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Schaefer said that he expressed concern to IBF President, Daryl Peoples, that the hearing was not going to offer Khan's side of the argument to be fairly expressed, which is among the reasons he cited for withdrawing the appeal.
"You have certain officials who were going to be there telling their side of the story, and you have others which were not going to be there, and I think that the bottom line is that that would result in a one-sided story, and I have shared my views on this particular subject with the IBF President Daryl Peoples a couple of weeks ago," Schaefer told RingTV.com.
"I told him that if he was in fact going to have certain people there, and others not, then that does not sound to me as if there was a fully transparent meeting because only part of the story was going to to be told. So I to not see any reason to participate in such a process. That's basically what it is. We feel that it makes no sense to go forward."
In a statement below, the IBF responded to Schaefer's assertions.
It is unfortunate that in the wake of Golden Boy’s withdrawal of their appeal of the Khan-Peterson championship bout, the International Boxing Federation finds itself in a position where its integrity must be defended and the measures set forth for this appeal must be justified, when every step to provide a fair and just hearing for both parties was taken and was given the utmost importance.
Immediately, when the organization received the formal complaint from Golden Boy Promotions, the process of securing a date and a panel to hear the appeal was started. The members of the panel that were to hear the appeal were boxing officials Jack Reiss, Samuel Viruet, and Glen Feldman. All world-class officials with extensive experience in officiating boxing matches, and hardly what one would consider members of a “kangaroo court.”
The three judges who officiated the Khan-Peterson bout, Valerie Dorsett, George Hill, and Nelson Vasquez were not required to be present at the hearing. Nevertheless, at the onset of the of the allegations that arose putting into question whether the scorecards had been tampered with, the IBF sent copies of all of the individual scorecards to these three judges for confirmation that their handwriting and their signature was on all cards.
Each judge responded in writing and confirmed that this was indeed the case. This, along with all information regarding the appeal, was provided in a packet that was distributed prior to the hearing date to the panelist and all parties involved in the appeal. Referee Joe Cooper, whose performance and calls were the basis of this appeal, was also not required to be in attendance at the hearing. In an appeal hearing of this nature, the referee is not typically given the opportunity to discuss his or her actions.
He or She performed their duty during the bout in question, and the purpose of the hearing is for the panel to review the referee’s performance and utilize their expertise to recommend whether or not a rematch should be ordered. IBF Supervisor Paul Artisst, who was the assigned supervisor for the Khan-Peterson bout, was going to be in attendance at the hearing and willing to provide testimony if required.
Mustafa Ameen would also have been present at the hearing to answer questions and explain why he was seated at ringside and what he was discussing with WBA Supervisor Michael Welsh. The only person the IBF could not produce and failed in its attempt to secure his attendance for the hearing was Michael Welsh. This was explained to Arnold Joseph, the attorney representing Golden Boy Promotions in this matter, by IBF counsel, Linda P. Torres prior to the hearing date.
The IBF has no subpoena power and therefore could not compel Mr. Welsh to be present and provide testimony at the hearing. This was an unfortunate circumstance but one beyond the IBF’s control. Furthermore, the IBF recognized the media and public interest in this matter and took steps that are not usually taken in this type of situation to provide the media with as much information possible.
The hearing was closed to the media, which is typically the case, in an effort to keep all the participants focused on the issue at hand and not be distracted by cameras or who is watching. Yet, shortly before the announcement was made of the appeal having been withdrawn by Golden Boy Promotions, the IBF released to the media all the contents of the aforementioned packet distributed to the panelists and parties involved in the appeal.
Included in the packet was the formal complaint from Golden Boy Promotions, the response from Peterson, the rules that applied to the appeal from the IBF, the Association of Boxing Commissions, and the Washington, D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission, copies of the individual scorecards and the judge’s written statements regarding those scorecards, copies of the IBF and Washington, D.C. commissions master scorecards and, lastly, the statement identifying Mustafa Ameen.
The IBF had also made arrangements to have the proceedings recorded and to have the unedited video available on its website after the hearing. Clearly, all attempts were made by the IBF to provide an equal and fair hearing for both the Khan and Peterson camps as well as to provide as much disclosure possible to satisfy the public interest while not compromising the matter. The IBF/USBA is satisfied with its efforts in doing so.
PETERSONS LEAD MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY PARADE
Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) and his younger brother and lightweight standout, Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KOs) -- depicted above flanking Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray -- served as Grand Marshalls of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16.
Growing up, the Peterson brothers fended for themselves in the streets of Southeast Washington, D.C. starting at the ages of 5 and 6, after their father was jailed on drug charges, and their mother was left to care for seven children.
They went from foster care to the streets and back. For money, they washed car windows or resorted to stealing from grocery stores, becoming pick pockets, swiping tips off of the tables at outdoor restaurants, or things such as stealing bicycles and selling them, that is, until meeting Hunter.
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