flaws and he's long moved past the prospect stage. Me saying Khan would blow thru him has more to do with my lack of confidence in Berto than it has to do with Khan. Only way I could see Berto making it a fight is if he fought a Peterson/Maidana fight and I think he lacks the discipline to do so, and given how corner has managed him in fights I doubt they would follow that gameplan anyway.
Ive seen a few khan fights and while he has nice hand speed and footwork his defense lacks and he doesnt have a lot of pop in his punches. at 147 he`ll have even less power and power keeps your opponents honest. he is not strong enough to outbox fighters like bradley,ortiz or berto nevermind floyd or manny. khan is a very good fighter but he`s not beating the big boys. i think bradley would demolish him easy.
I'm not a big Berto fan for all the reasons you said. However like I said I'm not sure Khan beats him. Peterson isn't a big puncher and his shots had an effect on Khan. I think Berto could hurt Khan when he lands his power shots. After last night Khan took a real step back and isn't a legit opponent for Mayweather. The winner of Berto vs Ortiz rematch would be a good match for Khan.