As negotiations for an anticipated rematch between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan continued, representatives for both sides convened at the John A. Wilson Building in the District on Friday morning for a hearing to examine alleged improprieties during and after the Dec. 10 title fight at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large) chaired the hearing as part of the Committee on Small and Local Business Development, which has jurisdiction over the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission. The commission came under fire from Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Khan’s publicity, for what they charge were judging and officiating irregularities following the 12-round split decision that awarded the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation junior welterweight belts to Peterson, a native of the District.
Orange said during his opening statements he organized the hearing to ensure the integrity of the nation’s capital as a viable site for major championship boxing in the wake of those claims. He also cited as further grounds for the hearing Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer’s comments indicating Golden Boy would have no alternative but to file suit against the D.C. Boxing Commission if no action was taken in addressing their grievances.