16th December 2011
Amir Khan is hoping he can get an immediate rematch against Lamont Peterson after he feels his points loss to the American was unjust.

Khan is also currently appealing the decision and trying to reclaim his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles on the grounds that the scores were altered after the fight and he is now trying to have the points defeat overturned in his favour.

This doesn’t seem like the best way to go about things really and I doubt the boxing authorities will not reverse any decision that was made on the night. The former world champion’s best bet would be for him and his team to go down the rematch route.

The 25-year-old from Bolton, lost both belts on a controversial night in Peterson’s home town of Washington D.C – Khan was deducted two points during the fight by referee Joseph Cooper for continuous pushing.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10:  Amir Khan react...But Khan feels the decision was unfair and home town influenced, accusing referee Cooper of favouring the local boxer. Looking back on the fight, Cooper did warn Khan on numerous occasions before deducting the points. The first point was probably just, it was the point in the last round, that eventually was the telling blow to Khan’s fight and his titles.

It as now come to light that the scorecards could have been altered after the fight ended.

“We have appealed. In the next seven to 10 days we should find out and it could be overturned.” said Khan.

“Lamont Peterson’s coach even said to me that he knows how it feels to be robbed.

“The referee was from Washington so he was always going to favour the home fighter. He walks the streets of DC so if he was fair and took points off Peterson he’d be hated in Washington.

‘I want a rematch in a neutral place with a neutral referee and neutral judges. Not Washington or the UK, somewhere like Las Vegas would be fine,’ added the Bolton lad.

IBF President Daryl Peoples confirmed to that Khan’s camp also has appealed against referee Joseph Cooper’s decision to deduct points.

“We have just asked Golden Boy Promotions for a DVD of the tape so I can review it with the Championships Chairman,” said Peoples.

Khan claimed the scorecards were changed before the results were read out by the ring announcer.

Final scores were 113-112, 113-112, 110-115 in favour of Peterson.

“I got told I won the fight by someone at Golden Boy Promotions who had seen the scorecards, and Michael Buffer said the same thing to me, before they were taken off him and changed, It’s never taken so long after a fight.”

The 2004 Olympic silver medallist also said he only resorted to pushing Peterson because his opponent was constantly leading with his head.

“Every time he came in with his head, the best thing was for me to push him away,” Khan said.

“In the rule book, there’s no warning for pushing — especially points deducted — and I got two points deducted.

“I was treated unfairly, and I’m sure we can get a rematch and we can have a neutral referee and neutral judges.”

Khan’s second professional loss dealt a setback to his hopes of moving up to welterweight ahead of a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the unbeaten WBC champion.

“This has only put me back three to six months because hopefully I’ll get the rematch with Peterson and beat him,” Khan said. “Maybe it’s happened for a reason. It’s given me an extra fight, given me more experience and made me a lot wiser and I’ll be a lot more mature when I fight Mayweather.” added Khan.

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