Khan claims ringside interference

Amir Khan’s team are demanding answers to “four or five” questions as alleged ambiguities over his world title defeat to Lamont Peterson last month continue to mount.

Amir Khan’s team are demanding answers to “four or five” questions as alleged ambiguities over his world title defeat to Lamont Peterson last month continue to mount.

The Bolton fighter lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles on a split decision against hometown fighter Peterson in Washington on December 10.

The 25-year-old has questioned several issues surrounding the fight – from referee Joe Cooper’s performance to alleged inconsistencies with the judges’ scorecards – and last night aired another grievance, relating to the appearance of an unidentified person at ringside.

Khan’s appeal against the defeat will be held later this month but the 25-year-old yesterday pre-empted the appeal by using Twitter to send out a number of images of the fight in Washington.

The 2004 Olympic silver medallist is concerned about the appearance of the man, unknown to him, at ringside during the bout and claimed the man should not have been talking to WBA fight supervisor Michael Welsh.

Khan’s business manager Asif Vali confirmed they have asked for explanations from the various governing bodies relating to a number of their concerns but have yet to receive answers.

He said: “There are four or five different things that require answers and my job is to ensure we get those answers.

“I want to know the reason this person sat there and what’s going on. We did the table plan with Golden Boy Promotions and the WBA official was already in his seat and the IBF official was already in his seat, so who is this person? What’s he doing talking to the WBA? Why is he handling the slips?

“These are legitimate questions and if they give us sufficient reasons for it then I’ll accept it. I want to see what the reasons are.

“We’re not saying there is foul play involved in any way, shape or form. I just need the answers for the sequence of events that have taken place. Nothing else. I’m not accusing any of the bodies. Lamont Peterson is the champion and good luck to him for 2012.

“My job is to get these answers. I brought it to the attention of the Khan camp and to Amir himself.

“Amir is frustrated because we’ve gone through the rules and regulations and written to the right authorities with the help of Golden Boy Promotions to get these answers and we’re still waiting for a response.”

Khan posted on Twitter, in a series of messages: “watch the fight from 9.10 seconds of this video ther is a guy wearing a grey suit with a blue shirt wearing a hat.

“Sat on the main judges panel at the front on the right hand side 3rd to the end.

“No1 knows who this guy is and he is now bieng asked to move by Michael Walsh [understood to be Michael Welsh] who is the main supervisor for the wba as he should be sat there.

“He now gets a chair and sits slightly infront of @OscarDeLaHoya and my father.

“At the beginning of round 2 he manages to squeeze in at the front again sat next to Michael Walsh.

“Now the IBF and the WBA have still not confirmed who this guy is till this date and what he was doing there.. Now the interesting part.

“Now this guy doesn’t do anything apart from watching the fight but that’s only until round 6 when he starts to interfere!

“From round 6 all the way through to round 12 this guy starts to interfere with what Michael Walsh is doing and they are both not watching the fight, watch the video and have a look for yourselfs.

“This is what I meant on how he was interfeering, as no one is allowed according to the rules to touch hold the scorescards or even talk to the judges n commision during the fight.

“There are 3 judges in a fight n all have different colour slips, n at the end of evry round thy get passed on to the wba ibf n dc commision.

“This pic shows here in round 6 the guy wearing the hat clearing picks up one of the judges white slips n if you watch the video slides it down and towards him.

“And this guy doese it again at the beginning of round 7, n carries on throughout all the way to the end of the fight wtf?

“Again in round 8 and round 9, cleary not watching the fight at all and not allowing Michael Walsh to watch too.

“This time in round 11 he’s seen here clearly picking up a yellow judges slip.. Strictly againts the rules.”

He continued: “I’ve read in some articles and people have also told me that after the fight Michael Walsh the guy in the red tie apparently said his score cards didn’t match up to the others, it wasn’t fair and he looked really scared and he was told to butt out and there was nothing he could do.. Since then no one has heard from him.

“I want Michael Walsh to come out and speak out about what was going on, its only right and fair to do so.”

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