WBA to investigate Khan's controversial defeat and 'unknown' mystery man at ringside
Amir Khan's fears that a mystery man interfered with the scoring during his clash with Lamont Peterson last month will be examined by the WBA.
Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight title belts to Peterson on points in Washington, after the Briton was deducted two points for pushing.
But subsequent viewing of the fight revealed the appearance of a mystery man at ringside and the evidence will now be examined by the WBA and the Washington Boxing Commission.
Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the vice-president of the World Boxing Association, says the unidentified man accused byKhan of interfering with the judges during his defeat to Lamont Peterson last month is 'unknown' to the organisation.
Controversial: Khan lost his clash with Peterson on points last month
Mendoza confirmed that the WBA are
investigating Khan's comments, and insisted the man shown in the images
is not known by the governing body.
'I am going over the facts but this man is also unknown to us,' he said.
Many pundits and fans questioned the judging after the fight, and Khan lodged an appeal.
The 26-year-old took to Twitter to
send out a number of images of the fight and was particularly concerned
with the appearance a man wearing a hat at ringside.
Here is the full list of Amir Khan's Tweets sent on Thursday afternoon:
'hey tweeps, i want to share with my fans the latest on the peterson fight situation, the truth is finaly coming out slowly but surely'
'i knew there was something dodgey with the scoring, forget about the fight and the ref for now, im my own biggest critic i know what'
'i done right and wrong, very close fight Peterson fought great but i still believe i won by 1 or 2 rounds, i aint whining or complaing'
'ther has been some crazy judging in 2011 n i want 2 put a stop to it'
'if I lost fair and square then fair enough I've lost n I move on, but does it really take over 10 minutes from the final bell to decide who's won we've filed an appeal through and we should get a decision from the WBA and the IBF within the next 2 weeks'
'I'm angry as I want the rematch next to put things straight but it doesn't look like he wants it'
'watch the fight from 9.10 seconds of this video ther is a guy wearing a grey suit with a blue shirt wearing a hat'
'Sat on the main judges panel at the front on the right hand side 3rd to the end'
'No1 knows who this guy is and he is now bieng asked to move by Michael Walsh who is the main supervisor for the wba as he should be sat there'
'He now gets a chair and sits slightly infront of @OscarDeLaHoya and my father'
'At the beginning of round 2 he manages to squeeze in at the front again sat next to Michael Walsh'
'Now the IBF and the WBA have still not confirmed who this guy is till this date and what he was doing there.. Now the interesting part'
'I watched the whole fight again this time just concentrating on this guy wearing the hat, thanks to allot of friends and boxing experts who pointed this out to me'
'Now this guy doesn't do anything apart from watching the fight but that's only until round 6 when he starts to interfere!'
'From round 6 all the way through to round 12 this guy starts to interfere with what Michael Walsh is doing and they are both not watching the fight, watch the video and have a look for yourselfs'
'This is what I meant on how he was interfeering, as no one is allowed according to the rules to touch hold the scorescards or even talk to the judges n commision during the fight'
'There are 3 judges in a fight n all have different colour slips, n at the end of evry round thy get passed on to the wba ibf n dc commision'
'This pic shows here in round 6 the guy wearing the hat clearing picks up one of the judges white slips n if you watch the video slides it down and towards him'
'Another pic of the guy wearing the hat interfering different camera angle'
'And this guy doese it again at the beginning of round 7, n carries on throughout all the way to the end of the fight wtf'
'Again in round 8 and round 9, cleary not watching the fight at all and not allowing Michael Walsh to watch too'
'This time in round 11 he's seen here clearly picking up a yellow judges slip.. Strictly againts the rules'
'I've read in some articles and people have also told me that after the fight Michael Walsh the guy in the red tie apparently said his score
cards didn't match up to the others, it wasn't fair and he looked really
scared and he was told to butt out and there was nothing he could do..
Since then no one has heard from him'
'I want Michael Walsh to come out and speak out about what was going on, its only right and fair to do so'
'Heres a Close up pic The question is.. Who is this guy And what was he doing I'm sure someone outthere knows'
'watch here for yourselfs round 6-12 will be interesting if we finally get our answer'
Khan's business manager Asif Vali has backed up his fighter's concerns about the man's ringside actions.
'This individual came in round one, snuck in in front of myself and Amir's father, Shah, sat in and then pulled a chair straight up to the table,' Vali told Sky Sports News.
'We don't know who the official is. We've asked the question, we've written to Washington DC and we're still waiting for their response, and we've written to the IBF and they've still not responded.
'You can see clearly on the pictures that he's handling the slips in between rounds and he's talking and liaising with the WBA official.
'He identified himself as an IBF official. Now there was no seat on the top table for this individual – we already had a designated seat for an IBF official which was taken up, and we don't know who this guy is.'
Vali claimed that WBA official Welsh appeared to be 'frightened' by the presence of the individual.
'The conversation between the WBA official and this individual seems to be ongoing at all times,' he said. 'We've not heard or seen of Michael Welsh since the fight. Golden Boy Promotions [Khan's US-based promoter] have tried to get some answers from the WBA.
'He [Welsh] looked frightened, as Richard Schaefer [head of Golden Boy Promotions] had said previously within our conference call, and we just want some answers about what was he frightened for.
'It could be nothing at all, it could be very legitimate; we're just asking for the answers.
Packing a punch: Peteson and Khan do battle in Washington last month
'There's obviously something wrong there. If the answers are legitimate, fine, we'll accept them. If they're not legitimate, then we hope the rematch takes place, and if the rematch takes place, all this can be squashed.'
Asif Vali confirmed they have asked for explanations from the various governing bodies relating to a number of their concerns but have yet to receive answers.
On Friday, Vali added: 'There are four or five different things that require answers and my job is to ensure we get those answers.
'I want to know the reason this person sat there and what's going on. We did the table plan with Golden Boy Promotions and the WBA official was already in his seat and the IBF official was already in his seat, so who is this person What's he doing talking to the WBA Why is he handling the slips
'These are legitimate questions and if they give us sufficient reasons for it then I'll accept it. I want to see what the reasons are.
'We're not saying there is foul play involved in any way, shape or form. I just need the answers for the sequence of events that have taken place. Nothing else. I'm not accusing any of the bodies. Lamont Peterson is the champion and good luck to him for 2012. My job is to get these answers.'
The president of the WBA, Gilberto Mendoza, told the BBC that he is examining Khan's Twitter allegations and will make a response to the Briton's camp within the next 24 hours.