British boxer Amir Khan has accused an unidentified man of “interfering” with ringside officials during his defeat to Lamont Peterson in December, telling Sky News: “We want answers.”
He claims fight supervisor Michael Welsh, who was in charge of the judges’ scorecards, was disturbed in six rounds by a man sitting to his left.
The 25-year-old is having his appeal against a controversial points decision heard later this month. He has demanded a rematch with Peterson, who says Khan is “wasting his energy”.
Khan told Sky he had taken to Twitter to send out a series of images of the fight in Washington DC after the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) failed to respond to his complaints about the unidentified man.
The Bolton boxer has previously voiced concerns over the performance of referee Joe Cooper – who deducted two points from Khan for pushing – and alleged irregularities with scorecards.
His narrow defeat cost him the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.
In a series of 30 tweets Khan alleged the unidentified man in a blue shirt and hat should not have been talking to WBA supervisor Mr Welsh, saying he started to “interfere” with him in round six and continued until the end of the fight.
He claimed that the unidentified man handled scorecards, which were handed to Mr Welsh at the end of each round.
He told Sky he wanted to know why the man was “passing papers around”.
“That’s what the rules are in boxing,” he added. “No-one else is allowed to touch the judges’ scorecards, or talk to them, they’re to be left alone.”
The 2004 Olympic silver medallist urged Mr Welsh to speak out on the matter.
Khan’s business manager Asif Vali said the boxer simply wants to find out what the man was doing before his appeals hearing.
Mr Vali told Sky: “In my opinion, I thought there was something wrong.”
The president of the WBA is expected to respond to the allegations in the next 24 hours.
Robert Smith, chief executive of the British Boxing Board of Control, said it was too early to take a view without “all the facts”, adding: “Obviously we need to find out who this unidentified individual was.”
Peterson said he was “tired” of hearing Khan’s complaints.
“I’m at the point where I’m like, ‘Forget it.’,” he told the Washington Post. “I know the hearing’s coming up. Whatever they decide, they decide. I’m not going to sit and cry about anything… I believe I won the fight.”
This time in round 11 he’s seen here clearly picking up a yellow judges slip.. Strictly againts the rules http://lockerz.com/s/171792928
January 5, 2012
Some Twitter users have accused Khan of “bellyaching”.
One, BriceRobinson, said: “Why doesn’t Amir Khan at least try to show some class outside the ring and admit defeat graciously. He clearly lost that fight! #soreloser.”
But others have come out in support of the boxer, including James Corden, the host of Sky 1 sports panel show A League Of Their Own. He said: “(It’s) an outrage how he lost that fight.”