New WBA and IBF light-welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson has formally challenged the WBA’s ruling tying the American to a rematch with former belt holder, Amir Khan.
The move is the first indication that the champion is looking at options other than Khan for his first defence, and may result in him vacating the belt should the WBA not reverse its decision.
The Washington born fighter remains free to fight whoever he chooses under the jurisdiction of the IBF, however should he not make a defence of his WBA crown within 180 days, the organisation may choose to strip Peterson of his belt.
The WBA’s initial decision to order a rematch came amidst claims from Khan’s camp that the fight had been mismanaged. The emergence of a mystery ringside figure, later discovered to be an occasional IBF official Mustafa Ameen, appeared to strengthen these claims before the board finally ordered an immediate return fight.
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