Amir Khan vs Lamont Peterson boxing fight rematch on 19 May 2012.After a long-awaited rematch between Lamont Peterson and British boxer Amir Khan has been thrown into doubt after the American failed a drug’s test, a report said Tuesday.
The rumor about Peterson’s test failure curdled into grim reality, when his representatives were forced to admit after hours of claims on Twitter that the fighter had failed a drugs test.
Peterson took Khan’s WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in his home town, Washington, last December and dithered before agreeing to give Khan a chance to get his titles back. It was not made clear when he tested positive.
Both Khan and Peterson had agreed to random testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) ahead of the fight, which comes six months after their first meeting in December last year.
Peterson’s publicist Andre Johnson said in a statement that the boxer’s camp was mystified by the test results.
“We have tremendous respect for VADA and its mission. Lamont, Barry and the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible,” he said.
“We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence, and we plan to submit medical findings by close of business Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”
Peterson’s split-decision victory over Khan last year was mired in controversy, with the British fighter claiming a “home-town decision” had robbed him of victory.
Meanwhile, Khan’s business manager Asif Vali told: “Obviously last night it was a shock when I received the call to say Lamont had failed a drug test.
“However, the Peterson team seem to think that something’s gone wrong during the very first VADA drug test which Lamont took in March. Their explanation is that it’s something he took earlier on in the year – before the last fight.”
Peterson’s attorney, Jeff Fried, issued the following statement late on Monday: “We have tremendous respect for VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] and its mission. Lamont, [his trainer] Barry [Hunter] and the entire team emphatically support random drug-testing in the most comprehensive manner possible.
“We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists. Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence and we plan to submit medical findings by close of Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”
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