Lowering his head, throwing right crosses and left hooks with more malice than he ever had before, the child who once didn’t even have a bed to lay his head suddenly was taken in and given refuge — by a city, by a sport, by everyone who knew what a good kid he had always been.
Peterson takes home his greatest payday, $650,000. He will command much more than $1 million for a rematch against Khan. And whatever happens from here on out, he will always have that moment, when Buffer yelled, “And NEW . . .” and everything he dreamed possible happened, right down to Merchant interviewing him in the ring afterward, just like all those great fighters he watched as a kid.
Late Saturday night, when most of Washington was in bed, at a holiday party or up to no good, the local sports story of the year happened.
“It’s about a boxer, that’s not possible,” many will argue.