Boxing's 'mystery man' speaks out
Mustafa Ameen, the man accused by British boxer Amir Khan of influencing the judges during his loss to Lamont Peterson in Washington, DC, last month, said he has "nothing to hide" and will work to clear his name.
Khan and his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, claim Ameen interfered with ringside officials during his controversial split-decision loss to the American fighter Dec. 10, which stripped him of his WBA and IBF junior welterweight belts.
They highlighted video footage that appeared to show Ameen speaking with WBA supervisor Michael Walsh at ringside during the fight, while also handling pieces of paper Khan says belonged to the judges.
Ameen also was seen celebrating with Washington-born Peterson in the ring after the bout. Judge George Hill's scorecard showed the marks for the seventh round amended in favor of the hometown fighter.
The World Boxing Association ordered a rematch between the boxers in light of Khan's claims, while the International Boxing Federation scheduled a Jan. 18 hearing before making a ruling.
Ameen told Examiner.com that he welcomes the opportunity to discuss his behavior at the bout but would wait until the hearing to explain himself.
"I'm not going to take the path that others have taken and state my case on the internet and in the media," he said. "I think it's important to let the facts be known, and I don't want anybody crafting a defense based on something that someone wrote on the internet on what I said happened."
Ameen was billed initially by Khan and his team as a "mystery man" whose conduct needed investigating.
But the man in question said he doubted whether the Brit was really in the dark, after Khan's trainer Freddie Roach easily identified him as a regular visitor to his gym.
Ameen, who claimed he got into the boxing business by befriending Muhammad Ali, said: "People know me through (US heavyweight) Michael Hunter and the IBF. I'm not a mystery man at all. That was a bunch of BS from the very beginning."
Roach, though, also added that Ameen had "no credentials" to be ringside.
Ameen said doubts about his character and conduct were nonsensical.
"It puzzles me that I'm this mysterious guy that dropped out of a sewer, and they say I tried to fix a fight," he said.