Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson
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Amir Khan 139 lbs lost to Lamont Peterson 140 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
- Date: 2011-12-10
- Location: Convention Center, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
- Judge: George Hill 112-113
- Judge: Valerie Dorsett 112-113
- Referee: Joseph Cooper
- Judge: Nelson Vazquez 115-110
- IBF Junior Welterweight Championship (1st defense by Khan)
- WBA Super World Super Lightweight Championship (1st defense by Khan)
- Official scorecards
- Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, the fight was billed as the "Capital Showdown."
- Entering the fight, The Ring magazine ranked Khan No. 1 and Peterson No. 6 at junior welterweight.
- Khan's purse was $1.1 million, and Peterson earned $650,000.
- There was a near-sellout crowd of 8,647.
- Peterson was an 10-1 underdog.
- Khan scored a knockdown in the first round.
- Referee Joseph Cooper deducted two points from Khan for pushing, one in round seven and one in round twelve. In his post-fight writeup, ESPN.com's Dan Rafael wrote that pushing is "a foul call that is highly unusual."
- Golden Boy appealed the decision to both the WBA and IBF. In its appeal letters, Golden Boy pointed out several reasons why it believed Khan deserved an immediate rematch. It said the referee missed a first-round knockdown for Khan, which he ruled a slip. It also claimed that judge George Hill's scoring of the seventh round was originally 10-10 but changed to read 10-8 in Peterson's favor. Another issue Golden Boy raised was that referee Cooper, while docking Khan points for pushing, never addressed Peterson's constant leading with his head. Then there was the much-publicized issue of the so-called ringside "mystery man," who turned out to be Mustafa Ameen. He was affiliated with the IBF and had a credential arranged by the IBF as a courtesy, but was not at the fight in an official capacity. However, he was seen on video at ringside apparently touching the scoring slips, which is against the rules, and distracting a judge. He was later seen in the ring apparently celebrating with the Peterson team after the fight.
- On January 12, 2012, the WBA ordered a rematch. The IBF was set to hear Golden Boy's appeal on January 18, but Golden Boy withdrew its appeal one day before the hearing. "We are not going to go somewhere where we feel we can't get a fair shake, that's the bottom line," Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said. "I feel it is impossible to get a fair shake with the IBF."
- The rematch was set for May 19, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it was canceled on May 9, two days after it was revealed that Peterson had failed a random urine test. His sample came back positive for synthetic testosterone, a banned substance. Peterson said he took it under the supervision of a doctor for medical purposes — an abnormally low testosterone level. However, Peterson did not disclose it to the Nevada State Athletic Commission or to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which was overseeing the random pre-fight testing that Peterson asked for and Khan agreed to.
- Peterson admitted that testosterone pellets had been implanted in him shortly before his fight with Khan in December. As a result, the WBA stripped Peterson and reinstated Khan as the WBA Super World Super Lightweight Champion on July 11, 2012. However, on August 10, the IBF announced that Peterson would be allowed to keep the IBF title.
- Golden Boy tried to have the result changed to a no-contest, but the victory for Peterson was upheld.
- "Khan vs. Peterson, round-by-round" By Lem Satterfield, RINGTV.com, December 10, 2011
- "Peterson finally wins a big fight against Khan, and it was a thriller" By Michael Coppinger, RINGTV.com, December 11, 2011
- "Lamont Peterson upsets Amir Khan" By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, December 11, 2011
- "Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan II ordered" By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, January 13, 2012
- "Amir Khan drops appeal with IBF" By Dan Rafael, January 17, 2012
- "Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan canceled" By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, May 10, 2012
- "Amir Khan pursuing no-contest" By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, May 12, 2012
- "Amir Khan reinstated as WBA champ" By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, July 11, 2012
- "Lamont Peterson can keep IBF title" By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, August 10, 2012