The main event of Washington D.C.'s first major boxing fight in 18 years pits IBF and WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan defending his crown against D.C.'s own Lamont Peterson at the Washington Convention Center. The fight is taking place in Peterson's hometown, a rarity in boxing since he is the challenger. Joe Cooper is the referee for the bout, which began shortly after 11 p.m. Here is a recap of the first round.
The two fighters started swinging at each other early. Peterson was able to dodge a number of Khan punches early and escaped the ropes early with his agility. Khan then took it to Peterson right out of a stoppage and pushed Peterson against the boards, catching Peterson off guard. Khan then delivered a number of body blows once Peterson was able to work out of the ropes.
Then, Peterson surprisingly fell down. It looked like Khan knocked him down, but the referee ruled that Peterson slipped, a major break considering the circumstances. Khan then delivered another left hook and then knocked Peterson back again. Khan then legitimately did knock Peterson down in the ropes, and this time, it was actually ruled a knockdown. In all honestly, Peterson was lucky to escape the round.
Round one was scored 10-8 to Khan.