‘Man in the hat’ has been named as IBF official Mustafa Ameen
10:58am UK, Saturday January 07, 2012
Amir Khan’s promoters claim he has been offered a rematch with Lamont Peterson as they named the “mystery man” seen ringside at last month’s title fight as an IBF official.
The British boxer used his Twitter account to post a series of images of the man wearing a dark hat, and to draw attention to his movements around the judges’ table.
The man was seen talking to fight superviser Michael Welsh and pointing to something on the judges’ scorecards being handled by Welsh.
Mustafa Ameen with one of the Klitschko brothers (Facebook pic)
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer claims he has been identified as Mustafa Ameen.
Mr Ameen is an IBF official who was not directly involved with the fight and who is alleged to have connections with Peterson’s trainers.
“His name is Mustafa Ameen and the IBF have confirmed to us his name, and that he’s involved in an official capacity with the IBF,” Mr Schaefer told Sky Sports News.
Amir Khan lost on points to Lamont Peterson
Mr Schaefer added: “However, he was not in Washington in an official IBF capacity, but the IBF asked the Washington commission to issue him a credential so that he could attend the fight.”
Peterson beat the Bolton boxer to claim the IBF and WBA light-welterweight belts in a controversial points decision in Washington DC.
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
But the fight is now expected to be declared a no-contest amid the row.
Mr Schaefer claims Khan has been offered a rematch with the American by the WBA, and the IBF are now likely to follow suit.
“We have been informed by the WBA that they will order an immediate rematch,” Mr Schaefer added.
“We received a verbal confirmation and we will get a written confirmation by Tuesday.
“That means that no fighter can take an interim fight, that the next fight for Peterson would be a rematch.
“We hope that the IBF will follow because that’s the least they can do.”