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 eighth round.
In the first minute, Lamont Peterson continued to push Amir Khan to the boards, though Khan was able to sneak out with out without too much trouble. The same can't be said for what happened a couple seconds later. Peterson pushed Khan into the corner, and Khan appeared visibly hurt as Lamont Peterson peppered him with combination punches.
Peterson appeared to nail Khan below the belt, but no penalty was called. In that respect, he caught a break. Overall, though, Peterson landed far more punches in the round and has taken control of the fight. Peterson took the eighth round, 10-9.