The backlash continues after Lamont Peterson failed his drug test, and the May 19 rematch with Amir Khan had to be cancelled. Now, fans are circulating new rumors about a possible bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan. Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
Amir Khan has not kept his thoughts about Lamont Peterson quiet. In a recent interview with ESPN, Khan called him a "fake and a fraud" who has ruined his name in boxing. Since the cancellation of the rematch, Khan wants Peterson's titles to be removed and would like him to be banned from the sport. Peterson's camp has tried to explain the synthetic testosterone use in the past by claiming it was in pellet form. However, an official statement from them also mentioned that "we still stand behind the fact that he did nothing wrong."
An odd reaction to the news of Peterson's failed drug test has surfaced. Rumors about a potential fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan are growing as both boxers remain silent about this possibility. The rumors are a surprising twist to the recent scandal because Khan has been connected to a possible bout in July with Danny Garcia.
The source of the Mayweather and Khan rumors has been difficult to trace because stories have appeared on multiple websites. Some fans believe the Mayweather camp may have started them to deflect attention away from the lack of a fight with Manny Pacquiao. Others think Khan is the source because he has stated he wants to fight Mayweather in the past. In either case, a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan will not be possible this year because of a looming jail sentence for Floyd.
Khan's Thank You
Amir Khan's public thank you on Twitter is providing some of the fuel for the rumors. Khan posted, "Big thanks to @floydmayweather who stresses about fighters to be tested and we all should agree. We should keep sport clean." Khan has also mentioned Mayweather in a video from EsNewsReporting. It seems that Khan has joined Mayweather's side in promoting drug tests in boxing.
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