Amir Khan has moved one step closer to an immediate return against American Lamont Peterson after Richard Shaefer- CEO of Golden Boy Promotions- claimed that the WBA have ordered a repeat of the pair’s controversial pre-Christmas thriller.
Khan, who had appeared certain to face a return against the newly crowned Peterson in any case, complained bitterly about the management of the fight- first about the refereeing and scoring- before making more claims this week about the role played by a then unidentified man at ringside.
The individual, Mustafa Ameen, has since been identified as an IBF official, supposedly enjoying the fight in a non official capacity. Khan’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has disputed such a label, claiming to have had Ameen ejected from his LA based Wild Card Gym when he attempted to interfere with a US Olympic training camp.
“He comes to my gym,” Roach told BBC Sport. “He came to the [US] Olympic training centre and I actually had him removed one time.
“I told the coaches, ‘There’s no need for him to be here.”
Khan’s formal appeal over the outcome and management of the fight will be heard by the WBA on 19 January. There remains a slim hope of the fight being ruled a non-contest on the basis of the evidence uncovered in recent weeks, however such a decision cannot be in an official capacity by the WBA at this stage . The IBF- the governing body responsible for the administration of the second belt won by Peterson in December, have yet to formerly comment.
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