Amir Khan says Peterson fight controversy has damaged boxing integrity

By Richard ConwayBBC Sport

Amir Khan believes the integrity of boxing was harmed by the controversy over his loss to Lamont Peterson.

Khan, 25, is awaiting the result of Peterson's appeal against the WBA's decision to order a rematch.

He told BBC Sport: "A lot of young fighters from England want to go to America. If they get cheated the way I got cheated, they are going to think twice about going to America."

Mustafa Ameen, the so-called "Mystery Man", is considering suing Khan.

Khan conceded the IBF title to Peterson after withdrawing his appeal over the result but he is still contesting the judgement with the WBA.

Ameen was at the centre of the controversy after he appeared to interfere with the scoring by WBA supervisor Michael Welsh during the fight.

But he told BBC Sport in an exclusive interview that he was correcting errors made by Welsh, who had said he was unwell.

Khan refused to believe Ameen's version of events, adding: "I don't accept that. How much help do you need? Counting scorecards.

"Michael Welsh is a chartered accountant. I mean he's not going to find it hard, even if he is ill, to count numbers.

"We don't know the whole story because Michael Welsh was not at the hearing.

"That was the reason we didn't go because it would have been a one-sided story.

"But hopefully in the next week or so we should find out exactly what's going to happen.

"We want them [the WBA and Welsh] to come out and clear this up because this story is getting a little boring now.

"We just want to know the truth and if they don't come out then I'm just going to move on."

Ameen has demanded an apology from Khan and says he will give his camp an opportunity to retract their statements.

He told BBC Sport: "I'll come to London. My initial thought is that I'll have two separate teams to go after Golden Boy in the US and one to go after Amir Khan in the UK.

"They can fix what they have done and then this can go away. In the heat of the moment, people say things. I want to give them the opportunity to take it back."

Ameen said that the WBA had not been in contact with him yet to attend the upcoming Peterson appeal but he urged Welsh to speak out.

He said: "I'm at the centre of this storm with Mr Welsh. The WBA should want to interrogate me and expose me for the liar that they claim I am.

"Let Mr Welsh respond. He's a certified public accountant; he has to be a man of great integrity.

"I can't imagine Mr Welsh fabricating anything."

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