Mere days before challenging “Swift” Danny Garcia for the WBC light welterweight championship at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the WBA on Wednesday announced Lamont “Havoc” Peterson has been stripped of its belt and Amir “King” Khan has been reinstated as its 140-pound titleholder.
Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) relinquished his IBF and WBA crowns to the fraudulent Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) on a controversial split decision loss last December in “Havoc’s” hometown of Washington, D.C.
Unfortunately for the sport of boxing, Peterson was found to have inserted testosterone pellets into his hip and a mandated May rematch against Khan was indefinitely postponed.
“This decision was taken after the positive doping result of the American Lamont Peterson, confirmed by the medical experts,” the WBA said in a statement.
“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, was ecstatic to rightfully have one of his titles returned.
“It’s thrilling to know that because I think they’ve seen there was some wrong and they have made the first move,” said Khan, 25, who is awaiting an upcoming Nevada hearing that could also reestablish him as the IBF champ. “I’m glad that the title will be on the line now. It just makes the fight even more exciting and also having two world titles makes the fight even bigger.”
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.
Perron has adamantly voiced his opinion that Khan’s defeat was an utter disgrace on multiple fronts.
“Amir Khan got mugged,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “If it weren’t for the referee and the cheating, Khan would have never lost to Peterson.”
The 24-year-old Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs), a native of Philadelphia, is a formidable pugilist who earned his belt with a unanimous points triumph over veteran Mexican Erik Morales in March.
However, Khan is a far more gifted prizefighter than Garcia and, despite recent roadblocks, the bloke remains destined for superstardom in the squared circle.
Hence, come Saturday evening, Amir Khan will again be a “King” and the owner of “two world titles.”by