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PETERSON'S CONSIDERING OPTIONS
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has offered Peterson "a 50-50 split of world wide revenues and United Kingdom revenues" in the hopes of securing a rematch with Khan. But Hunter denied reports that negotiations are ongoing with Khan.
Peterson was initially offered $1 million by Schaefer to face Khan in a return bout.
"Although rumors have surfaced that we are now in negotiations for a Peterson vs. Khan rematch in Washington DC, at this time there are no open negotiations for this bout," said Hunter.
"We have an open mind and look forward to Lamont's first title defense. We will discuss internally and assess every viable opportunity available. We will then make the best decision possible for the future of Lamont and his family."
Peterson earned a career-best $650,000 to Khan's $1.1 million in their first bout, and is being considered for a shot at Manny Pacquiao, along with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, and undefeated WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley.
Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum is also considering Peterson for Marquez and Bradley, the latter of whom decisioned Peterson for his WBO belt in December of 2009.
"Peterson is a candidate for Marquez, Bradley or Pacquiao," said Arum. "No question about it."
"As I said before, as champion I plan on representing both sanctioning bodies to the best of ability," said Peterson. "And that means fighting the best fighters in the world in defending my titles."
MYSTERY MAN SPEAKS OUT
Some of the issues in Golden Boy's appeal to the WBA involved IBF affiliate Mustafa Ameen, whose ringside behavior during the Dec. 10 bout was caught on video and seemed to include his picking up a yellow scoring slip near WBA ringside scoring official Michael Welsh.
Ameen told BBC Sport that he "noticed an error and a subsequent one," adding that he, "assisted in correcting it without touching anything."
Sanctioning organizations like the WBA assign their own official scorers to bouts as backup references, and Welsh scored it a draw, while the IBF's rep Paul Artisst had it for Peterson.
In the official judges' scores, 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 from Puerto Rico.
Referee Joe Cooper made $2,800, and the judges were paid $2,000 apiece, according to ESPN.com.