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Mendoza: Khan deserves rematch over fight scandal

Mendoza: Khan deserves rematch over fight scandal

The head of the World Boxing Association called for a rematch of the light-welterweight title fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson after fresh questions were raised on Friday about the legitimacy of the American's victory.
The WBA is studying images of an unidentified man accused by Khan of interfering with the judges and leaning over WBA supervisor Michael Welsh during the controversial fight in Washington on Dec. 10.
WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said the man in question was unknown to his organization and questioned what he was doing at ringside.
"We don't have an idea who this guy is, we can't identify him," Mendoza told Sky Sports. "The guy ... told Mr. Welsh that he was an IBF official, but we have consulted several persons at the IBF and they've also said they don't know who this person is."
Asked by The Associated Press for a comment on the issue, IBF public relations director Jeanette Salazar said the governing body wouldn't be putting out a statement in order to "preserve the integrity" of an Jan. 18 hearing into Khan's appeal against his loss.
"We are not addressing it at all at this point," Salazar said.
Mendoza, who is waiting to hear whether the Washington D.C. commission know who the man is, said "there were a lot of things that make this fight controversial."
When asked if there should be a rematch, he said: "This will be my personal opinion but that would be the right decision at the moment."
Khan lost his IBF and WBA titles in the fight on a split decision after being docked two points for pushing.
"I really think the whole world thinks I deserve this rematch because I know I was treated unfairly," Khan said.


Updated : 2021-01-22 19:07 GMT+08:00