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Khan keen on tight rematch security

Updated: Saturday, 11 Feb 2012 22:28

Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson are going get it on in Las Vegas on 19 May
Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson are going get it on in Las Vegas on 19 May

Amir Khan's camp have taken steps to ensure there will be no repeat of the problems which beset his defeat to Lamont Peterson when the two meet for a rematch in Las Vegas on 19 May.

The 25-year-old had been calling for a rematch ever since he lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in controversial circumstances in Peterson's home city of Washington DC in December.

Khan had highlighted several grievances, chiefly referee Joseph Cooper's deduction of two points, the judges' scoring of the bout and the unexplained presence of 'mystery man' Mustafa Ameen at ringside.

Peterson has agreed to a rematch at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer has revealed he had already sought guarantees over the security at ringside this time

He said "We have a deal, we are all set. This is going to be a big, and I mean a very big fight.

"The first fight was a terrific fight, an all-action fight, a lot of controversy, a lot of questions surrounding it so this one here is hopefully going to clear up all these question marks."

He added on Sky Sports News: "(Security) will be very tight and Las Vegas is probably the best commission in the world and I know they are going to make sure that everything is going to be totally above board.

"I've already had conversations with the Las Vegas commision to make sure that it is going to be absolutely neutral ground for both fighters.

"We won't see any men in hats sitting at the scorers' table."

Schaefer paid tribute to Khan's determination to get the fight on and confirmed the purse split would be equal.

He added: "Amir very early on established that he would be happy to split all worldwide revenues 50/50, obviously a clear indication of how much Amir really wanted the fight."

Khan announced the bout on Twitter, saying: "Big announcement. KHAN. Vs PETERSON May 19th, Mandalay Bay Hotel Vegas. At last I git the fight I deserve, Big ...".

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