Amir Khan's Treatment of Lamont Peterson Is Damaging His Reputation
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Ever since the judges' decision was announced that Lamont Peterson was the new WBA/IBF light welterweight champion, Amir Khan and Golden Boy have been blaming everyone they can think of for the defeat rather than looking a little closer to home.
Yes, the decision was close. Yes, there were questionable goings on in the background with individuals that should or should not have been there. And yes, maybe the referee was exercising the rules as rigidly as he thought was necessary.
Judging boxing contests is always going to be difficult to control, given the highly subjective way the scores are calculated. There are many occasions in which fighters can honestly think to themselves they have been on the right or wrong side of a decision.
Khan is no exception.
Khan fought Marco Antonio Barrera in March 2009 and was victorious because of an early clash of heads. Barrera could not continue after five rounds and Khan won on points. Did Barrera get his rematch?
Marcos Maidana gave Khan a run for his money in December 2010. Khan won by unanimous decision, although the result could have gone either way. Did Maidana get his rematch to set the record straight? Did Maidana pursue the judges with a vengeance for the decision? No.
Khan fought Zab Judah back in July 2011. Was his punch to KO Judah a low blow? Maybe, maybe not
Although Judah was hopping mad with the referee, I do not recall Team Judah spending the next few months blaming the referee, blaming the city of Las Vegas and chasing the WBA and the IBF for an immediate rematch. A protest was made but in a far more dignified manner.
The pattern in these fights, and indeed in all of boxing, is there are always dodgy decisions and incidents that occur that can influence the outcome either way. Some you win, some you lose.
Judges always have people hanging over them. It's not uncommon for promoters to try to get near the judges at the end of fights to see whats going on. Commentators will often note promoters coming back smiling after being near the judging table. Whether this is for show is open to interpretation.
Khan and Golden Boy, however, have gone too far in their pursuit of everyone involved in the Lamont Peterson fight.
It has become nothing more than a witch hunt in order to ensure that all the money invested in building up Khan as the next big thing is not lost. The sad thing is that Khan is nowhere near finished as a fighter and can still go on to great things.
If the WBA and the IBF call the fight a no-contest, it will be a case of money talking and will make a further mockery of the sport of boxing.
Golden Boy Promotions has the money and resources to pressure the organisations to make such decisions, efforts which could be used for promoting its already excellent stable of fighters.
Team Peterson has maintained a very dignified silence and should be commended. It recently stated it will fight the accusations and that it should not be a case of financial resources being able to overturn the results of fights.
Have Amir Khan and Golden Boy Gone Too Far In Their Actions After The Lamont Peterson Fight?
There is one thread of truth in this whole debacle. Khan came into the fight against Peterson mentally unprepared, thinking about future super-fights with Floyd Mayweather instead of dealing with what was in front of him.
When Khan lost, he needed to find excuses for his failure rather than taking the result on the chin and fighting back in the ring.
Khan is quick to point blame, throw his toys out of the pram and make demands when things go wrong for him. Fellow boxers and fans have become unsympathetic since he has not offered any rematches to Maidana, Breidis Prescott, Judah or Barrera. It has become Khan's way or no way.
And this is a massive shame when the UK needs great fighters such as Khan to get behind. Khan could have been a genuine crowd-pleaser like Frank Bruno or Ricky Hatton with talent to match.
Khan is an excellent fighter and undoubtedly is one of the finest to come out of the UK in recent times. His problem lies through his careful nurture to the top by his promoters over the last few years. It has been very much a literal case of Khan talking the talk before walking the walk and him believing it.
For the attention of Amir Khan and Golden Boy: Stop the witch hunt and get back into the ring. Within a year or two this result will be a distant memory and the super-fights will come.
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