After losing a close decision to District native Lamont Peterson on Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, boxer Amir Khan said the penalties he suffered in the super lightweight title bout show why D.C. rarely hosts big boxing events.

The bout was the first major championship fight in the nation’s capital since 1993.

As The Post’s Gene Wang reported:

Virginia-based referee Joseph Cooper deducted a point from Khan in the seventh and 12th rounds for pushing off. They proved decisive in a fight that came down to a razor-thin margin.

Nelson Vasquez scored the fight 115-110 to Khan, but fellow judges George Hill and Valerie Dorsett each gave the fight to Peterson, 113-112.

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View Photo Gallery: Lamont Peterson of Washington, D.C., pulled off a stunning upset against Amir Khan of England in the “Capital Showdown” unified super lightweight title match Dec. 10 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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