Lamont Peterson may not be able to turn down a rematch with Amir Khan -- either because the money's too good or the IBF mandates the return bout. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
In a move that will surely fail to come off as anything but whiny desperation from Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer tells Lem Satterfield that he's trying to get the DC commission to overturn the decision in last Saturday's Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson fight.
Schaefer's reasoning? "Suspicious circumstances" surrounding the scoring and refereeing in the fight.
The IBF is requesting the judges' individual scorecards for review. The most ridiculous scorecard of the lot was the one that gave Amir Khan nine of the 12 rounds, in my view, but I don't suppose that one is the one that will be "looked into."
There's very little chance that the DC commission overturns the decision unless there is some evidence of true corruption found with a judge or referee Joe Cooper, and I don't think Joe Cooper was corrupted in any way, and the judges' cards made sense to me except for Nelson Vazquez's 9-3, 115-110 Khan card. It would be hard to prove just looking at the fight, where Khan shoved Peterson constantly (and highlight videos of that have been made already). The referee enforced rules. You can argue he did so too aggressively, but I don't think there's any way to prove he was being truly biased.
But what definitely could happen is the IBF ordering an immediate rematch. Golden Boy says they've offered Peterson a $1,000,000 purse for a rematch, and I don't think Lamont Peterson is in any position to scoff at a million bucks. Keep in mind that's half of what Victor Ortiz made to fight Floyd Mayweather in September.
One way or another, Golden Boy is aggressively pursuing getting Khan the rematch, and they're exploring every avenue. You don't have to like it, but they're doing their jobs here, protecting their fighter and trying to get him the fight that he wants, and that they want.