American boxer Lamont Peterson (left) and British boxer Amir Khan
THE HEAVILY anticipated rematch between Britain’s Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson, scheduled for May 19, has been cancelled after the American tested positive for a banned substance, organisers said on Wednesday (May 9).
Peterson, who beat Khan in controversial circumstances to win the WBA super-lightweight and IBF light-welterweight belts in December, failed a drug test administered by the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in March.
For the fight in Las Vegas to go ahead, Peterson needed to win a licensing appeal to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
However, the ruling body was unable to hold a formal hearing until May 15, forcing the cancellation of the bout, Khan’s promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“A failed pre-fight drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), coupled with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s legal inability to hold a formal hearing until Tuesday, May 15, has forced the cancellation of the event,” Golden Boy Promotions said.
A disappointed Khan tweeted: “The fight is off! sorry everyone the only person to blame is @kingpete26 I’ll be looking for a opponent to fight June 30.”
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