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Amir Khan wants a rematch so badly that Lamont Peterson's been offered at least $1 million for a return bout.
IBF Championships Chairman, Lindsay Tucker, told RingTV.com on Wednesday that his organization plans to review the three scorecards from Lamont Peterson's upset split-decision victory over Amir Khan.
Tucker said that he is doing so at the request of Khan's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, which has requested that Washington D.C.Boxing and Wrestling Commission chairman, Scottie Irving, overturn the result of the win by Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) over Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) in relation to what Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, has alledged are scoring descrepancies and poor officiating.
Peterson edged Khan, 113-112 on the cards of judges George Hill of New Jersey and Valerie Dorsett of North Carolina, and losing 115-110 on that of Nelson Vazquez of Puerto Rico.
Organizations assign their own official scorers to bouts as backup references, and WBA representative, Michael Welsh, scored it a draw, according to Schaefer, while the IBF's rep Paul Ortiz had it for Peterson, said Tucker.
In addition, Khan was deducted one point each during the the seventh and 12th rounds by Virginia's Joe Cooper, who was chosen by the commission from a list of four judges provided by the IBF, according to Tucker and Irving.
"I'm going to try to get a copy of the individual scorecards [on Thursday] from the D.C. Commission, and then we can tally up the scores," said Tucker. "And then, we can tell what the actual scores was in case somebody miscued the score that was annouced. We will go through the cards, round-by-round."
Also, IBF president Darryl Peoples confirmed to The Associated Press that Khan's camp has filed what is considered a formal protest, according to Tucker, against Cooper's decision to deduct points.
"We have just asked Golden Boy Promotions for a DVD of the tape so I can review it with the Championships chairman," Peoples told the AP.
In the case of Khan, the fighter was penalized for pushing Peterson's head down in the seventh, and for shoving Peterson away in the 12th. Others on the list of referees provided by the IBF included New Jersey's Eddie Cotton, Pennsylvania's Ernest Sharif and Michigan's Sam Williams. The three judges were chosen from a list of eight names provided by the IBF.
Tucker acknowledged that Ortiz's scorecard went missing between the time it took for Ortiz to enter the ring and place the belt around Peterson's waist, and his return to ringside. Tucker said that the document was removed by a D.C. commission official, but does not appear to suspect tampering.
"When he got up to go into the ring to put the ring around Peterson's waist after the scores were announced. When he came back, one of the D.C. commissioners had grabbed his master scorecard and put it away," said Tucker.
"I guess by the time he came down, it had been removed, but he has it back already. But what I really want to see are the indivdual scorecards. That's going to tell me, even if somebody made a mistake on the master scorecard, the individual scorecards will tell me what the true score was."
During an interview with RingTV.com, Irving addressed the notion of a scoring descrepancy on one of the official scorecards, the five-or-so minutes of time it took for the cards to be delivered to the ring for the verdict to be announced by Michael Buffer and the fouling calls against Khan.
Schaefer said that Golden Boy still is, nevertheless, seeking to have the decision overturned by the commission, the IBF and the WBA based on what he believes are suspicious circumstances surrounding the scoring and the officiating of Cooper.