Khan happy on the road

Amir Khan is hoping to boost his reputation when he makes his debut in Washington against Lamont Peterson on Saturday night.

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Washington bout gives Amir few concerns

Amir Khan is hoping to boost his reputation when he makes his debut in Washington against Lamont Peterson on Saturday night. Khan admits to being happy on the road and says it makes little difference whereabouts in the world he fights. The Bolton fighter has become a global star after becoming WBA light-welterweight champion, adding the IBF strap with victory over Zab Judah last time out. Still only 24, Khan has fought in America in three of his last four fights but will take on Peterson in his home town this weekend. But victory would mean more kudos for the youngster, who is likely to step up to welterweight in the new year.

Harder

"I'm not really concerned about fighting in his backyard," Khan said. "It's just one of those things. I do know that when you're fighting in your hometown you do train that bit harder, just to prove to your home fans how good you are. "When I fought Paulie Malignaggi in New York he must have been doing extra training and if he hadn't, I might have stopped him earlier than I did. "When you fight at home with your home support there it makes you go that bit longer and makes you try that little bit harder. I think that's the way Lamont Peterson is going to be. "Maybe that will work against him or maybe it works in your favour, I don't know. But regardless, we have trained for him and we know exactly what to do to beat him." Khan expects his reputation to be enhanced after what will be his sixth title defence. "From my point of view, I get even more respect for going to his hometown to fight," he added. "One thing about me is I don't mind travelling and going into people's backyards to fight. I've done it a few times before and I've recently been fighting a lot outside of the UK. "For me, a boxing ring is a boxing ring, no matter where it is. I'll perform there the way I have to. If you look at my career I train in America, not the UK, so in a way that helps me to perform well away from my home country. "So no matter where it is, I'll perform in that ring."
Comfortable
However, Peterson says his time has come to join the elite level 12 months after drawing with Victor Ortiz. "I won't keep getting these opportunities," he admitted. "I really, really feel as though that I have progressed enough to become a star in this sport, to take my place in this sport and throughout my whole career, I'm used to being on top. "I'm kind of comfortable with what's going on with this fight because it's always been this way when I first started boxing. "Of course, you're not going to be number one, but you work your way up and eventually you're number one as an amateur, as a young fighter. "Then, you struggle a little bit, but I always find my way to the top. I just really, really believe that this is my time as a professional to be on top."

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