Ex-champ Khan withdraws appeal of December loss



NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former light welterweight champion Amir Khan has withdrawn an appeal he filed after a split decision loss last month.

The matter was to be heard Wednesday in Newark by a three-member International Boxing Federation panel.

But in an e-mail sent Tuesday night, Khan’s camp said the appeal had been withdrawn and the hearing canceled. They didn’t say what spurred the decision.

Khan was challenging his loss to Lamont Peterson in an IBF bout, claiming he was unfairly docked two points for pushing Peterson. Khan also implied fight judges may have been influenced by a “mystery man” seen sitting next to them at ringside.

The man has been identified as Mustafa Ameen, who does outreach work for the boxing federation. He had been expected to appear in front of the panel.