Britian's Pakistani born boxer Amir Khan feels he was beaten by Joseph Cooper rather than Lamont Peterson here on Saturday night. But for all his frustrations about the referee, the British fighter frittered away the chances to cancel out all arguments.
Khan may have been unlucky to be docked a point in the seventh round for an offence that referees in other parts of the world - and even other parts of the United States - would have ignored. Knowing the third man was fussy and officious about holding and pushing, Khan should have adapted.
To commit another offence in the 12th round, a session the WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion was winning, was rash judgement.