More than just a great match-up of styles, the significance of unbeaten heavyweight Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter facing former WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko on September 24 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and televised live on HBO is considerable. “It’s such an important fight for the impact it will have on the division and on boxing in general,” marvelled Peter’s promoter, Dino Duva. “The outcome of this fight could shape the heavyweight division for years to come.”
HBO’s President of Programming, Kery Davis, agrees: “The Klitschko/Peter fight shapes up as one of the most compelling heavyweight fights in recent memory. The stakes are high for both men. The winner emerges as a significant player in a heavyweight division that is in need of an injection of fresh star power.”
In Peter, you have the future king and self-proclaimed “savior of the division.” Does this young, undefeated, 24-0 (21 KO), powerhouse have what it takes to ascend the throne and bring heavyweight boxing back into the limelight? An impressive victory over Klitschko would put him on the fast track to superstardom.
Not long ago, Wladimir Klitschko, 44-3 (40 KO), was considered one of the two or three best heavyweights on the planet. The 6’ 6” Ukrainian put together a very impressive streak of victories before suffering surprising setbacks to Corrie Sanders and then Lamon Brewster. A victory over Peter would put him right back in the title mix. A loss might spell the end.
The Peter vs. Klitschko match-up was recently voted the fight that viewers of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights most want to watch. “Not only is this fight a mandatory box-off for two organizations, the IBF and the WBO,” continued Duva, “it’s also a clash between two of the most powerful fighters in boxing. It’s a crossroads fight for a former world champion who was not long ago considered the best fighter out there, taking on the hottest new prospect in the world. It’s also a chance for the world to see what Samuel Peter is really made of. There are so many reasons why this is such a great match-up. And on top of its importance to the landscape of the sport, it’s probably the best heavyweight match-up from a boxing standpoint as well. For as long as this fight lasts, it’s going to be exciting. And when the dust settles, the future heavyweight king will be left standing.”