IBF to talk to Peterson over failed test

Updated: May 11, 2012

The International Boxing Federation will speak to Lamont Peterson about his failed drugs test before deciding whether to strip him of their light-welterweight title and potentially return it to Amir Khan.

Khan today called for the return of his WBA and IBF titles after claiming Peterson’s test proved he was “a cheat”.

It emerged earlier this week that the American, who controversially beat Khan in December, had tested positive for a banned steroid. Peterson has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to clear his name.

Their rematch scheduled for May 19 has subsequently been cancelled, with Khan’s American promoter Richard Schaefer calling on the boxing authorities to “do the right thing” and rule the first fight a no-contest.

The WBA have yet to comment while a spokesperson for the IBF told Press Association Sport the body are reluctant to make a formal statement until hearing all of the evidence over the coming days.

“We are still waiting to receive all the information from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as well as to speak with Lamont Peterson,” they said.

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