‘Khan job’ replaced by MMA Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

May 15, 2012 3:02 AM

The stage was set for Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) to prove his monumental upset of Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) was not the result of home cooking.

Unfortunately, we will not get the chance to witness the rematch. I received an email this past week saying the fight was cancelled and no media credentials would be issued.

Khan had entered the ring back in December of 2011 as the WBA (Super) and IBF light welterweight champion and a huge favorite according to the betting line, to successfully defend his titles in Peterson’s home town of Washington D.C.

I had heard whispers throughout the boxing community that there was a potential problem with the bout. The initial rumor floating around speculated that an injury had taken place but before long, it turned to something much more engrossing…a failed drug test.

Like most, my initial thoughts were that Khan had tested positive and why wouldn’t they be. Leading up to their rematch, Peterson had been the one who requested more stringent testing than is mandatory for licensing here in Nevada.

Surprise: Khan’s samples were just fine and instead, it was Peterson’s that had tested positive for synthetic testosterone. According to lab results the ratio of testosterone (3.77 - 1) was actually short of the 4.00 - 1 ratio which is the benchmark used by most commissions to flag a sample. Rather, it was the test used to detect testosterone that’s not produced by the subject’s body which raised suspicions. 

The Peterson camp is adamant they did nothing wrong. They stand by their admission that a doctor had prescribed testosterone to their fighter due to a diagnosis that required the supplementation. The only problem is they did not disclose it prior to the finding of a tainted sample.

There’s Strikeforce!

Therefore we will not have a Khan-Peterson rematch to look forward to this Saturday night, but we do have a heavyweight title fight which should peak fans interest. This one though is in MMA as the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finally crowns a champion a year since its inception.

The finalists are former UFC standout Josh Barnett against former Olympian Daniel Cormier and according to odds makers, it should be a very competitive bout. 

Currently, Barnett is a small favorite at -125 and the take-back on Cormier +105. The line originally opened at -135 and sports books have seen a steady flow of money wagered on the underdog, a trend that should continue since he’s yet to lose a fight.

Cormier got his shot after beating another former UFC alumni Jeff Monson in what was billed as a “tourney-reserve” match, and Overeem exited after much controversy. He then went on to shock the mma world by knocking-out Silva, who entered the cage as a heavy betting favorite, in the very first round.

This should prove to be an entertaining fight to say the least and as the odds continue to drop on Barnett, I believe there will be enough value on the more experienced, and eventual UFC contender again, to walk to the counter and place a wager.

Barnett’s superior top-game coupled with what I believe to be a much more efficient striking arsenal will be too much for the 9-0 Cormier.

PICK: BARNETT to win by submission.

Gossip

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, fresh off his one-sided unanimous decision victory over Shane Mosley is already eyeing a return to the ring. 

The date being considered for the proposed HBO PPV is Sept 15 at the MGM Grand. The frontrunner to oppose Alvarez is  James Kirkland. 

RECORD = 48-26 (65%)

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