Last night, shocking news rocked the boxing world when word got out that Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Peterson edged out Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) for his WBA and IBF junior welterweight titles earlier this year amid controversy of a hometown decision and unfair point deductions.
This threw the rematch into the pits as there was no real certainty about whether or not the fight would still take place next week. While Peterson's team was answering questions for the drug tests, Golden Boy Promotions was scrambling to find a possible replacement for Peterson.
One fighter who was tabbed to replace Peterson was welterweight journeyman Carson Jones (34-8-2), who despite only being 25 has had over 40 fights already.
They targeted him because he's accustomed to close fight dates, doesn't shy away from a challenge and the fight serves as Khan's welterweight debut. Jones' last fight was only a few weeks ago on April 26 against Allen Conyers, the man who shocked former undefeated prospect James De La Rosa.
The only issue here is that this isn't a worthy fight for the venue that they booked it for. Thousands of people already booked their flights, rented their hotels and bought their fight tickets to see Peterson vs. Khan. The outrage would be enormous if they brought in Carson Jones to fight Khan last minute.
This doesn't seem to be the issue now as earlier today, Richard Schaefer announced that the fight between Khan and Peterson would still take place.
It appears that Schaefer is giving team Peterson the benefit of the doubt, because even though Peterson tested positive for samples taken in April, another test taken shortly after yielded negative. Peterson's team is dead set on proving that this isn't intentional and Peterson isn't at fault.
For now, we have a rematch, but anything can happen in the next 11 days.