Khan vs. Peterson: Does Khan's Appeal to Overturn Match Hold Any Ground?

Henry Martin@KFZ001Senior Analyst IDecember 17, 2011

BOLTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Amir Khan faces the media during a press conference to reflect on his defeat by Lamont Peterson to lose his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles at the Gloves Community Centre on December 14, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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On Dec. 10th, Amir Khan (26-2 18KO) lost a "controversial" split decision to challenger Lamont Peterson (30-1-1 15KO), losing both his WBA Super and IBF belt. 

Now, I use quotation marks around controversial because it isn't as controversial as Team Khan and everybody else seems to make it. 

The reason everybody is saying this fight is controversial is because of the two-point deduction Khan received during the fight for pushing off Peterson. This was a factor in the scoring, as Peterson won by only one point on two of the judges' score cards when they were announced. One point was deducted in the seventh round and another in the 12th round.

Khan has cried foul, saying he was never warned for the pushes and that the deductions were unwarranted. This is after actually being warned multiple times and pushing Peterson even after being deducted points.

Even though I think the point deduction for pushing was a little harsh, Khan was doing more than enough to warrant the point deductions by holding Peterson's head down, putting him in triangle locks and even issuing a late hit after a break in the 12th round. After the referee went to break the fighters, right before Khan's point deduction, Khan looked at the ref, turned back to Peterson and hit him.

The reason I mention this is because many people thought that the second point was for a late hit, but it was actually for pushing as well. Also, Khan brought this upon himself—even though he claims to have never gotten a hard warning, he was warned several times throughout the fight and still he continued to push off.

Now Khan has recently put in an appeal to have the decision overturned because he feels, along with his team, that he was robbed in his match against Peterson in what he calls hometown cooking.

As soon as the fight ended and the post-fight interview in the ring began, Khan constantly talked about how he was cheated and how the officials and judge were playing favorite, and talked down to the city of D.C.

Khan even had the audacity to say that if he won the appeal, he'd offer Peterson a rematch.

I'm sorry, but even though this fight was close, it wasn't a robbery of the magnitude Khan is trying to make it. The bout between the two men was close enough that a decision win for either man or a draw would have been acceptable.

If Khan would like to see what a real robbery looks like in boxing this year, I suggest he looks at Williams vs. Lara, Chirosa vs. Helenius or even Sturm vs. Macklin. 

Should the appeal go through and Khan is awarded his belts back, this would be one of the biggest robberies in boxing this year.