Boxing: Khan camp label Peterson a 'disgrace' after fans lose out
Friday 11 May 2012
Richard Schaefer, Amir Khan's promoter, branded Lamont Peterson "a disgrace" yesterday for failing a drugs test and not disclosing the fact, thereby costing Khan's fans hundreds of pounds in wasted airfares and hotel rooms following the cancellation of their world-title fight, scheduled for Las Vegas on 19 May.
It was revealed on Monday that Peterson had tested positive for synthetic testosterone on both the A and B samples of a routine drug test, which he took alongside Khan in Los Angeles on 19 March. On 13 April, the day after he found out he had failed the A test, he took another test which, on 2 May, was found to be negative and could partially explain why negotiations for the fight continued for 72 hours after the initial results were known.
Peterson at first claimed to have no idea what had caused the failed test but he suddenly remembered that he had taken testosterone pellets under a doctor's guidance in Las Vegas last October because he was suffering from fatigue. The admission, which amazingly was not enough for the fight to be instantly cancelled, means that Peterson's marginal victory over Khan last December is now being investigated by the relevant sanctioning bodies. Schaefer has demanded that the fight be ruled a No Contest and that Khan should get his two championship belts back.
Schaefer is adamant that, had Peterson's representatives told him there was a problem with the A sample on 12 April, there would have been a chance the show could have been saved. "This is a disgrace, thousands of Amir's fans are out of pocket and we [Golden Boy Promotions] have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because we didn't have enough time to save the night," Schaefer said.
It has also been discovered that the Nevada State Athletic Commission wanted to examine Peterson's medical dossier, a package that was delivered by Peterson's lawyers on Tuesday, and tried to arrange a meeting next week between both sides. However, the hastily arranged meeting would have been too close to the fight's first bell, and late on Wednesday night in Las Vegas it was left to Schaefer to call it off officially.
Khan wanted to fight to get revenge for a controversial loss last December but there remains a lingering suspicion that his payday was also a factor.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company offers London's best photo booth ...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Gas Service Engineers ...
£50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an incredible opportunity for a ...
£16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Administrator is requir...