10th May 2012
Khan devastated fight is OFF pic Amir Khan
The long awaited rematch between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan was going to take place on May 19, however with Lamont Peterson failing a drugs test the NASC ruled that Peterson will not be given a licence which resulted in this fight being cancelled.

Khan who lost the IBF and the WBA 140lb titles under controversial circumstances on points last December stated that Peterson was a cheat.

Amir Khan has apologised to fans today and earlier this afternoon I caught up with Shahid Mahmood who is Amir Khan’s uncle and also the Director of Sports Corporation. 

Q  – Hello Shahid, So give us your first thought about this rematch fight between Lamont Peterson & Amir Khan being cancelled ?

Shahid Well we’re totally devastated Amir Khan is devastated and ourselves and I’m sure that all the fans are devastated due to the fight being cancelled.   We have been set back something like six months, well the point is he was hoping to put in his best performance and move up to 147. We were looking for this to be his last fight before he moved to 147, now were not certain about what’s going to happen now.  I’ve been unable to speak to my brother Shah who is still in L.A at the moment, we’ll see what happens from now.

Q – Ok, so who made the decision to cancel the fight?

Shahid  – From my understanding the commission said that they won’t be allowing it  and won’t be issuing the license.

Q – So you’ve been running Sports Corporation for a while now can you tell us what kind of financial impact will this have on Team Khan ? Do you see it as a setback?

Shahid  – Financially it’s going to give him a setback a little bit, Sports Corporation is more of a prestige events company and he wanted to beat Peterson by competing and move over to 147 and take his step in that direction and it has put him back a little bit as I said and we will have to just weigh up the situation and see what happens now.

Q – Is it easy for fans to get a refund and how will they go about that ?

Shahid  – Well I’m in London right in the offices and hopefully we at sports corporation will issue refunds and all the refunds to the fans will be made as soon as possible, all the fans here are totally devastated at the moment, I’ve had a lot of calls and they are very upset, they’ve booked their holidays from work, booked their hotels over there in Vegas and are totally devastated and they really are upset. (see below for ticket refund information)

Q – Now your nephew Amir Khan is in LA at the moment and due to return this weekend, with all the work that he has put into the training camp in the Philippines for 10 weeks, how do you think he’s feeling right now and have you spoken to him ?

Shahid  – I’ve not actually spoken to him because of the time difference and I’ve had come down to London from Bolton for a couple of meetings over here, now he’s obviously very upset and was really looking forward to the fight and we’ll have to see what happens now.

Just In!

Amir Khan’s message to fans

 issued Thursday night

Dear Fans,

No one was more shocked and upset by the cancellation of next week’s fight than me. I had been training hard for almost eight weeks and was ready to put on a dazzling performance and win my belts back.

I know many of you purchased tickets for the fight and had planned to make the trip to Las Vegas next weekend.

For any inconvenience or hardship this cancellation has caused, I am truly sorry. We’re working hard to schedule my next fight for some time during the early summer in the States and hope that you can find a way to reschedule your arrangements and come out support me with the enthusiasm that you always do.

As you know, I always perform at my best when my fans are rooting me on. Thanks as always for your support.

Ticket refunds for “Peterson vs. Khan II” will be available at your point of purchase.

Ticketmaster may be reached at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Event ticket refunds for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available at www.sportscorporation.com or by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.

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