Amir Khan ponders the mysterious man in the hat. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Amir Khan is still whining about his loss to Lamont Peterson but he has a theory about it now. In a series of pictures that Amir Khan posted on Lockerz, Amir Khan shows the story of the mysterious guy down in front. The guy is right next to Michael Walsh the WBA supervisor and judges panel in the first couple of shots and it seems that the guy is having a conversation with the judges. In the series of pictures, several times this mysterious guy is seen talking with the judges and Michael Walsh or even pointing to something on the scorecards. The mysterious guy does this several times during the fight even picking up one of the judges scorecards during the fight. Amir Khan open asks if anyone knows whom this guy is and what is he doing. The majority of the photos seem to be taken from rounds 6, 7, and 11.
The guy clearly seems to be doing something strange and Khan might be right in publicly questioning what is happening. So I looked into the WBA official rules to see if there is a possible explanation for these events. It may be a person referred to in the rules as the Supervisor. The Supervisor is essentially a person who represents the President of the WBA if the WBA president cannot attend the fight. From the WBA rules regarding the powers of the Supervisor:
"During a sanctioned contest or its related preliminary matters, a Supervisor is empowered to resolve unforeseen issues that require an immediate decision. The Supervisor's decision in these exceptional cases is irrevocable"
However the question remains why is this guy messing with the judges' scorecards? Well in emergency cases it is up to the Supervisor to appoint a new judge, so the Supervisor needs to be informed about the scorecards I guess. It is stipulated in the official WBA rules that the Supervisor must have a ringside seat which would explain his location. I'm pretty sure that the "Mysterious Guy" is the local Supervisor, but I'm certain that some more information about this guy will come out in the next couple of days.