Golden Boy expects the IBF to order an immediate rematch between Khan and Peterson
By Sean McDaniel: Golden Boy Promotions are working to cut off any avenue of retreat for Lamont Peterson after he beat their fighter Amir Khan last Saturday night to win his IBF and WBA light welterweight titles. Golden Boy, who promotes Khan, are appealing the decision loss to try and get it overturned with the International Boxing Federation (IBF), WBA and the Washington Athletic Commission.
Their argument is that there was something funny about the scorecards, and they also took issue with the two 1-point penalizations that referee Joe Cooper took from Khan for shoving Peterson in rounds 7 & 12. The chances of having the fight outcome reversed are unknown at this point, but Golden Boy feels condiment at the very least the IBF will order an immediate rematch.
In that case, Peterson would be forced to either give up that belt or agree to fight Khan. Peterson isn’t afraid of fighting Khan again; He just wants to make sure he gets the best deal out there for him, and Golden Boy and Khan are really in a huge hurray to line up the rematch because they want to get the belts back. Peterson’s trainer Barry Hunter said already that they’ll vacate the titles if they have to.
They won’t be forced to take a fight if it doesn’t make good business sense. They’ll obviously go where the money is the biggest. But there are things that could turn them off for a potential rematch with Khan, such as Golden Boy picking a referee that is noted for not tolerating inside fighting. By facing Khan immediately, Peterson doesn’t even get a small money fight against one of the fringe contender. Khan did this recently when he fought Paul McCloskey rather than the more dangerous Peterson.