After watching the fight again, Khan deserved to lose and should have been disqualified for fouling
I looked all the variables in the fight – Peterson’s beautiful inside work, the claims from Khan fans that Peterson was coming in with his head, Khan’s grabbing and pulling down on Peterson’s head, Khan’s constant shoving of Peterson – and I’ve concluded that Khan definitely deserved to lose the fight to Peterson. But I actually I think Khan should have been disqualified for fouling by the 9th round when it was painfully obvious that he couldn’t or wouldn’t follow the referee’s directions to stop fouling by shoving Peterson every time he came close.
Khan lost a point in the 7th from referee Joe Cooper for pushing off. At that point, khan had already pushed Peterson 18 times in the fight. Normally, you would think that Khan would make some adjustments to the previous warnings and the one point deductions by stopping with his pushing off.
But Khan continued to push off until the 12th, when he lost a second point on his 50th push in the fight. The referee allowed Khan to get in 31 extra pushes before he deducted another point in the 12th.
That’s way too much from my point of view. If this was a case of Khan blasting Peterson below the belt, do you think Khan should or would have been allowed to land another 30 low blows before he lost another point?
If you’re going to call pushing off as a foul, then you got to nip that behavior from Khan in the bud early on or disqualify him. Since Khan was resistant to changing his fouling behavior in the ring, he needed to be disqualified. That’s how it is in boxing.
If you’ve got a fighter that can’t follow instructions and continues to foul after warnings and penalization’s, that fight needs to be disqualified. And Khan got away with far worse fouls then just pushing off.
His pulling down on Peterson’s head was a much worse problem than just the shoving that Khan was doing. Khan should have lost points in this fight for that foul, and he should have also lost points for the same foul in his fights against Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah.
I’m sorry but Khan deserved to lose this fight, and his appeal to the IBF and WBA is baseless.