WBA V-P wants Khan-Peterson rematch
LONDON THE Vice President of the World Boxing Association is in favour of a rematch of the light-welterweight title fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson after Khan raised questions about the legitimacy of the American’s victory.
The WBA is studying images of an unidentified man that Khan has accused of interfering with the judges and leaning over WBA supervisor Michael Welsh during the fight Dec. 10 in Washington. Khan lost his IBF and WBA belts on a split decision after being docked two points for pushing.
“The fact is, there is that ‘mystery man in the hat’ who is seen sitting ringside and is seen, as well, handling score cards. I’ve been told that he’s seen on tape celebrating with Peterson, all happy that Peterson won,” Khan’s promoter, Richard Schaefer, said on Friday in a telephone interview.
“I hope that the IBF and the WBA are both going to be ordering immediate rematches.
That would be, at the very least‚ and I want to say ‘very least’ in capital letters‚ the right thing to do,” said Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said the “mystery man” is unknown to his organisation.
Mendoza questioned what the person was doing at ringside.
“We don’t have an idea who this guy is; we can’t identify him,” Mendoza told Sky Sports.
“The guy ... told Welsh that he was an IBF official, but we have consulted several persons at the IBF and they’ve also said they don’t know who this person is.”