Peterson camp accuse Khan of dirty tricks after world title defeat
Lamont Peterson's trainer and manager has accused Amir Khan of using 'foul tactics and false accusations' to discredit the new champion after last month's controversial fight between the pair.
Khan has publicly aired several grievances surrounding the disputed defeat after losing his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles in Peterson's native Washington on December 10.
Those complaints range from referee Joe Cooper's decision to dock the Englishman two points to the judges' decisions and alleged discrepancies with the scorecards.
Show some respect: Lamont Peterson's trainer and manager are unhappy at Amir Khan's antics since the fight
Khan then reignited the issue last week by questioning the role of the then-unidentified Mustafa Ameen at ringside.
The new champion's team have finally broken their silence, with Barry Hunter, Peterson's mentor, criticising Khan's conduct while making it clear 'mystery man' Ameen has nothing to do with them.
'Unfortunately, we are in this process of dealing with these unfounded protests,” Hunter said in a statement.
'It would be an understatement to characterise Lamont as being disappointed in the unprofessional manner in which Khan is attempting to discredit his performance in the ring and victory.
Early advantage: Khan was on top for the early rounds of the fight
'We were raised to conduct ourselves where champions display professionalism, both in victory and defeat. Lamont previously tasted defeat and handled it the way it should be handled – he worked harder on areas that needed improvement to maximise his performance in the ring. Now, he is world champion.
'Khan blames everyone and everything but his performance and lack of ability to make adjustments in the ring for his loss.”
Hunter continued: 'Each claim is boldly false, but because Golden Boy and Khan have the financial resources to file protests and lawyers to create questionable accusations we are forced to address these issues.
'We will not let these foul tactics take away from Lamont's hard work, dedication and monumental victory.
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'Furthermore, since Khan continues to focus on a man at ringside I want to be very clear – Mustafa Ameen is in no way, nor has he ever been affiliated or associated with anyone within Team Peterson. That includes myself, Lamont and Anthony Peterson (Lamont's brother and fellow fighter).
Man in the hat: Khan's camp have been accused of focusing too much on mystery man Mustafa Ameen
'Real champions don't continue to come up with various excuses and false accusations in hopes that something will stick to cover up for a loss.'
Khan and promoters Golden Boy initially claimed Peterson's team had agreed in principle to a rematch immediately following the split decision verdict, before closing ranks and apparently changing their minds.
Hunter said: 'The bottom line is that after we decided not to accept Golden Boy's offer for a rematch only days after the fight… they started filing protest letters and trying to spin the media as some form of retaliation.
'If the media reports are true, then the actions of a few will put every close decision in boxing in jeopardy of being overturned. We will not let that happen.
'We will continue to fight for what is just and proper.'
The IBF have finally broken their silence by stating the 'man in the hat' Ameen had no business being involved at ringside during the fight.
Ameen, who can be seen on television interacting with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh and allegedly handling scorecards, was identified by Khan's promoter, Richard Schaefer, who also said Ameen was involved with the IBF.
The governing body have explained in a statement that Ameen is not an employee or official of theirs, though he does voluntary work with their programme for retired fighters and will attend their January 18 hearing.
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A statement issued by the organisation's publicist Jeannette Salazar read: 'Shortly over a year ago, IBF president Daryl Peoples and Mr Ameen agreed that he would network on behalf of the organisation with the purpose of connecting with these fighters in order for the IBF to provide them with some financial assistance.
'Mr Ameen's role with the organisation is limited to just this. He is not an employee or an official of the organisation, nor does he receive any monetary compensation from the organisation for his efforts.
'Previous to the Khan-Peterson bout, the IBF made a request for the Washington, D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission to extend Mr Ameen the courtesy of a credential to enter the arena.
'Mr Ameen was not assigned by the IBF to officiate this bout. Despite all that has transpired, at this point the IBF has not changed its stance and plans on moving forth with the hearing as scheduled on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
'Mr Ameen will be present at the hearing to explain his actions and what transpired during the bout between him and Mr Welsh, the WBA supervisor.'