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 fifth round.
Lamont Peterson began the fifth round with a strong body shot as he continued to take control of the fight. Khan tried to evade him, but in the process, he surrendered some momentum. However, Khan appeared to have made an adjustment, evading Peterson and not letting him come right at him. Peterson hit Khan with a left hook, but Khan came right back with a combination late in the round.
Khan was able to win the round, 10-9, and get back into the fight.