Steward says Wladimir will knock Peter out with his missles early in the fight
By Dave Lahr: Emanuel Steward, the trainer for IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KO’s), says Klitschko will come out fast in the fight throwing power shots on September 11th against challenger Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KO’s). Steward says “Sam Peter’s never been completely knocked out. he just quit on himself. I don’t think that he’;s ever really been knocked out. But Wladimir has the power to knock out anyone with either hand. So in this fight with Peter, the way that the emotions are building, he [Klitschko] will unleash his missiles earlier than normal. And when Wladimir does that, people get knocked out. That’s why I was pushing him with Eddie Chambers. I think that he will unleash his missiles against Samuel Peter. Based on Wladimir’s state of mind and the way he’s training for this fight, he will punch harder sooner. It will be the first time that Peter gets completely knocked out. I think that he’ll [Wladimir] knock him out. And I think that it will be because of the left hook more than the fight hand.”
It sounds like Steward is trying to get Wladimir knocked out. God, if Klitschko comes out fast like the way Steward is dreaming this up, I can see Wladimir getting knocked out much earlier than I originally thought he would. In their fight five years ago, Peter had Wladimir dodging bullets with every punch. Literally every shot that Peter threw in that fight had knockout intentions and gave Wladimir problems when they would land. There wasn’t hardly a time where Wladimir didn’t get shaken when Peter landed flush. And now Steward thinks Wladimir is going to go right after Peter and try to take him out early? If I were Steward, I would strongly urge Wladimir against doing this.
You don’t go right after a killer puncher like Samuel Peter unless you have a rock solid chin like Vitali Klitschko. Wladimir doesn’t have that kind of chin, so if he goes after Peter trying to mow him down with left hooks like Steward is envisioning, I see this fight ending in two or three rounds. That’s what Wladimir tried to do in his 2nd round knockout loss to Corrie Sanders in 2003. Wladimir came strong trying to throw lead left hooks and got clocked by a straight left hand from Sanders. The next thing you know it, Wladimir was flat on his back with both eyes closed tight. I think Steward has become too enamored with Wladimir’s recent win over Eddie Chambers and thinks that Wladimir can do the same with Peter. He can’t. If Wladimir tries to knock Peter out, he’ll be knocked and quick. Wladimir is going to get knocked out anyway, but having him go right after Peter will only quicken his demise.
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