Schaefer believes he has a good chance of getting Khan loss overturned
By Sean McDaniel: Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer believes he’s got enough information to get his fighter former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan’s loss to Lamont Peterson overturned so that Khan will not only get his titles back but will be given a win. Khan lost a 12 round split decision to Lamont Peterson on December 10th by the scores of 115-110 for Khan, and 113-112 and 113-112 for Peterson.
Schaefer told thesun.co.uk “We believe there are enough grounds to have the decision overturned. What happened was one of the worst cases ever of home cooking.”
What Schaefer is talking about is referee Joe Cooper taking two points off of Khan for the rarely called foul of pushing off. Schaefer and Khan both feel those point deductions were unjustified and feel that Peterson should have lost points for coming in with his head. Khan spent a good portion of the fight grabbing Peterson by the head and pulling forward and down. Khan says he had to do this in order to prevent from getting headbutted by Peterson after the referee failed to act. Likewise, Khan also put Peterson in numerous headlocks for the same reason.
The only issue with this excuse is that Khan has used the head grabbing technique in past fights when his opposition wasn’t anywhere near Khan’s chest. He would loop both arms around the back of his opponents head then pull forward until they were bent over. In some cases, Khan would hit them when they were in this helpless state. This was what Khan did in finishing off Zab Judah in his fight before the Peterson bout.
Khan and Schaefer have appealed the decision to the IBF and WBA to get the decision overturned. The International Boxing Federation (IBF) already came forward two days ago saying that they saw nothing unwarranted from the referee in taking points off from Khan given that he had been warned previously to stop pushing off. The World Boxing Association (WBA) has still yet to make a determination on the case.
The IBF and WBA will reportedly be meeting on 1/18 to decide whether to overturn it or not. Schaefer feels pretty confident, so he must have a good idea that he could get his way. However, you would have to assume that both the IBF and WBA would to agree on overturning it otherwise Khan could end up with a win by one sanctioning body and a loss from the other.