8th May 2012
Khan back at The Wildcard Gym @amirkingkhan
Amir Khan’s May 19th rematch with Lamont Peterson is in jeopardy after the American champion tested positive for a banned substance synthetic testosterone during a random drug test.

The pair are due to meet for a second time at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The immediate rematch had been ordered by the WBA after Peterson defeated Khan in controversial circumstances to claim the Brits welterweight titles by split decision on December 10th last year.

However, the fight looks to be in doubt after Peterson, who with Khan agreed to the random blood and urine tests by the (VADA) Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on March 19th.

Asif Vali, Khan’s business manager today spoke out about the positive test saying he was shocked, but believed the fight will still go ahead. “Obviously last night it was a shock when I received the call to say Lamont had failed a drug test. However, the Peterson team seem to think that something’s gone wrong during the very first VADA drug test which Lamont took in March. Their explanation is that it’s something he took earlier on in the year — before the last fight.”

“The fight’s on. Obviously the Nevada commission will come back to us with their findings. They’ll look at things quite in depth before they make a final decision. That decision’s due to come to us by the end of play today.” added Vali.

After losing his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles to Peterson in the American’s hometown of Washington, last year. Khan complained to the boxing commissions, where he highlighted several misderminers, mainly being referee Joseph Cooper’s deduction of two points, the judges’ scoring of the bout and the unexplained presence of ‘mystery man’ Mustafa Ameen at ringside.

Peterson test positive
Khan who has been training in the Phillapines with his coach Freddie Roach and team Manny Pacquiao has now returned to LA and Roaches Wildcard gym and is said to be in tremendous shape with just 11 days to go before the proposed fight.

Peterson’s publicist Andre Johnson issued a statement on behalf of the boxer and his manager Barry Hunter, which read: “We have tremendous respect for VADA and its mission. Lamont, Barry and the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible.

“We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence, and we plan to submit medical findings by close of business today reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”

Lets not pass judgement before we have all the facts, but lets hope that this is a mistake on someones behalf and that Peterson has adhered to all the rules accordingly, it would be tragic if this fight falls through and even more tragic if the worst case senario comes to light, its on tenter hooks right now.

By Chris Maylett
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