Former super lightweight champion Amir Khan repeated calls this past week for his loss to Lamont Peterson to be overturned or for the sanctioning bodies to mandate an immediate rematch. The split decision, following a fight in which referee Joe Cooper deducted two points from Khan for pushing, so incensed Khanâ€™s handlers that they filed official appeals to both sanctioning bodies, and during a conference call Tuesday afternoon, Khan reiterated his position.
â€œI think the IBF and WBA should order a rematch in my opinion and also look at the fight the way it was refereed,â€ Khan said during a conference call while on a train to London. â€œLetâ€™s just see where we go from here. Overall, it was a great performance from Lamont Peterson also. We both were happy with the way we fought, but the referee and the judging just spoiled a great night of boxing.â€
Cooper deducted a point from Khan in the seventh and 12th rounds that Khan and his team insist came without customary warning. Cooper, however, warned Peterson repeatedly, Khanâ€™s camp said, for coming in low with his head but did not issue a penalty.
Richard Schaefer, chief executive officer of Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Khanâ€™s publicity, also questioned circumstances that unfolded immediately after the fight. The suspicious activity, Schaefer said, included judges taking an exceptionally long time after the fight to pick the winner; judge George Hillâ€™s card showing 10-10 for the seventh round and later changed to 10-8 in favor of Peterson; and the disappearance of an IBF scorecard that had the fight as a draw.
Schaefer said he spoke to IBF Champions Chairman Lindsay Tucker on Monday morning about the incident and was told the IBF supervisor at the fight said the card had vanished. Schaefer also said Tucker told him it appeared to the IBF supervisor that the D.C. boxing commission removed the card while Peterson was in the ring receiving the belt. â€œThen suddenly two days ago, an IBF scorecard appeared,â€ Schaefer said. â€œIt looks as if it was made up after the fact. No question about it. Or it was made two days ago. The printing was way too neat and consistent, not consistent with what usually a scorecard looks like. Weâ€™re just outlining the facts here. There clearly is some smoke.â€
Khanâ€™s camp initially sent the IBF a letter stating its disapproval of the refereeing and judging, and the IBF responded by saying it did not see grounds to overturn the decision. Khanâ€™s team then filed an official appeal that Schaefer said is set to be heard in New York on Jan. 19. Khanâ€™s team is still awaiting an official reply from the WBA.
Peterson, meantime, has not announced an official rematch. Peterson said after the fight that he was willing to fight Khan again, and Schaefer said he approached Barry Hunter, Petersonâ€™s trainer, with a seven-figure offer for a bout at Staples Center on May 19. The process of setting up a rematch, though, appears on hold pending rulings from the IBF and WBA.