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 ninth round.
With the fight even at the beginning of the ninth round, both fighters looked to this round as a big one. Amir Khan came out fast in the round, nailing Peterson with several punches. But that was short-lived. Peterson got Khan in close, peppered him with an uppercut and got Khan on the ropes. Somehow, Khan rallied again, landing several punches in the middle of the ring at the two-minute mark.
Khan has appeared to switch gears again, attempting far more punches after playing defense for several rounds. Khan then snuck in a strong right hand and Peterson's legs wobbled right at the one-minute mark. Khan hit Peterson with a body shot, but may have missed an opportunity to finish him off. Peterson's right eye began to swell as the round wound down, and he was staggering at the end despite landing some strong punches.
Ultimately, it looks like Khan was able to win the round.