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‘Mystery man’ is IBF official, Schaefer calls for re-match or for fight to be declared a no-contest

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Amir Khan: lost his titles on a controversial points decision…

Amir Khan’s promoters Golden Boy have revealed that the ‘mystery man’ spotted ringside during his controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson last month is an IBF official.

Confusion has surrounded the identity of the man, whom video footage shows talking to WBA fight supervisor Michael Welsh as he appears to point out something on a scorecard.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Peterson on points last month in Washington DC but is appealing against the decision.

On Thursday he highlighted photos and video footage showing the presence of a man appearing to interfere with the WBA’s supervisor and handling the scorecards.

The World Boxing Association announced on Friday that they do not know the identity of the man, prompting the organisation’s vice-president to call for a re-match.

But Golden Boy chief executive Richard Shaefer told Sky Sports News the man is an IBF official – although he was not assigned to the Khan-Peterson fight which was sanctioned by both governing bodies.

Shocking

Shaefer has called for an immediate re-match or for the fight to be declared a no-contest.

Schaefer refused to name the man, saying he had been advised not to do so by lawyers, but claimed the footage was “astonishing and shocking”.

The Golden Boy chief executive said the man was an IBF official, but not one assigned to the fight and claimed he should not have been ringside.

“The right thing to do is declare a no-contest. There’s enough controversy to warrant a no-contest decision,” he said.

“In any case, both governing bodies should order a re-match and the fighters can settle things in the ring.”

It has also been claimed the man has been pictured celebrating with the Peterson camp after the fight, something Schaefer described as “unusual” and leaves “question marks”.

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