Sam Peter feted in Nigeria


Sam Peter feted in Nigeria

PRESS RELEASE: Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter has been embraced by the people in his homeland of Nigeria as a national hero, and everywhere he has visited, crowds have gathered, parades have been held and honors bestowed. "You have proudly hoisted our nation's flag on the highest stage of professional boxing. Your outstanding achievement will inspire other Nigerian sports men and women to great international attainments to the glory of the fatherland," proclaimed Nigerian President, Umaru Yar'Adua, as he presented Peter with the Order of the Niger.


Back home for the first time since being named interim champion by the WBC, Peter has been mobbed everywhere he has gone. "He's a hero and an inspiration to his people," said manager Ivaylo Gotzev, who accompanied Peter for part of the journey. "Everywhere he goes there are thousands of people there cheering."


In another prestigious honor, Nigerian police have promoted Peter, already a 'sports policeman', to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police and converted him to a regular police officer.


He was accompanied to the Presidential ceremony by Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Peter's home state in Nigeria's southeast.

"Our ultimate dream is to bring a world heavyweight championship fight to Nigeria featuring Samuel. An event like that would be on a level that hasn't been seen since the Rumble in the Jungle (Ali vs. Foreman 1974 in Zaire)," revealed Peter's promoter, Dino Duva, "and don't be surprised if happens in the very near future."

The power-punching Peter will soon be returning to the United States to continue training for his WBC Undisputed Heavyweight Championship fight with Oleg Maskaev. The bout is scheduled for February 2, 2007 at a site that has not been determined, and it will be broadcast on Showtime.