Khan vs. Peterson Post-Fight Thoughts
To put it mildly, I am not a fan of referee Joseph Cooper.
This has been covered endlessly in the boxing media so I will keep this brief.
The official scores were as follows (Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson):
Nelson Vazquez: 115-110
George Hill: 112-113
Valerie Dorsett: 112-113
Result: A split decision victory for Peterson.
Had Cooper not idiotically been in the way of the first knockdown, the scores would then be:
Nelson Vazquez: 115-109
George Hill: 112-112
Valerie Dorsett: 112-112
Result: A draw.
Had Cooper also not deducted the first point from Khan for “pushing”, the scores would then be:
Nelson Vazquez: 116-109
George Hill: 113-112
Valerie Dorsett: 113-112
Result: UNANIMOUS DECISION FOR KHAN.
Had Cooper not messed up the first knockdown and not docked two points from Khan for “pushing”, the scores would then be:
Nelson Vazquez: 117-109
George Hill: 114-112
Valerie Dorsett: 114-112
Result: CLEAR UNANIMOUS DECISION FOR KHAN.
The point is clear—if Cooper didn’t screw up two of the above three items, Khan would’ve won a unanimous decision. What’s even more frustrating is that the two points he docked from Khan for “pushing” literally swung the bout from a Khan unanimous decision to a Peterson split decision.