Amir Khan Sets Out To Appeal Capital Showdown Decision

Speaking via conference call today Amir Khan, former former unified WBA (Super) & IBF light welterweight, officially announced his intent to appeal the decision of the December 8, 2011 fight between he and DC fighter, Lamont Peterson.

"Now I know why there hasn't been boxing in DC for 20 years", Khan said. "People are afraid to go there. People are going to be afraid to go there again after they see what happened to me they are going to be like we should stay away from boxing. And we don't what that to happen, all we wanted was a fair fight.

"I think the world knows, you all know, exactly who won the fight", Khan said speaking along with Asif Vali, business manager of Khan Promotions.

Khan, and his team, are contesting the referee stylings of Joe Cooper who took points away from Khan during the fight - for shoving Peterson.

"I want to give the referee the opportunity to review the tape", said Vali. "And he will see he made a mistake."

Vali questioned Cooper's work suggesting he was "not up to speed" calling his work "an absolute poor officiating job".

Not taking away from the skills and workmanship of Peterson, the two men praised Peterson saying he is a great fighter with tremendous heart and courage.

"My hat goes off to Peterson", said Vali. "He has the heart and courage never to give up" he said calling for Peterson to go to his camp to do what he claims is "the right thing."

Concluding, Khan said, "All I'm asking is for a rematch and fair chance back at the fight [some place] neutral to prove to the world of boxing that I clearly won that fight. That's all I want. Hopefully we can get this resolved."

Meanwhile, Lamont Peterson is set to receive the keys to the city this Thursday by DC mayor Vincent Gray.

Stay tuned as we can expect to hear a response from the Peterson camp on this developing story. This episode is sure to be one that will continue to be a point of contention for weeks to come.