On a confrence call earlier this afternoon Amir Khan revealed that he feels he was robbed in DC and wants the DC commission, the IBF, and the WBA to make things right. He will settle for a rematch but would prefer for the decision to be overturned outright and for what he feels to still be his titles to be returned to him. Khan feels that the decision being reversed would do a lot to repair the image of DC as a venue for boxing and restoring other boxers’ confidence in fighting in the nation’s capital. Khan and his representatives do have a seven figure offer to Lamont Peterson on the table for a May 19 rematch at the Staples Center.
This is where sports fail. Aside from a knockout or a submission combat sports are going to be decided by the refs and judges. Letting a fight go to the scorecard is begging for controversy. The job of the refs is to keep order and to make sure the participants decide the outcome. Khan feels that Joe Cooper was against him the entire fight and now the outcome will be decided in the court room.
Whatever the decision of the appeal process is there should be a rematch. The first Khan/Peterson fight was too good to not happen again. Controversy is a part of boxing more than it is any other sport, and the holder of the WBA and IBF Light Welterweight titles should be decided in the ring and not a court room.