12th July 2012
Amir Khan has been reinstated as the new WBA Light-welterweight champion in time for his unification fight this weekend against WBC title holder Danny Garcia.
Keith Kizer, executive of The Nevada State Athletic Commission said he learned on Wednesday that Saturday’s Big fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will now be for both belts the WBA-WBC.
King Khan lost crown to Lamont Peterson in a disputed split decision last December in Washington, DC. Afterwards Peterson failed a drugs test and until this week a decision hadn’t been made about the belts. But the writing was on the wall. And when the medical experts confirmed the failed drug test this week, then the decision to hand the title to Khan made.
According to WBA rules, no fighter who has tested positive for prohibited substance, can be rated, retain a title, or be permitted to fight in a sanctioned bout for at least six months from the date of the positive test.
Statement by the WBA
‘This decision was taken after the positive doping result of the American Lamont Peterson, confirmed by the medical experts.
‘The WBA rules that states that no boxer (who) has tested positively for prohibited substances can be rated (or) retain a title, or be permitted to fight in a sanctioned bout for a period of no less than six months from the date of the positive test.
‘Given the circumstances, Peterson’s status is champion in recess and it is subject to revision.’
Khan v Garcia: Big fight report to follow…