Politics

Boxing scandal has happy ending?

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Amir Khan Lamont Peterson during their WBA Super Lightweight and IBF Junior Welterweight title fight at Washington Convention Center on December 10, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Credit:

Al Bello

Amir Khan is a sporting hero in Britain. An Olympic silver medalist at the age of 17 and world light welterweight champion by the time he was 22. The son of Pakistani immigrants and a Muslim, he has ridden through the difficult currents of multi-cultural life in this country and pursued his success single-mindedly while doing good work in his community.

In December he lost a fight on points that supposed to unify the WBA and IBF light welterweight titles in Washington DC. His opponent was a DC hometown fighter named Lamont Peterson. Almost immediately Khan claimed that the judging had been fishy.

Boxers claiming to have been robbed by crooked judges are a dime a dozen but Khan released some video that seemed to back his claim. Look here, what do you think?

Anyway, the WBA has ordered a re-match immediately. The IBF is still thinking about it.