Boxing: Amir Khan withdrew ‘fix’ appeal because they feared it would be ‘one sided’
Published 18/01/2012 | 10:18
AMIR Khan's promoter claims they withdrew their appeal over last month's controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson because they feared today's International Boxing Federation hearing would be "one-sided" and not "fully transparent".
Khan, along with father Shah and business manager Asif Vali, flew to the United States on Tuesday ahead of the hearing in New Jersey, only for it to be cancelled at the 11th hour.
Golden Boy Promotions released a statement outlining their reasons and chief executive Richard Schaefer has revealed they feared they would not get a fair shake at the hearing.
Press Association Sport learned on Tuesday that two men central to Khan's complaints - referee Joe Cooper and World Boxing Association (WBA) supervisor Michael Welsh - would not be present at the hearing.
Cooper has been accused by Khan of unfairly docking him two points in the split decision loss, while Welsh was the man seen being approached and allegedly interfered with by 'mystery man' Mustafa Ameen, who had no apparent reason to be there.
A statement from Golden Boy read: "Due to the fact that there was only to be partial representation of fight officials who were involved with the December 10, 2011 Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson bout at tomorrow's scheduled appeal hearing of the fight's outcome before the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan have decided to withdraw their appeal and focus their full attention on Amir's next fight."
Schaefer told ringtv.com: "You have certain officials who were going to be there telling their side of the story, and you have others which were not going to be there.
"I think that the bottom line is that that would result in a one-sided story, and I have shared my views on this particular subject with the IBF president Daryl Peoples a couple of weeks ago."