Amir Khan seeks rematch after losing split decision to Lamont Peterson
Referee Joseph Cooper deducted a point from Khan for pushing at the end of the seventh, and a second point in the 12th when Khan hit Peterson on the break.
Those deductions proved crucial when the scores were announced, one judge giving the fight 114-111 to Khan, but the other two scoring it 113-112 for Peterson.
WASHINGTON // Amir Khan lost his WBA super-lightweight and IBF light-welterweight titles on Saturday after he was deducted two points and dropped a split decision to American Lamont Peterson.
"It's like I was up against two people in there," complained Khan. "Peterson kept trying to pick me up. He kept coming in with his head, lower and lower every time. He was being effective in pressing, but I was the cleaner fighter all night.
"I'm ready for a rematch. I knew it would be tough in his hometown."
Khan (26-2) set the early pace with fast flurries and combinations, and scored a knockdown in the first round. Peterson (30-1-1) hauled himself back into the fight by stalking his opponent and digging hard body shots as Khan retreated to the ropes.
"It's a 12-round fight, not a three-round fight," Peterson said. "I wasn't worried when I was knocked down."
Khan got his second wind in the ninth, as the two men exchanged furious blows, but the final three rounds were close, with both men showing the effects of a grueling contest.
"A lot of people saw me as the underdog," said Peterson.
"They didn't give me a chance to win. I would definitely give him a rematch. He gave me a shot at the title, so I would definitely give him a rematch."
Team Khan question referee’s performance after defeat to Peterson
Amir Khan and his team want an inquiry into the performance of referee Joseph Cooper after he was defeated by Lamont Peterson in Washington on a split points decision.
Cooper, controversially, deducted Khan two points for ‘pushing’ and the decision ultimately cost him his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.
Team Khan also want to clarify the scores from the fight as the two boxers prepare for a rematch.
A statement 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.”
Khan ready for rematch after shock defeat to American
Britain’s Amir Khan, saying he felt a rightful victory was stolen from him on Saturday, vowed to return stronger after a controversial majority decision defeat to American Lamont Peterson.
The 25-year-old English boxer said he was putting his plans to rise into the welterweight ranks on hold for one more fight in order to face Peterson in a rematch that he hopes will be staged in England.
Referee Joe Cooper took points from Khan in the seventh and 12th rounds for shoving hometown hero Peterson and that proved to be the margin of Khan’s loss before a sellout crowd of 8,647 at the Washington Convention Center.
One judge scored Khan a 115-110 winner while the other two handed Peterson the verdict by 113-112.
All three judges scored the last round even, so Khan would have kept his titles by majority draw without the last deduction.
“I was up against the referee and Lamont,” Khan said. “The referee was a bit on his side. When you come to his home, you are two points down before the fight starts. I went to his hometown. I beat him. And I didn’t get it.
“A few of the (boxing) commissioners came to me and said that it was a disgusting decision. Even Lamont was shocked he won the fight.”
Khan called it “all a learning curve” and vowed “I will come back stronger.” “It’s boxing. You live another day. A rematch is what I’m looking at. I want it straight away. I want my two titles back. I know I won that fight and I think everybody else knows I won it too.”
Peterson, once a homeless youth living on the streets of the US capital, relished taking the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation light-welterweight world titles and ignored Khan’s cries of foul.
“I’m a fighter not a referee. I wasn’t caught up into that,” Peterson said. “I was focused on executing my game plan.”
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya was among those shocked by Cooper’s decision to swipe a point from Khan in the last round.
“The first point, OK, we can deal with,” de la Hoya said. “The second point, people are scratching their heads. What happened? What went on? If that point isn’t deducted the fight is a draw. If the two aren’t deducted Amir Khan wins.”
De la Hoya and the fighters want the rematch, but Khan wants it in England or at the very least in a more traditional boxing venue like Las Vegas.
“I came to his home. Let’s see if he’s got the same balls as me,” Khan said. “I don’t think he has. I gave him an opportunity. I think I should get an opportunity back.”
Peterson did not rule out a rematch in England and agreed that sooner would be better.
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