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Mustafa Ameen: "I look forward to answering the false allegations that I interfered with the WBA Supervisor, and somehow tainted the scorecards."
The man first identifed as Mustafa Ameen [pictured above, at far right] by RingTV.com has confirmed himself to be the "Mystery Man" whose ringside presence has ignited controversy surrounding last month's victory by newly-crowned IBF/WBA junior welterweight beltholder Lamont Peterson over Amir Khan.
In an exclusive, personal message to RingTV.com's Ryan Songalia on Sunday, Ameen said that he expected to address his actions during a discussion with officials representing Golden Boy Promotions, Khan's promoter, on Jan. 18 in New Jersey.
"I will appear at the Golden Boy/Amir Khan appeal hearing next week and don't want to publicly discuss the matter until after," wrote Ameen.
"I look forward to answering the false allegations that I interfered with the WBA Supervisor, and somehow tainted the scorecards."
According to the London Telegraph, an official with the IBF confirmed that Ameen has been affiliated with that organization, and has demanded that he attend its hearing to explain his actions, which include picking up what appears to be a yellow scoring slip near a WBA ringside scoring official.
"I will appear at a appeal hearing next week to answer the false allegations. I [can not] discuss anything else about me, and being a 'mystery man,'" Ameen wrote to RingTV.com from his facebook page. "I've been around boxing for 30 years, and my reputation is unblemished."
The IBF could release an official statement regarding Ameen's association as early as Monday.
"It is something we will address at the hearing," said Jeanette Salazar, public relations director for the IBF. "Until then, the individual has been asked not to speak publicly or to the media."
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza has called for an immediate rematch between Peterson and Khan after having studied images of Ameen caught on video. Khan has accused Ameen of interfering with the judges during his fight with Peterson on Dec. 10.
In the video, Ameen can be spotted wearing a dark blue hat as he appears to be distracting WBA supervisor Michael Welsh and other officials at ringside during the fight. It is primarily due to the man's behavior at ringside that Mendoza has called for a return bout.
On his facebook, however, Ameen denies that he had any effect on the outcome of the fight.
"So you are questioning if I did something to harm my Muslim brother?" wrote Ameen of Khan, a practicing Muslim of Pakistani decent.
"May almighty Allah protect me from what you and the rest of you assert. Don’t make assumptions based on allegations."
Organizations assign their own official scorers to bouts as backup references, and WBA representative Welsh scored it a draw, while the IBF's rep Paul Artisst had it for Peterson. Peterson edged Khan, 113-112 on the cards of judges George Hill of New Jersey and Valerie Dorsett of North Carolina, and lost,115-110 on that of Nelson Vazquez of Puerto Rico.
Ameen was also addressed by Khan's trainer, Freddie Roach, during an interview with the BBC Sport. Roach reiterated what a source had originally told RingTV.com -- that the man is Ameen, who served as the business manager of former Olympic heavyweight hopeful Michael Hunter when Roach worked as an advisor to Team USA in September.
USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartowski has released a statement distancing his organization from Ameen.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, who handles Khan, said that Ameen claimed to be an IBF official, adding that he saw the indivfidual "in the ring after the fight celebrating with the Petersons." In the BBC report, Ameen can be seen in the ring on the far left with Peterson.
But Roach cast doubt that the man is an IBF official, and there is nothing on the facebook of Ameen that identifies him as such.
Taking a different path…
Photos, courtesy Mustafa Ameen's facebook page
Lem Satterfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org