The World Boxing Association yesterday ordered a rematch within 180 days of the controversial light-welterweight world title fight between Britain's Amir Khan and American Lamont Peterson. 

Amir Khan

The move comes in the wake of a much debated split-decision victory by Peterson over the Englishman last month in Washington, Peterson's hometown, and after a formal appeal by Golden Boy Promotions to the WBA on behalf of Khan.

"I'm pleased that justice has been done and the WBA has ordered an immediate rematch. All we ask as sportsmen is for a fair and level playing field when we compete," Khan said.