Amir Khan withdraws Lamont Peterson appeal

Has Peterson agreed a rematch Khan drops appeal into controversial title defeat

Amir Khan has dramatically withdrawn his appeal against his controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson — with a rematch appearing to have been agreed between their two camps.

The International Boxing Federation announced just hours before the hearing was scheduled to start in Newark, New Jersey that Khan’s team, Golden Boy Promotions, had changed their minds without giving a reason.

Khan had not given any clues a short time before as he arrived in the US, confirming via Twitter: ‘Landed safe and sound to New York.’

Blow: Amir Khan (left) was beaten by Lamont Peterson in Washington

Blow: Amir Khan (left) was beaten by Lamont Peterson in Washington

In losing to Peterson, Khan relinquished both his IBF and WBA belts, but the WBA last week ordered a rematch to take place within 180 days after Khan’s claims of wrongdoing at ringside in Washington on December 10.

An IBF statement said: 'The hearing that was scheduled for
Wednesday has been cancelled. We have not received any further
information on this decision by Golden Boy Promotions.'

Khan complained to both the WBA and
IBF after losing his light-welterweight titles to Peterson in the
American's native Washington on December 10.

He highlighted several grievances,
chiefly referee Joe Cooper's deduction of two points, the judges'
scoring of the bout and the unexplained presence of 'mystery man'
Mustafa Ameen at ringside.

Khan, along with father Shah and
business manager Asif Vali, flew from Britain to the United States ahead of the hearing in Newark, New Jersey.

Mystery: The IBF were going to look at the role played by Mustafa Ameen (left)

Mystery: The IBF were going to look at the role played by Mustafa Ameen (left)

Khan's team has demanded answers to a
number of questions – not least what role Ameen played when interacting
with ringside officials.

One possible explanation for the withdrawal of the appeal could be that Golden Boy and Peterson's team have come to an agreement over a rematch between themselves.

That, however, would not explain why Khan's team are remaining silent on the matter. Neither they nor Golden Boy Promotions were answering calls on Tuesday night.

So-called 'mystery man' Ameen was due to speak at the hearing. However, arguably the most credible witness was not due to be present in Newark, New Jersey, with the IBF confirming that Welsh was not going to be there to explain what Ameen was doing or saying, because he is a representative of another governing body and therefore not answerable to them.