Amir “King” Khan justifiably told the Daily Telegraph earlier today that fraudulent IBF and WBA world light welterweight king Lamont “Havoc” Peterson should be forever banned from boxing for testing positive for synthetic testosterone prior to their canceled rematch at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on May 19.
Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) relinquished his belts to Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) on a controversial split decision loss in December at the Convention Center in “Havoc’s” hometown of Washington, D.C.
“King Khan,” a Pakistani-British boxer who at 17 became the youngest Englishman to win an Olympic medal when he captured a silver as a lightweight at the 2004 games in Greece, claims Peterson “could have killed” him.
“Anyone who has been done for drugs should be banned for life,” said Khan, 25, who at 22 became one of the youngest British world champions ever.
“Peterson failed a test and that should be his punishment. I have seen athletes get back after two years and I just don’t think that is right. I have always volunteered for testing and everyone should. If a boxer fails a drugs test he should never be allowed to fight again because, even after two years whatever he has been taking is still in his body in my books.”
Khan, who prior to the illegitimate defeat had triumphed in six consecutive matches, contends “Havoc” took dope because he lacks the natural abilities to succeed in the squared circle.
“I know there are a lot of fighters out there who take stuff because of the way they fight. I am lucky to have natural talent but there are a lot of fighters out there who take shortcuts. There is only one way to catch them and that’s why I urge that everyone should be tested. It is worth it to make the sport clean and the fights safe.”
Following the initial tussle with Peterson, Khan was outspoken that he was sandbagged by referee Joe Cooper who deducted two points from the erstwhile titlist for pushing in the seventh and 12th rounds.
The Englishman consistently forced the action against Peterson and scored the only knockdown of the fight with little time remaining in the first round.
A few weeks after the curious scrap, the WBA officially ordered “Havoc” to again fistfight “King Khan.”
Roger “Pit” Perron is a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Even before Peterson was proved to be a charlatan, Perron adamantly voiced his opinion that Khan was shafted.
“Amir Khan got mugged,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “Without those two point deductions, Khan was an easy winner. Now, we know even more dirt.”
The 28-year-old Peterson, who for several years as a child lived parentless and homeless in the streets of the U.S. capital, was a seemingly competent pugilist who hadn’t been overcome since suffering a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Timothy Bradley in December 2009.
Unfortunately, it is now a fact that Lamont Peterson is nothing more than one of those “fighters out there who take shortcuts” and “Havoc” indeed “should be banned for life.”by