Lem Satterfield

Peterson’s camp requests hearing with Nevada Commission

The attorney for IBF and WBA junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson has requested a June hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the wake of its refusal to grant the fighter a licence for a since-canceled May 19 rematch with Amir Khan after Peterson tested positive for a banned substance.

Since dethroning Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) by split-decision in December in his native Washington, D.C., Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) has admitted to using synthetic testosterone in November prior to facing Khan.

Requested by attorney, Jeff Fried, The hearing will take place “during the week of June 13,” said Keith Kizer, executive director of the NSAC.

“We won’t know until early June what day that we’ll have our June hearing, but it will be that week,” Kizer said of Peterson, who passed the pre-fight urine test conducted by the Washington D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Athletic Commission before facing Khan.

“They’re going to request a license. So that’s what the five-member commission will be ruling on — whether or not to grant him a license.”

Claiming that it was for medical reasons, Peterson and his trainer, Barry Hunter, allowed a testosterone pellet to be surgically implanted into the boxer’s hip by Las Vegas-based Dr. John Thompson on Nov. 12 after Peterson was diagnosed with an abnormally low testosterone level.

“We respectfully request the opportunity to present the relevant facts associated with Mr. Peterson’s licensing, of which recent media reports reflect material inaccuracies. In this regard, we plan on having medical experts present at the hearing,” wrote Fried in a letter obtained by RingTV.com.

“We request a reasonable period of time for presentation of the facts by Mr. Peterson and his legal and medical teams, and to otherwise be responsive to any questions from the Commissioners and/or their medical team.”

Fried could not be reached for an immediate comment.

Peterson and Khan tractually agreed to have their blood and urine randomly tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), whose president and founder is Margaret Goodman.

The testing of Peterson’s initial urine specimen, collected on March 19, yielded results that were “consistent with the administration of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone,” Goodman informed Kizer.

In a related story by Kevin Iole of Yahoo!Sports, Dr. Johnny Benjamin implies that Peterson may have been deceived by Thompson. 

“If you’re trying to cheat or gain an unfair advantage, why are you the one demanding VADA Olympic-style drug testing? It makes no sense. You’re basically saying, ‘Please, please catch me,’” said Benjamin, acknowledging that it was Peterson who requested the random drug testing for the return bout with Khan.

“Lamont’s people, recognizing that he was going to do VADA testing, asked him, ‘Is this a banned substance? Is this legal?’ They were told, ‘No, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s 100 percent legal. It’s not synthetic. It’s an organic-based compound derived from soy. You’re perfectly fine taking this.’”

Khan’s camp has requested that the IBF, WBA and D.C. commission overturn Peterson’s victory, call their bout a no-contest and restore Khan as beltholder.

In the meantime, Khan is exporing a potential clash with WBC 140-pounnd titleholder Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) on July 7, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who handles both Khan and Garcia.

Below is the rest of Fried’s letter to Kizer. 

Dear Keith:

This is to request that the matter of Lamont Peterson’s license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission be included as an Agenda item for the June 2012 Boxing Commission Hearing.

We respectfully request the opportunity to present the relevant facts associated with Mr. Peterson’s licensing, of which recent media reports reflect material inaccuracies. In this regard, we plan on having medical experts present at the Hearing and we request a reasonable period of time for presentation of the facts by Mr. Peterson and his legal and medical teams, and to otherwise be responsive to any questions from the Commissioners and/or their medical team.

Furthermore, and to facilitate productive use of the time allocated for this matter, we will forward to you in advance the names of the medical experts and submissions in support of the areas being presented at the Hearing.

Thank you and regards, Jeff Fried

 

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Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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