Peter-Helenius: Does Samuel have enough left to win this one?
By Jason Kim: Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KO’s) has been selected to fight unbeaten 6’6 ½” contender Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KO’s) on April 2nd at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
As we’ve seen with one of Helenius’ previous opponents Lamon Brewster, Peter likely wouldn’t have been chosen for this fight by Helenius’ promoters if they thought Peter had anything left and had a good chance of beating their fighter.
They’ve obviously seen Peter’s disappoint loses to Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko in the past three years and noted how poorly that Peter has fought in against those two fighters. However, you never know if that was because Peter was facing two of the best fighters in the world or whether he just flat out doesn’t have anything left in the tank.
Peter is only 30-years-old and still looks great when fighting B level opponents. His problem is that he struggles when he’s asked to take on tall fighters. In his last fight against Wladimir, Peter looked as if he wasn’t interested in taking the kinds of hard shots that he needed to take in order to possibly score a knockout against Wladimir.
Peter stayed on the outside after the first couple of rounds, he seemed to lose confidence and just became a punching bag for Wladimir. It’s this that Helenius’ promoters are probably counting on happening. However, Helenius isn’t in the class of the Klitschko, and doesn’t have their huge power or boxing ability.
Peter might be able to get in close and take Helenius out if he fights with some urgency like the Peter of old. He’s got to fight go out and really put some pressure on Helenius early because if he waits too long, Helenius is going to jab him to pieces and cause him to bust up.
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