Amir Khan Reinstalled as WBA Light-Welterweight Champion; Moaning Does Help

Martin SaltCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10:  Amir Khan taunts Lamont Peterson during their WBA Super Lightweight and IBF Junior Welterweight title fight at Washington Convention Center on December 10, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Ahead of the rematch between Amir Khan and Lamont Petersen in Las Vegas on May 18, the WBA has reinstalled Khan as its official super light-welterweight champion.

Once again, this has been a victory for boxing politics and the pressures placed on the organisations by the promoters.

In the original fight in Washington D.C. on December 19, 2011, Khan was beaten by Lamont Peterson via a split decision.

Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions have always maintained that forces behind the scenes and poor refereeing were to blame—and not Amir Khan himself.

It can be argued that there were several dubious happenings going on during the fight outside of the ring.

The 'man in the hat' and the scribbled changes to the scorecards come to mind.

But what was clear in the ring is that the decision could have gone either way.

Khan was repeatedly warned about his constant pushing of Peterson and was docked points. The referee in the bout did what many other referees had threatened to do to Khan before for this tactic.

What was clear over the entire course of the fight weekend in Washington was that Khan was too focused on the potential super-fights after Peterson and paid the price.

It was the manner in which Khan, bolstered by Golden Boy Promotions, carried on after the fight which left a bad taste in the mouth.

This is all a massive shame as Khan is an exceptional fighter to watch and he should have an enthusiastic following.

There were several dubious decisions last year.

However, the majority of the wronged fighters walked away and expressed their discontent in a respectful and dignified way.

If Peterson had lost it is doubtful he would have reacted as strongly as Khan did.

Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions decided to go on a witch hunt after the fight, blaming and alienating many in the process.

The tactics have paid off—one organisation has cruelly stripped Peterson of his well-earned title.

So far, the IBF has not stripped Peterson of its version of the title and is unlikely to do so.

With a rematch due shortly the WBA would have been better off leaving Peterson as the recognised champion. Instead Peterson has been treated poorly for an incident which was never his fault.

After extensive political lobbying—rather than boxing—Amir Khan is a world champion again.

Can he not only recover by beating Lamont Petersen in May, but also clean up the poor image he has projected of a sore loser over the last few months?