'Mystery man' Ameen fights back against Khan claims and defends ringside presence
The 'mystery man' at the centre of the latest controversy surrounding Amir Khan's defeat by Lamont Peterson has revealed he will attend a hearing into the fight on January 18 and insists he has 'nothing to hide'.
Mustafa Ameen hit the headlines when Khan questioned his ringside presence during the split decision loss in Washington DC that cost him his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.
The Bolton fighter – who has previously complained about referee Joe Cooper's performance and questioned the judges' scoring of the fight – used his Twitter account to post a series of images of Ameen, seen wearing a dark hat, and to draw attention to his movements around the judges' table during the fight.
Mystery: Boxer Lamont Peterson, center, celebrates after defeating Amir Khan, but Khan is suspicious about the presence of Mustafa Ameen (left)
Maligned: Khan accused Ameen of interfering with the judging of his bout
Khan's promoter, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, identified the man as Ameen, who supposedly has ties to the IBF.
Ameen himself has finally broken his silence and reportedly said on Facebook: 'So you are questioning if I did something to harm my Muslim brother (Khan) May almighty Allah protect me from what you and the rest of you assert. Don't make assumptions based on allegations.'
Ameen also gave an interview to boxingscene.com insisting he will keep his counsel until the scheduled IBF hearing – which could lead to the body ordering a rematch – has been held.
'To be quite honest, there's a formal hearing,' he said. 'Amir Khan and Golden Boy have requested a hearing to appeal the decision and I am going to participate in the hearing and I'm not going to take the path that others have taken and state my case on the internet and in the media.
'I think it's important to let the facts
be known and I don't want anybody crafting a defence based on something
that someone wrote on the internet on what I said happened. I will
defer any explanation telling them, telling anybody else that's an
interested party at the official hearing.
Battle: Khan gets to grips with Peterson during their bout
Recovery: Khan is tended to after the fight
'I've got nothing to hide. I'm not running or ducking or anything.
'Without talking about the merits of what happened, I will just say that there's a lot of misinformation. I've been called a lot of names over the past several days and that attacks my credibility, attacks my reputation that I worked very hard on in all my years in boxing.
'I'll tell you that that part is definitely something I'm going to defend prior to the hearing.'
Ameen's identity was initially unknown but he is in fact an experienced figure in the sport and is seemingly a close associate of American amateur heavyweight star Michael Hunter.
'There's a lot of things that have been said, that have been put on the internet, which is why I'm going to refuse to fight my defence on the internet,' he said.
'It's just unfair. I'm known in boxing circles, I'm not a secret. [It's unfair] for them to slander me and undo all the things that I've worked hard for in terms of my reputation. I'm going to defer to the hearing and I've got nothing to hide. People know me through Michael Hunter and the IBF.
'I'm not a mystery man at all. That was a bunch of BS from the very beginning.'
Khan's team want the fight declared a no contest – which would give him his titles back – after criticising Cooper's deduction of two points while also highlighting several ambiguities on the night, the latest of which is Ameen's presence and alleged interference with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh.