Khan vs Peterson Rematch: IBF Throws Out Appeal, No Rematch Ordered

Amir Khan's request for an immediate rematch with Lamont Peterson has been denied by the IBF. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

After giving the December 10 fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson a review, and taking under consideration Khan's concerns about the officiating in the bout, the IBF has chosen not to order an immediate rematch between the two fighters.

From ESPN UK:

"We found no discrepancies that would affect the outcome or the result of the fight," IBF championships chairman Lindsay Tucker said. "We decided not to order an immediate rematch on the basis of the fact that in the rules, if the referee feels that it's a foul, then that's his call to take a point.

"He did warn Khan several times before he actually took the first point."

Right now, it appears that Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO) is going to target a unification fight with Timothy Bradley, who still holds the WBO title, and is the only man to date to defeat Peterson. It would be a rematch of a 2009 fight, which Bradley won on wide scores.

[ Related: DC Commission Fine With Officiating ]

Khan and Golden Boy have reportedly made a $1 million offer to Peterson for a rematch, so that still could happen. It depends on what Bradley and Top Rank think Bradley vs Peterson II is worth. For them, there's no burning rush to get to that one -- Bradley beat Peterson clean and clear two years ago, and is now seen as the obvious No. 1 fighter in the division.

Khan, on the other hand, needs to get the win back to move forward. It's clearly gnawing at him badly, and he's just not come off well in the aftermath of the fight. Even without being ordered to do it, Peterson may simply receive too good an offer to not fight a rematch with Khan.

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