IBF talk Lamont Peterson punishment

Lamont Peterson’s reprieve from sanctions by the International Boxing Federation may not be the end of the matter as the American issues a statement conveying his thanks to the IBF for allowing him to remain champion.

Jeanette Salazar, spokesperson for the IBF, admitted to WBN that any other punishments dished out to Peterson for testing positive for a banned substance are out of their control and that a boxing commission ban could end his hopes of meeting the deadline to defend against mandatory challenger Zab Judah.

“I can only speak for the IBF as this was done for our purposes and in accordance with our rules,” Salazar told World Boxing News.

“We will have to wait and see what will happen with any other sanctioning organization and boxing commissions.”

Peterson, 28, has to arrange the title defence with five-time world champion Judah in the coming weeks in accordance to their arrangement and failure to do so would almost certainly result in him being stripped of the title he took from Amir Khan last year.