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Khan Lodges Appeal
Brit wants Peterson verdict overturned
Posted Dec 21, 2011 by Chris White
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Khan lost his IBF and WBO belts in a split decision in Peterson’s hometown of Washington after having two points deducted by the Washington-based referee for pushing. The Bolton-born fighter has called for the decision to be overturned and the fight judged to be a no-result, or for an immediate rematch to be organised, with the appeal likely to be held in mid-January.
In a separate issue, Khan’s team have offered what they’ve called a “seven-figure sum” to Peterson for a rematch in May to take place in Las Vegas, but “they are yet to respond.”
Head of Golden Boy Promotions, Khan’s promoters in the United States, Richard Schaefer, has said that “There is clearly smoke in relation to the scorecards. The IBF master scorecard disappeared straight after the fight and re-appeared two days later, so there’ something not right there. Where there’s smoke there’s fire.”
The team were also unhappy with the referee and his performance during the fight which seemed to favour the American. “There’s nothing in the rules about pushing, even excessive pushing isn’t a foul,” said Schaefer. “There was clearly no basis for a one-point deduction, and certainly not for two points. Peterson was earned throughout the fight for using his head, but he was never punished.”
The IBF responded to the claims by Khan’s team, saying that they had no grounds for an immediate rematch and that there were no discrepancies in the outcome of the fight.