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SPORTS
18 Jan 2012
AMIR KHAN-LAMONT PETERSON HEARING CANCELLED AS APPEAL WITHDRAWN

Wednesday's hearing into Amir Khan's controversial December defeat by Lamont Peterson has been cancelled.

The International Boxing Federation announced that Khan's promoters, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), withdrew its appeal without giving a reason.

GBP later issued a statement saying it was "due to the fact that there was only to be partial representation of fight officials who were involved".

Khan had already arrived in New York for the hearing.

In losing to Peterson, the British fighter relinquished both his IBF and World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterwight belts. But the WBA last week ordered that there should be a rematch and that it should take place within 180 days.

Khan's promotors said they will now "focus their full attention on Amir's next fight" and urged Peterson - who could choose not to fight Khan and relinquish the WBA title instead - to accept a second bout.

"Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan are pleased to have been vindicated by the World Boxing Association's (WBA) recent decision to mandate an immediate rematch and still hope that Mr. Peterson will honour earlier statements in which he asserted that he would be happy to agree to a rematch," their statement continued.

"In that vein, Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan would agree to a 50/50 split of worldwide revenues derived from a rematch (including those derived from the United Kingdom) should Mr. Peterson agree to participate and hope that this will be both financially and professionally satisfying to Mr. Peterson and his team."

An IBF statement earlier said it was unclear why GBP had withdrawn its appeal.

"We have not received any further information on this decision by Golden Boy Promotions," it said.

Khan flew to the United States on Tuesday for the scheduled hearing in Newark, New Jersey, and took to social network site Twitter to announce his arrival.

"Landed safe and sound to New York. 20 minutes through customs, wow never been so quick", he wrote after arriving with his father Shah and his business manager Asif Vali.

Khan's camp were upset that referee Joe Cooper deducted the British fighter two points for pushing during the fight, alleging that the scorecards were interfered with.

They later submitted a formal appeal to the WBA and IBF.

The presence of a mystery man at ringside, later identified as Mustafa Ameen, who conducts "outreach work" for the IBF, added to the controversy.

Ameen, who was due to attend the hearing, stated that he planned to defend his actions.

The IBF previously said that scoring supervisor Michael Welsh, the man to whom Ameen was talking while the fight was in progress, would not be present to give evidence to the three-man panel.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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