Last December, Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan put on one of the most entertaining boxing matches of 2011, with the Washington, D.C. native walking away with a controversial split decision.
Many boxing fans were looking forward to the May 19 rematch between the two, but that bout may now be off. Peterson tested positive for a banned substance while undergoing Olympic style drug testing (OSDT) leading up to the rematch, as agreed upon by both fighters.
“We have tremendous respect for VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] and its mission,” Peterson spokesman Andre Johnson told Boxingscene.com. “Lamont, Barry and the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible. We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the rules of the Nevada athletic commission. … Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence, and we plan to submit the medical findings by close of business Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”
Khan fought better in the earlier rounds of their Dec. 10 encounter, but Peterson fought back in the latter rounds, forcing the British boxer to get on his bike. Khan resulted to pushing to keep Peterson off, but it ended up costing him the fight. Fed up with Khan’s antics, referee Joe Cooper deducted points from him in rounds 7 and 12, two points that ended up being the deciding factor in the fight.
Khan didn’t waste any time appealing the decision, and the WBA granted him his wish (rightfully so, considering the clear interference by “mystery man,” Mustafa Ameen), mandating a rematch between the two. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance the rematch will now be cancelled, robbing Khan of the opportunity to avenge his second loss.
David P. Greisman, “Lamont Peterson Tests Positive? Team Issues Statement”
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