Score a Knockout This Weekend With Khan-Peterson
Big-time boxing cards don’t come to the D.C. area that often; most of them are in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or other places that house gambling, or even in other countries.
But for the sports-fan renter in Northwest, or more aptly, the boxing-fan renter, this weekend’s an exception.
On December 10, Golden Boy Promotions (Oscar De La Hoya’s company) will present “Capital Showdown,” a night of boxing at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. British star Amir Khan is set to take on Washington, D.C., native Lamont Peterson in what figures to be a highly entertaining – and competitive – junior welterweight showdown for Khan’s WBA/IBF titles.
Now, even casual fight fans realize there are more titles in boxing than the late Liz Taylor had husbands (and you can only marry Richard Burton so many times). But Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) is a 2004 Olympic silver medalist and one of the sport’s rising stars, having rehabilitated himself from a first-round knockout defeat at the hands of Colombian slugger Breidis Prescott in September 2008 by reeling off eight wins in a row, including the Boxing Writers Association of America Fight of the Year last December against murderous-punching Marcos Maidana of Argentina.
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Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) can’t punch like Maidana, or probably even as hard as Prescott, but he’s got solid fundamentals, good speed and technical skill that trumps either of the aforementioned.
He’s also very lucky to have received a draw against big-punching Victor Ortiz on the undercard of Khan-Maidana last year after hitting the deck twice. That he got up and finished strongly against the powerful but at-times unfocused Ortiz says a lot about his heart and professionalism.
Fans will recall Ortiz’ last two fights, a WBC welterweight title-winning upset win over Andre Berto, where both hit the deck twice in another fight-of-the-year candidate in April, and that odd hug-and-sucker-punch knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather back in September; Floyd is no less than the consensus number two on boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound lists.
All this is to say that Peterson can fight, and Khan, a star in Britain and maybe everywhere soon, better look out.
Also on the card is Brandywine, Md., heavyweight Seth Mitchell, who takes on Uzbekistan’s Timur Ibragimov. It’s Mitchell’s step-up fight. If he can’t get by Ibragimov, cousin of former WBA titleholder Sultan Ibragimov, he can forget about the Klitschkos for a long while, or like many, wait for them to retire.
Tickets for the fight range from $30 to just under $320, depending on seating. As always, it’s best to get them ASAP, because you never know if any will be left come fight time.
Though the bouts will be televised on HBO, if you’re in the city and a boxing fan, or even a sports fan who wants to find something exhilarating to watch, you can’t top a live prizefight. Even though it’s boxing, and anything can happen in boxing (the sport has been called the theater of the absurd for a reason), it looks like a fun night.
You can hit the bars next weekend. You can also find knockout apartment deals on Apartment Showcase.
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is located right next to the Mt. Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center stop on Metro’s Green/Yellow Line.