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Khan ready for Vegas rematch

Amir Khan’s rematch with Lamont Peterson will be strictly controlled, organisers have assured the Bolton boxer. The initial fight in December was dogged by controversy when Khan’s camp, incensed by the judges’ verdict, questioned the presence at ringside of an unauthorised official, later identified as Mustafa Ameen.

"That is why this is a big fight," Khan said, referring to the dispute. The new champion Peterson wanted to put that issue in the past, but admitted the issue added importance to the rematch in Las Vegas on May 19. "It seems Team Khan still have problems with what happened in DC," Peterson said. "I can only tell them that nothing shady happened but I'm sure they won't take my word for it. I'm not planning on giving up my titles."

Khan described the rematch as "make or break", and it will be his only chance to depose Peterson and reclaim his title. "I'll train hard and am not going to make any mistakes at all," Khan said. "It's a huge fight, a winnable fight. I made a few mistakes in the first fight but I still felt I won it. It was tough and the next one will be even tougher because we know what to expect from each other."

Khan has already begun his training regime. "I want to bring those titles back to Britain," he said. "We'll see a different Amir Khan for this fight. I'll be explosive, as always, and maybe this fight can be one of the fights of the year too."

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