• Amir Khan v Lamont Peterson

Khan's fight with Peterson called off

ESPN staff
May 10, 2012

Amir Khan's rematch with Lamont Peterson has been called off on account of the American's failed drugs test.

It emerged earlier this week that Peterson, who claimed a controversial points win over Khan in December to take the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles, had tested positive for a banned steroid.

The news cast doubt over the May 19 rematch in Las Vegas - and Khan has confirmed that the bout has been scrapped.

Placing the blame at the door of Peterson, Khan tweeted: "The fight is off! Sorry everyone the only person to blame is @kingpete26. I'll be looking for a opponent to fight June 30th."

A statement from Golden Boy Promotions put an official stamp on the news, confirming: "A failed pre-fight drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), coupled with the Nevada State Athletic Commission's (NSAC) legal inability to hold a formal hearing on the matter of licensing Lamont Peterson for his Saturday May 19 rematch against Amir Khan until Tuesday May 15, has forced the cancellation of the event."

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer had revealed earlier in the week that Peterson tested positive on both his 'A' and 'B' samples from a test submitted in March. However, a further test produced in April came back negative.

Team Peterson maintain their fighter will be proved innocent, something they will now set about establishing. NSAC executive director Keith Kizer has offered to help, saying: "The commission were due to have a special meeting on May 15. I'm guessing that's not enough time for the promotion.

"We'd be willing still to do that for the good of the sport and the other fighters, the fighters on the undercard. It's their call [Peterson's camp] whether they want to request that meeting."

Khan must now set about finding a new opponent for a potential June 30 bout. His camp will also look into the possibility of having the result of his first meeting with Peterson changed to a "no-contest", as well as having his world titles reinstated.

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