Orange Calls for Rematch at Verizon Center
1/16/2012, 10:26 a.m.
WBA Orders Immediate Rematch for Peterson-Kahn
WASHINGTON, D.C. - At-large Council member Vincent B. Orange is calling for a rematch between boxers Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan in an event that he wants to occur in D.C. at the Verizon Center.
Orange has oversight over the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, and a hearing is slated for Jan.18 before the International Boxing Federation ("IBF"). The thrust is to overturn Peterson's victory or to order an immediate rematch.
Orange has scheduled a Feb. 3 oversight hearing to examine the performance of the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission during the championship fight that took place last year on Dec. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
"The WBA and the IBF have the authority to order a rematch. However, Peterson is the champion and should dictate where the rematch will be held," Orange said in a statement. "The fight at the Convention Center drew nearly 10,000 spectators. With the controversy, interest and the exciting boxing performance put on by Peterson-Kahn on December 10, the Verizon Center should command a sellout crowd of 20,000."