Khan loses IBF appeal but Peterson still willing to rematch

19 Dec

Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham

Former unified WBA/IBF super lightweight champion Amir Khan‘s appeal to the IBF regarding the refereeing of his failed title defence against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson has been unsuccessful. Khan was twice deducted points from his tally, in the seventh and 12th and final round, yet the IBF believe there were no officiating discrepancies that affected the contest’s outcome. Peterson, though, remains keen on a second go at Khan despite scalping him the first time round.

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All Khan's fights at 140lbs have been championship contests. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“We found no discrepancies that would affect the outcome or the result of the fight,” IBF championships chairwoman Lindsay Tucker said. “We decided not to order an immediate rematch on the basis of the fact that in the rules, if the referee feels that it’s a foul, then that’s his call to take a point.

“He did warn Khan several times before he actually took the first point.”

Those warnings were for pushing, something that is prohibited according to the Marquess of Queensbury Rules yet is often left unpunished. The referee for Khan (26-2-0, 18ko) and Peterson’s clash, Joe Cooper, also hailed from the same town as Peterson, which thus saw a snowball effect in the so-called controversy.

The loss put Khan’s welterweight ambitions on hold. Amir had initially intended to defeat Lamont and move to campaign at 147lbs, before booking himself a big-money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Those plans have now been postponed as Khan is determined to leave the 140lb weight class as a champion.

“Let it go,” Peterson (30-1-1, 15ko) said in a message to Khan on Sky Sports. “He lost the fight, he might get a rematch and he’ll get a chance to prove himself.

“Yes, I definitely want a rematch,” he reiterated, before offering his opinion on Tucker’s statements: “I look forward to doing everything in my power inside and outside of the ring to represent the IBF and WBA as the new champion.”

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