Amir Khan has lost the chance to avenge his December defeat to Lamont Peterson following the cancellation of the May 19th event on the back of the American testing positive for a banned substance.
Khan, 25, now faces an anxious wait to discover what sanctions will be brought against the WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion and it is unclear at this stage when the former title holder will fight again.
28 year-old Peterson was found to have surgically implanted testosterone pellets in his system as the results of a random drug test were made public and the Washington fighter’s career in now in tatters.
‘Havoc’ faces loses both his titles and at least a 12 month ban in the coming weeks and according to early indications, Khan’s team are attempting to push for a no-contest in the first fight and the full reinstating of the Bolton man as 140lb world champion.
A statement from Team Khan read: 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.
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