Samuel Peter Storms Out Of Press Conference – Boxing News
By Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) reacting to what appeared to him to be an insult, rushed angrily out of Monday’s press conference in Berlin. Apparently, Peter was angry that the press conference was conducted in German, which he doesn’t speak and his opponent on Saturday, Vitali Klitschko, does. According to AP, Peter responded to the few questions that were asked of him in English with his own language of Nigerian, giving them a taste of what it feels like not to be able to understand what is being said. Vitali previously made his home in Hamburg, Germany for many years, and because of that is comfortable with the language.
It’s unfortunate that Peter, the WBC champion, is forced to go all the way to Germany to have to fight given the fact that he’s the champion. However, he may end up getting the last laugh if he is able to stop the ring rusty 37 year-old Klitschko. Peter, 28, arguably one of the two best heavyweights on the planet at this time, would have preferred facing Vitali’s younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF/WBO heavyweight champion and the fighter perceived by many people to be considered as the best heavyweight in the world. However, that’s not the main reason that Peter wants to face him, though. He wants to fight him because Wladimir defeated him by a 12-round decision three years ago, and the defeat is the only blemish on what would be a perfect record if not for Wladimir.
Peter did extraordinarily well against Wladimir, knocking him down several times in the fight, and coming close to taking him out. Now three years later, Peter has improved as a fighter, won the WBC title with a sixth round TKO over Russian Oleg Maskaev seven months ago in March, and has picked up more boxing skills with his wins over James Toney and Jameel McCline. Though Peter has faced some negative feedback because he was knocked down several times by McCline, he got up each time and ended up salvaging the fight with a unanimous decision win, so that’s taken a lot of the air out of his critics.
Vitali was thought by many boxing fans a long shot to make it into next Saturday’s bout with Peter, with many people thinking that Vitali would suffer another injury of some sort or another. While there’s still five more days before the fight, it looks as if he’s taking it easy with his training this time around and may very well make it unto the fight without hurting himself. With that said, there’s a real big unknown area about how Vitali, with his brittle knee, back and shoulder, all of which required surgery in the past, will be able to handle the pounding of a 12-round fight with the most physical heavyweight in the division.
Peter will likely try and find out fast on October 11th, and will probably go right after Vitali and make him work hard with his aging and injury prone body. If there’s any weakness in it, you can rest assured that Peter will find it and bring it out for the people to see. Vitali has quit in the past because of an injury, quitting on his stool in the 9th round against Chris Byrd in April 2000, losing his WBO heavyweight title in the process. When a fighter has quit once for an injury, sometimes it’s easier to quite the second time around. We may be seeing that happen against on Saturday I’m afraid.
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