World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation junior-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will indeed give former champion Amir Khan a rematch after their controversial split decision in December.
With that move, Peterson rejects both Juan Manuel Marquez, who was aiming at a July date with Peterson at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, and Staples Center, which had cleared May 19 for a Khan fight.
Instead, the HBO-televised bout will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Fight promoter Richard Schaefer said the card also will include a 140-pound bout between Argentina's Lucas Matthysse and Mexico's Humberto Soto.
Schaefer said he remained confident that Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) would choose Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) despite efforts by rival promoter Bob Arum to reunite with Peterson for a Marquez date.
"Let Arum talk," Schaefer said. "I work behind closed doors until I get the deal done, and then I announce it. Arum did a lot of talking. You can't believe everything Arum tells you."