Team Khan to take complaint to Commission
Khan was deducted two points during the fight for repeated pushing, costing him the fight as he only lost by one round on the two judges’ cards that called it for Peterson.
And a statement jointly issued by Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions said they would be taking their grievances to the formal channels. It read:
‘Firstly, we would like to congratulate Lamont Peterson on his performance against Amir Khan. Not only has he shown that he is a tremendous fighter inside the ring, but also a great man out of the ring. Following the decision in the fight, Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions intends to make inquiries with the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, the IBF and the WBA regarding the performance of referee Joseph Cooper and will also be seeking clarification regarding certain ambiguities with respect to the scores of the fight. We look forward to an immediate rematch with Lamont as confirmed by Lamont and his manager/trainer Barry Hunter.’
The fighter himself had already made his position clear in his post-fight interview, telling HBO commentator Larry Merchant, ‘It was like I was against two people in there. He kept trying to pick me up. He was wild. He was coming in with his head lower and lower every time.
‘I had to push him away because he was trying to come in with his head. He was just so low. He was being effective in pressurising me but I was the cleaner fighter all night.’
‘I am ready for a rematch. I am here and I will take it. I knew it would be tough against him in his hometown and this is why boxing has not been in Washington DC for 15 years - because you get a decision like that.’