Lamont Peterson has been denied a boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, effectively ending hopes of saving the May 19 rematch with Amir Khan following Peterson’s positive tests for illegal synthetic testosterone.
Yesterday, Peterson’s team submitted medical documents to NSAC officials to support their stance that his use of testosterone pellets was strictly for medicinal purposes to correct low testosterone count.
NSAC officials rejected Peterson’s stance as he nor his team had previously disclosed a=the medical condition. In addition, Peterson failed to notify Khan and his promoter Golden Boy when he was informed by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Asscoation (VADA) that his March 2012 urine sample had tested positive.
“He and his team say it was inadvertent. We consider it dishonest,” said NSAC executive director Kizer. “We have to go through the proper procedures, not least with reference to the chairman of the commission, who has final say on granting a license, but we see no alternative to refusing to grant him a license.”
Khan took to Twitter earlier tonight to inform fans of the fight cancellation and hopes to fight on rescheduled date of June 30 at the earliest. An estimated 4000 fans from the UK were expected to attend the May 19 fight.
Peterson, who won a controversial split decision over Khan in December, is expected to suspended and stripped of the WBA and IBF junionr welterweight titles he won from Khan.
At press time, Lamont Peterson has not made a statement on the NSAC’s decision.