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RingTV.com: Are you saying that you saw Khan using elbows during the fight?
SI: Oh, yes. After the review, I saw Khan constantly use that elbow. I saw him constantly push off with that. And any good fighter knows that if you push off with that elbow enough, you get bruising on the other fighter.
That's if you hit him in the right spot. That's how cuts take place.
RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on the referee, Cooper's, enforcement of the rules?
SI: I have not talked to the referee. The referee is in Las Vegas at the WBC's convention. I think that he was just trying to enforce the boxing rules.
Not my rules, not the commission's rules. But just the rules of boxing and the rules of engagement.
RingTV.com: What is your response to people who say that Peterson's victory was the result of homecooking, with Cooper being from Virginia, and, as such, being viewed by some as a local referee?
SI: Well, it was an IBF/WBA fight, so they picked the referee. [Note: IBF Championships Chairmain Lindsay Tucker's assertion above.] Did they pick a local referee for their air-travel expenses because they evaluated it or assessed it, then that's what they did.
We didn't pick the referee. They did. They picked the judges. They brought in judges that we have never seen before. So their guys judged the fight and refereed the fight. That wasn't of our doing.
The only thing that we were looking for as a commission was a great fight. A sound fight. That's what we were looking for, and that's what we sanctioned. Cooper is a referee for the IBF.
RingTV.com: Can you address the scoring discrepancy on one of the judges' cards, which, according to Golden Boy Promotions' President, Oscar De La Hoya, was the one from Vazquez that awarded the victory to Khan?
SI: Yes. They wanted me to review the cards. They were so persistant that we review the cards. They were so persistant and their guys were so adamant that I said, "O.K."
And, honestly speaking, Oscar can tell you this, and Bernard Hopkins can tell you this, that they didn't find the error, I found the error in the 10th round. The 10th-round was recorded 10-10.
We went back over that and that's how we got it to 115-110 rather than 114-111. I found that in the 10th round. The other two out of the three were fine.
RingTV.com: Why did it take so long to get the cards into the ring for Buffer to deliver the verdict?
SI: I think that we were just making sure that it was correct and making sure that it was right, and I don't think that there should be a time consideration put on something when you're trying to get it right.
One of the things that we wanted to do was to do a quick tabulation and then get it in. It's a world title fight, and so just to get it in so quickly and be wrong or have to re-calculate something, that does neither one of the fighters justice.
RingTV.com: What is your overall assessment of the way the night went?
SI: You know, it was a great fight. I think that if people look at the past four or five big fights, including Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito, all of these fights lately have had some form of controversy.
They've been tight and they've been good fights, and they've been refereed a little bit harder. They've been judged a little bit harder. But this fight fits right into that. If you go to HBO and look at the last three fights, there's been a little controversy behind all of them.
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