Other Sport

Khan queries unidentified man

2012-01-07 11:18
Amir Khan (File)

London - British boxer Amir Khan posted a series of pictures on Twitter on Thursday showing what he says is an unidentified man "interfering" with the WBA fight supervisor during his split-decision loss to American Lamont Peterson in their light-welterweight title bout.

Khan appealed the scoring and raised new questions about last month's fight on his Twitter feed, pointing out a man wearing a hat who sits down ringside next to WBA supervisor Michael Welsh during the bout. The man is seen leaning over Welsh several times and appears to pick up a scorecard on at least two occasions.

"From round 6 all the way through to round 12 this guy starts to interfere with what Michael (Welsh) is doing," Khan tweeted.

Khan tweeted that the man's behavior is "strictly against the rules," adding that his team has asked the IBF and fight organizers about the man's identity without getting a response.

"Who is this guy? And what was he doing?" Khan wrote.

The 25-year-old Englishman lost his IBF and WBA titles in the December 11 defeat in Washington after points were deducted on two occasions for pushing. When filing the appeal, Khan questioned why it took so long for the winner to be announced and claimed the scorecards were changed before the results were read out by the ring announcer.

The IBF said it can't comment on Khan's string of tweets before the appeals hearing on January 18. WBA officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The boxer linked to several still images from TV coverage of the fight showing the man sitting ringside next to Welsh, and another link to a YouTube clip of the bout.

"This is what I meant on how he was interfeering (sic)," Khan wrote in a caption for one picture, which appears to show the man reaching across the table in front of Welsh while peering over his shoulder.

With another picture, he wrote: "This time in round 11 he's seen here clearly picking up a yellow judges slip."

Khan's business manager Asif Vali told Sky Sports News that the boxer simply wants to find out what the man was doing before his appeals hearing.

"We don't know who the official is," Vali said. "We've asked the question, we've written to (organisers) and we're still waiting for their response, and we've written to the IBF and they've still not responded."

Vali added that "there's obviously something wrong there."

"If the answers are legitimate, fine, we'll accept them," he said. "If they're not legitimate, then we hope the rematch takes place, and if the rematch takes place, all this can be squashed."

Another pic of the guy wearing the hat interfering different camera angle. @AmirKingKhan


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

How excited are you about the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.