In late December, Amir Khan and his representatives appealed to the WBA and IBF boxing authorities that his light-welterweight world title defeat at the hands of Lamont Peterson should be overturned.
Only a few days ago, Khan himself, released new evidence for his cause after watching a recording of the fight. The recording shows that there was a mystery man speaking with one of the judges during the fight. That man has since been identified as Mustafa Ameen (pictured celebrating on the far left).
Richard Schaefer (CEO – Golden Boy Promotions), who promoted the Khan-Peterson fight, has stated that Ameen is an IBF official, something which Freddy Roach (Khan’s trainer) has questioned.
“He has no credentials; he’s not a member of any boxing organisation,” Roach said. “He comes to my gym. He came to the Olympic training centre and I actually had him removed one time. I told the coaches: ‘There’s no need for him to be here.’ He goes to gyms and talks to other people’s fighters.”
Roach added, “He does know the boundaries because he doesn’t go after my fighters – but he does talk to other people’s fighters and he’s been told not to a couple of times, even here in my gym.”
The recording shows Ameen leaning over judge George Hill, who scored the contest 113-112 in favour of Peterson. As you can see in his scorecard below, Hill scribbled out his original scores in the seventh round, changing his verdict from 10-8 in Khan’s favour to 10-8 in Peterson’s favour. It is more probable than not that the original 10-8 Khan score was down to human error. After all, Khan was deducted a point by the referee in the seventh round so his maximum possible score would have been 9. So if Hill thought Peterson had won the round, 10-8 is the correct score, otherwise it would have been 9-9 on the scorecard. Peterson would only have been scored an 8 if the referee had given him a count which was not the case. The two other fight judges also scored the seventh round 10-8 to Peterson. Experts, who followed the fight and scored the rounds, concur with the 10-8 seventh round score.
However, it is Roach’s view that due to the possible breach of interference rules, the fight should be declared a no contest resulting in a rematch being awarded.
According to Richard Schaefer the WBA have verbally agreed that an immediate rematch will take place and are urging the IBF for the same decision.
“We received a verbal confirmation and we will get a written confirmation by next Tuesday (10th Jan). That means that no fighter can take an interim fight, that the next fight for Peterson would be a rematch.”
This is a great shame for Lamont Peterson who performed so valiantly in Washington DC but one thing is for certain, if there is a rematch, its one that shouldn’t be missed.