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Amir Khan appeals scoring in loss

LONDON -- British boxer Amir Khan appealed the scoring in his split-decision loss to American Lamont Peterson in their light-welterweight title fight.

"We'll find out in the next five to seven days if the decision is overturned," Khan told Sky Sports News on Thursday. "If that's the case, I will give him a rematch to settle the score."

The 25-year-old Englishman lost his WBA and IBF titles in the defeat in Washington on Saturday after points were deducted on two occasions for pushing.

International Boxing Federation president Daryl Peoples confirmed to The Associated Press that Khan's camp also has appealed against referee Joseph Cooper's decision to deduct points.

"We have just asked Golden Boy Promotions for a DVD of the tape so I can review it with the Championships chairman (Lindsey Tucker)," Peoples said.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer had told ESPN.com on Monday that Khan planned to appeal to the WBA and IBF asking for an immediate rematch. Golden Boy also formerly offered Peterson a rematch, but his manager, Barry Hunter, told ESPN.com that while Peterson will entertain the idea it is by no means a guarantee.

"I want to look at every option that comes across the table because it's business and it's about Lamont's future and the future for his daughter," Hunter said. "There's no need to go rushing into anything or to be reckless in our decision making. At the press conference, emotions are running high. But when you take a step back and think about the whole picture, there is some serious decision making to be made."

Khan claimed the scorecards were changed before the results were read out by the ring announcer.

"I got told I won the fight by someone at Golden Boy Promotions who had seen the scorecards, and (ring announcer) Michael Buffer said the same thing to me, before they were taken off him and changed," Khan said. "It's never taken so long after a fight."

The 2004 Olympic silver medalist also said he only resorted to pushing Peterson because his opponent was constantly leading with his head.

"Every time he came in with his head, the best thing was for me to push him away," Khan said. "In the rule book, there's no warning for pushing -- especially points deducted -- and I got two points deducted.

"I was treated unfairly, and I'm sure we can get a rematch and we can have a neutral referee and neutral judges."

Khan's second professional loss dealt a setback to his hopes of moving up to welterweight ahead of a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the unbeaten WBC champion.

"This has only put me back three to six months because hopefully I'll get the rematch with Peterson and beat him," Khan said. "Maybe it's happened for a reason. It's given me an extra fight, given me more experience and made me a lot wiser and I'll be a lot more mature when I fight Mayweather."

Information from ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael and The Associated Press was used in this report.