Peterson's trainer not keen on rematch
MANILA, Philippines - Barry Hunter, the manager and trainer of new International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, is not keen on giving former champion Amir Khan an immediate rematch.
Peterson became the new champion last weekend after defeating Khan in one of the biggest boxing upsets of the year. He said afterward that he will be willing to give Khan a rematch.
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, Khan's promoter, has already offered Peterson and his team a rematch contract for May 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. [http://twitter.com/#!/danrafaelespn/status/146391171831312384]
But Hunter also told Rafael that "There is no need to go rushing into anything, or to be reckless in our decision making."
"It doesn't make sense to me or Lamont, I don't care what happens," Hunter told Boxing Scene in a separate interview. "I'm not going to let nobody bully us."
"I have got to do what is best and right for Lamont... A rematch has to make business sense," he added.
Hunter said Peterson has to be given time to take in what he has accomplished in beating Khan.
Peterson is also considering a rematch against World Boxing Organization light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, who gave him his only career defeat in 2009.
"For Bradley, anytime, any place," Peterson said in a RingTV.com interview. "You know, he's the only guy to defeat me, and I know that I can beat him, so I would love to fight him also."
As for Khan, Peterson said the deal for the rematch has to be right before he fights the British boxer again.
"Pretty much my team has to agree on everything, so we'll have to sit down and have our talk and see where we go from here," he said.