Dino Duva has always found patience to be a virtue that has held him in good stead. Now, however, after undefeated Samuel Peter’s resounding second-round knockout Saturday night, that adage is out the window. “Samuel’s performance Saturday night proved to me we don’t have to wait, hold back or be patient any more,” said Duva, following Peter’s quick and devastating, nationally televised knockout of Taurus Sykes in Reno, Nev., to retain the North America Boxing Federation and United States Boxing Federation heavyweight championships and add the North American Boxing Association title.
“Before the bout, before I saw Samuel in action Saturday, I was prepared to remain patient and pick his spot,” continued Duva, president of Duva Boxing. “But not now. Not after this impressive showing. Samuel’s ready for any contender, any champion.
“He’ll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere.
“It doesn’t matter who Samuel fights. It’ll be whoever dares get in the ring across from him.”
The win gives the 24-year-old Peter, originally from Nigeria but now living in Las Vegas, Nev., a record of 24-0 with 21 knockouts.
“Samuel’s ready for and worthy of a world title shot immediately,” said Duva, promoter of Peter, who’s aptly dubbed “The Nigerian Nightmare.” “I believe with this latest sensational victory, Samuel has established himself as the No. 1 contender in the world.
“We’d love to go for a world championship in Samuel’s next fight,” said Duva. “But if that doesn’t happen then we’ll keep active with a fight against another ranked contender.”
Duva said Peter most likely will fight again during the fall, and then added, “Very soon, Samuel will be recognized as the best heavyweight in the world.
“Frankly, many people right now believe, and with good reason, he’s the best heavyweight in action,” said Duva. “But once he gets a belt and makes it official, there’ll be no question whatsoever.”