After reviewing an appeal filed by Golden Boy Promotions for client Amir Khan, the World Boxing Association (WBA) has ordered an immediate rematch with new champion Lamont Peterson within the next 180 days.
Golden Boy and Khan launched an immediate media campaign to overturn his December 10, split decision loss to Peterson. Fighting in Peterson’s Washington D.C. hometown, Khan was docked two crucial points for shoving. In addition, Khan would later question the ringside appearance of a man later identified as Mustafa Ameen. Video footage showed Ameen consulting with ringside judges during rounds and posing with Peterson’s team after the fight.
Citing their Rule C.26, the WBA reasoned that referee Joseph Cooper’s point deductions and not crediting a Khan knockdown in round one had a deciding impact on the outcome. The WBA also noted Ameen’s suspected judge influence as a contributing factor in the rematch decision.
“I’m pleased that justice has been done and the WBA has ordered an immediate rematch. All we ask as sportsmen is for a fair and level playing field when we compete,” said a satisfied Khan. “Lamont Peterson proved in our fight that he is a great competitor and I hope that a second bout will be just as exciting. I want to prove without doubt that I’m the best in the 140lb division by taking care of business in the rematch.”
At press time, Lamont Peterson could not be reached for comment.