The man at the centre of a storm between Amir Khan’s team and the controversial scoring of his WBA and IBF light-welterweight title defeat to Lamont Peterson in Washington has finally been named as IBF official Mustafa Ameen.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who is investigating the matter on behalf of Khan, revealed the man’s identity that the Bolton fighter claimed was tampering with the scorecards in between rounds and had no business ringside.
“His name is Mustafa Ameen, and the IBF have confirmed to us his name, and they have confirmed to us that he’s involved in an official capacity with the IBF,” Schaefer told Sky Sports News.
“However, he was not in Washington in an official IBF capacity, but the IBF asked the Washington commission to issue him a credential so that he could attend the fight.”
Amir Khan, 25, has now been informally promised a rematch by the WBA vice-president Gilberto Mendoza according to Schaefer, who is hoping the organization makes it official as early as next week, and they can start negotiations with Peterson’s camp.
“We have been informed today by the WBA that they will order an immediate rematch,” confirmed Schaefer.
“We received a verbal confirmation today, and we will get a written confirmation by next Tuesday.
“That means that no fighter can take an interim fight, that the next fight for Peterson would be a rematch.
“We hope that the IBF will follow because that’s the least they can do. The ruling of the WBA to order an immediate rematch should put additional pressures on the IBF.”
Breidis Prescott, the first man to defeat Khan in 2008, had been hoping for a rematch after Oscar De La Hoya claimed interest in bringing the Colombian back to the UK in March, and this ruling would certainly put an end to his chances.