Junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson has taken another step in trying to end Amir Khan’s protests over what Khan’s camp alleged were improprieties in judging and officiating during their Dec. 10 title bout at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Jeff Fried, the attorney representing Peterson, faxed and e-mailed paperwork to the World Boxing Association on Wednesday afternoon urging the sanctioning body to overturn its decision last week ordering an immediate rematch. The WBA issued its ruling after Khan and his Golden Boy Promotions team filed an appeal in the wake of Khan’s loss to Peterson via 12-round split decision.
Khan decried the outcome of the fight, citing referee Joe Cooper’s deduction of two points without warning and outside interference with the judging at ringside. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer reiterated those charges in a news conference shortly after the bout and applauded the WBA’s decision during a telephone interview on Friday.