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Peterson tells Khan to 'let it go' as IBF dismisses appeal

ESPN staff
December 18, 2011
Lamont Peterson has warned Amir Khan to quit his whining if he wants a rematch © Getty Images

Lamont Peterson has told Amir Khan to "let it go" after the IBF ruled not to order an immediate rematch between the pair.

Khan was on the wrong end of a controversial split-decision loss against Peterson when the two fighters met in Washington DC just over a week ago, with two points deducted by referee Joe Cooper eventually proving crucial as Khan fell victim of the judges' scorecards and lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight world titles.

Following the contest Khan decided to appeal against his defeat to the relevant governing bodies, but the IBF announced on Sunday that it believes the fight was fairly officiated and will not order an immediate rematch.

"We found no discrepancies that would affect the outcome or the result of the fight," IBF championships chairman Lindsay Tucker said. "We decided not to order an immediate rematch on the basis of the fact that in the rules, if the referee feels that it's a foul, then that's his call to take a point.

"He did warn Khan several times before he actually took the first point."

A rematch nevertheless looks certain to be agreed in 2012, although with the power now in his hands Peterson warned Khan to stop his complaining and accept he lost to a fair decision.

"Let it go. He lost the fight, he might get a rematch and he'll get a chance to prove himself," Peterson told Sky Sports News, before reiterating: "Yes, I definitely want a rematch."

Upon hearing the IBF's verdict, Peterson added: "I look forward to doing everything in my power inside and outside of the ring to represent the IBF and WBA as the new champion."

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