Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2-0) has filed an appeal to overturn his split decision loss to Lamont Peterson (30-1-1) on Dec. 10.
“We have appealed,” Khan told BBC sport. “In the next seven to ten days we should find out and it could be overturned. I was treated unfairly during the fight. The referee was from Washington so he was always going to favor the home fighter. He walks the streets of DC, so if he was fair and took points off Peterson he’d be hated in Washington. I don’t think he’ll be refereeing a big fight again. I want a rematch in a neutral venue… I was treated unfairly during the fight. Lamont Peterson’s coach even said to me that he knows how it feels to be robbed.”
Without a question, the points deducted by referee Joe Cooper did turn out to be the decisive factor in Khan’s loss to Lamont Peterson, but it’s hard to see the decision getting overturned. Khan did push a lot during the fight, especially when Peterson was blasting away.
The pushing probably wouldn’t have been called if the fight took place in England, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. As far as I’m concerned, the judges didn’t show any bias on the scorecards, and there isn’t enough evidence to support Khan’s claim that Cooper actions were unfair. Khan was given several warnings before the point deductions, so it’s not as if Cooper behaved erratically.
The appeal just makes Khan look like a poor sport, and I’ll be shocked if the outcome of the fight is overturned.
I do agree with the Khan on the subject of a rematch, and I expect it to be just as entertaining. Khan will need to avenge his loss to Peterson, if he wants truly wants to start facing the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr.