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Khan has appeal K.O’d

SPLIT DECISION LOSS: Khan (left) versus Peterson

FORMER LIGHT-WELTERWEIGHT world champion Amir Khan has had his appeal rejected by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) for an immediate rematch with Lamont Peterson.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA titles to Peterson on December 12 via a split decision points verdict in the American’s hometown of Washington D.C.

Two points were docked from Khan by referee Joseph Cooper for pushing Peterson in round seven and round 12, causing team Khan to launch an appeal.

“We found no discrepancies that would affect the outcome or the result of the fight,” said IBF championships chairman Lindsay Tucker.

“We decided not to order an immediate rematch on the basis of the fact that in the rules, if the referee feels that it's a foul, then that's his call to take a point. He did warn Khan several times before he actually took the first point."

Although Khan, 25, looks unlikely to be given a rematch straight away, Peterson has expressed an interest in a return bout with the Bolton native.

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