NEW FIGHT FOR kAVANAGH-CRITICISES PETERSON FOR COSTING FANS, FIGHTERS AND OFFICIALS
By Paddy Appleton
Jamie Kavanagh will be fighting on the 26th May in Cancun following the cancellation of the Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson card this week.
The Nuisance was facing the prospect of fighting on Khan’s next fight following the cancellation but he would have had to wait until July for that one.
It was a disappointing thought for the aspiring star but even though he is delighted at having a new fight he feels for Khan and the other fighters who have suffered as part of Peterson’s misdemeanour, not to mention the fans who had bought tickets and flights along with accommodation.
“Yeah well I’m not the only one on the card that has lost a fight but I worry about me and that’s it although it is very disappointing for everyone, a lot has gone into this event and it has all gone down the drain.
“I was just hoping something would come out of the wood work for me, and be professional about it and thankfully Golden Boy has delivered. A lot of thanks must go to them.”
Regarding the thoughts that Amir Khan could have fought a stand in to help the card go ahead, Kavanagh spoke:
“If the card had been cancelled 3 or 4 weeks ago then maybe something could have been done but it was the last 10 days (before the fight). I had people travelling to see me fight from at home but they weren’t to book until the last minute so they were lucky.
“VADA were not quick enough to tell Amir’s team what had happened with the two tests. So yeah they could have got a stand in if they had more time, a lot had gone into this event.
“A friend of mine stayed in the Mandalay Bay Hotel for the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight last week and they said there were blackjack tables with advertisements and posters of Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson all over the place. Everyone has paid the price for his (Peterson’s) error.
“I’ve also had friends travelling from Miami who weren’t so lucky and had paid for their flight and accommodation. It’s just all messed up and I was really disappointed until Golden Boy saved it for me.”
The 21-year old Dubliner says the blame for the cancellation lies solely at the hands of Peterson and his camp, and Kavanagh has little sympathy for the Washington fighter.
“There is only one guy (to blame) and its Peterson; he should have disclosed that he had taken whatever he claims to have taken, or even better maybe don’t take the banned substance?
“You can’t expect to get away with it and I knew when he got caught they were going to make an example of him and cancel the fight. If they let him away with it then everyone will be getting doctors’ notes.”
The Nuisance knows he’s one of the lucky ones to get a new fight sealed so quickly and he is delighted that he will still be fighting in May as his career progresses interestingly.