Amir Khan: Pacquiao Tonight, Then on to Washington and Lamont Peterson

Amir KhanGuest ColumnistNovember 12, 2011

Amir Khan trains with trainer Freddie Roach
Amir Khan trains with trainer Freddie Roach

I got to Las Vegas on Monday for Saturday's Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight, and I’ll be meeting up with the rest of my team, who are coming out for the remainder of my camp as I prepare for my title defense against Lamont Peterson in Washington.

My brother Haroon and friend Saj will be with me now until until the bout on Dec. 10.  I’ve been looking forward to seeing them because it’s been a while since we were together.

The last week has been strictly business as I’ve got my head down and am training hard for the fight. I’m in Vegas but can’t really enjoy it too much because I know I’ve got bigger things to take care of in Washington.

Even in my time off I don’t get to rest! I’ll be ringside commentating on the Pacquiao-Marquez fight for Primetime in the U.K. tonight.

Tim Bradley is on the undercard, so it will be interesting to see how he looks after such a long layoff. Everyone knows I wanted the fight with him, and it’s no secret I pushed my hardest to make it happen by offering him a 50-50 split plus a share of the U.K. revenue.

In the end he didn’t want any piece of it, despite talking big for so long, so I’ve moved on and I'm looking to my next fight.

I heard that tickets are selling really quickly. Fifty percent of them have already gone and they’ve only recently gone on sale! I’ve no doubt that it’s going to be a sellout because Washington hasn’t seen a big fight in such a long time and I’m ready to put on a show.

Also, I’m pleased that my fight with Peterson and two fights after will be shown live on Sky Sports in the U.K. (the fight against Peterson will also be shown on HBO in the United States). It’s great to join up with Sky again and I’m sure there’s going to be some special fights, starting with next month.

The spartan life of a fighter in training: Khan with Sofia Vergara, right, and Lady Victoria Hervey.
The spartan life of a fighter in training: Khan with Sofia Vergara, right, and Lady Victoria Hervey.

I’ll keep you all updated with how camp is going and what I get up to in my next post—that’s if Alex Ariza, my conditioning coach, hasn’t run me into the ground by then!

Sadly, I’ve got to finish this post off on a somber note and send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the boxing legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier, who passed away this week.

I never had the good fortune of meeting the great man as I have done with Muhammad Ali, the man he shared the ring with on three great occasions. Their fights will always be remembered, particularly the first one, in which Frazier became the first man to beat Ali.

The "Thrilla in Manila" is also one of my favorite fights. It was a real battle between two of the greatest fighters in history. As a young fighter I want to thank Joe Frazier for everything he gave to the sport and wish his family well during this difficult time.

Amir Khan is the WBA and IBF light-welterweight boxing champion.
Tickets for the Khan-Peterson fight, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or by purchasing them online at Tickets for fans travelling from the U.K. are available for purchase online at or by calling 0845 163 0845.