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WBA Prez: Peterson Has Ten Days To Appeal Khan Ruling

By Phil D. Jay

World Boxing Assocaition vice president Gilberto Mendoza has told WBN that Lamont Peterson has ten days to appeal the organisation’s recent decision to hand Amir Khan an immediate rematch with the IBF and WBA light-welterweight champion.

Peterson, 27, thought he had become the unified champion with a straightforward split decision point’s victory over the Briton in Washington, but the WBA have now reviewed evidence of alleged scorecard tampering and illegal points deductions handed to them by Team Khan and have ordered a return.

“It was ruled a direct rematch,” Mendoza told World Boxing News.

“The decision was merely based on true facts and fairness oriented. There is no doubt that the fight was competitive and had controversial calls, but given that, "neutrality" is not guaranteed for pre-emption of local commissions rules over sanctioning bodies and the chances of reducing it are far from our intentions.

“Perhaps experienced judges and referees may increase the odds of minimizing controversy in championship matches.

On the WBA final decision, Mendoza stated: “The facts weighed on the decision which the official’s committee report favoured Khan and also included American judges who ruled in his favour.”

There will now be a period of appeal for Peterson, which will coincide with an IBF hearing to be heard on January 18th, into the interference of Mustafa Ameen, who was ringside and in proximity of the scorecards when not assigned to the fight.

“I can confirm that Peterson has ten days in which to appeal the decision by the WBA,” added Mendoza.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Soundtraveler on 01-15-2012

[QUOTE=lfc19titles;11667180]some pathetic posts in this thread Despite clear evidence of cheating in favour of peterson, you haters just keep on hating the victim. If you allow peterson to come in with his head and fight on the inside then you…

Comment by Prince Mongo on 01-15-2012

[QUOTE=Fix;11669972]lets hope justice is served and that rematch happens.. the first fight was clearly a corruption-riddled affair.. in fact it's one of the worst cases of outward corruption that the boxing world has seen for a long time.. washington should…

Comment by deejd on 01-15-2012

LP is going to beat this kid up even more this time around. The constant pushing is the only reason why guy didn't get the Linares treatment.

Comment by deejd on 01-15-2012

[QUOTE=Leohappy;11665857]please tell me is this some kind of joke????[/QUOTE] It would've been a terrible one if so.

Comment by EdMon917 on 01-15-2012

A rematch would be wanted by GBP and fans anyways. Let's get it done.

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