King Pete Reigns Supreme!

Beats Khan in Controversial Win!

The Nation's Capital, with eight local fighters competing in last night's Capital Showdown boxing exhibition, fared quite well.

Lamont Peterson wins over Britain's Amir Khan. Photo/CD Brown.

Thomas Williams of Fort Washington, MD wasted no time defeating Reynaldo Rodriguez (6-3-1) in just fifty-four seconds of the second round. Rodriguez was knocked down several times by Williams in the first round and never really recovered, causing the referee to end the fight. After the win over Rodriguez, Williams improves to 6-0.

Williams is the son of Thomas Williams, Sr., a local fighter from the 1990s.

In the heavyweight division, Seth 'Mayhem' Mitchell (24-0-1/ 17 KOs)- continued to show why he deserves the title 'Heavyweight Champion of the World' as he dominated his opponent Timur Ibragimov. The fight was ended in the second round. That was the first time Ibragimov has had his fight stopped. He now falls to 30-3- 1/16 KOs.

"I'm on cloud nine right now", Mitchell said on his win. "Timur was never stopped – I wanted to be the first to stop him", Mitchell said.

"This is the level I want to be on. I plan to stay on this level." Humble and hungry, Mitchell claims he can "mix in with any heavyweight out there".

Wanting a possible match in March, 2012 Mitchell said he wants to stay active, fighting at least three times a year although he did say he is not quite ready for Ukraines' Wladimir Klitschko.

Anthony Peterson taking on Daniel Attah. Photo/CD Brown.

Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KOs) scored a 80-70 unanimous decision over Washington's Daniel Attah (26-9-1), starting the night off right for his brother Lamont Peterson who defeated, amid controversy, Britain's Amir Khan in a 12 round WBA Super Lightweight and IBJ Junior Welterweight exhibition.

Khan was deducted two points for shoving Peterson.

Golden Boy Promotion's Oscar de la Hoya made it a point, during the post fight press conference, to let it be known that had the judge took only one point it would have been a draw. If he took two points that would mean Peterson would win the fight."

“One point (taken in round seven), we could deal with”, said De La Hoya, promoter of the contest. "But the second point (which came in the 12th round), people start to wonder what’s going on here.”

The judges seemed to score in favor of Peterson; at least two of the three.

Judges George Hill and Valerie Dorsett scored the fight essentially the same, round-by-round with Peterson scoring 17, 27, 37, 46, 55, 65, 75, 84, 94, 104, 113, and scoring Khan 20, 29, 38, 48, 58, 66, 75, 85, 94, 103, 112. Judge Nelson Vasquez scored the fight in Khan's favor: 20, 29, 39, 49, 59, 67, 76, 86, 96, 106, 115. Vasquez scored Peterson 17, 27, 36, 45, 54, 64, 74, 83, 92, 101, 110.

Said Khan on his loss, "I thought the ref on his side. You are two points down before the fight starts", Khan said on fighting on Peterson's turf.

There was heavy Pakistani opposition to the ruling, almost leading to a few fights, with Khan's promoter yelling at a crowd member and jumping off the side of the boxing ring.

Many of Khan's fans shouted expletives at DC fans.

A Possible Rematch?
The two fighters have vowed a rematch, with speculation of either a Las Vegas or UK venue.

"He won, in DC. Let's have him come to the UK to see if he has the same balls", said Khan. "We all know who won the fight", Khan said, vowing to "come back stronger" the next time.

Peterson, not giving insight into questions about the point calling of referee Joe Cooper, said after the fight, "I'm a fighter, not a referee. Talk to me in a week and I can give you a better answer."

Peterson and Khan bought big-time boxing to Washington on a national level, amidst a crowd of over 8,000 at Washington's Convention Center, and gave hope and promise for boxing events of this scale in the future.

For now, Peterson will relish the memory of the evening.

"I'm proud of my performance", said Peterson. "I'm proud of DC tonight", he said of the home crowd chanting for him DC!, DC!

"I appreciate that", Peterson said.

It's been rough going and a long, hard road for both Lamont Peterson and his brother Anthony, who fight homelessness as young boys before trainer, Barry Hunter took the two boys under his wing.

"Things are always rough for me. I never get anything easy. I was prepared for a backyard fight. If it was left to me I’d fight him (Khan) tomorrow.

In other bouts on the evening, Ramesis Gil takes on Jamie Kavanagh. Photo/Aaron Thornton for DC UrbanSports.

Seen Around The Ring

Several high profile fans came out in support of the fight.

The list is seemingly endless and includes actor Lamman Rucker, former Washington Redskin quarterback Donovan McNabb, and former boxers Riddick Bowe and William Joppy (who, at 41, decided to retire last year). Keith Holmes, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson made a showing, as did Sharmba Mitchell.

Several DC officials were present: Councilwoman Yvette Johnson, council member Kwame Brown, and DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

We also were told that Alexander Ovechkin was in the house.