Press Release: Promoter Dino Duva announced that heavyweight slugger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will return to action on April 28, 2006 as he headlines a Duva Boxing heavyweight show at the Mohegan Sun Casino. ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will broadcast. Peter, 25-1 (21 KOs), will tangle with Detroit’s 7-foot-tall Julius Long in a twelve-round main-event battle. In addition, the opening bout of the night will Brian “The Beast” Minto, 23-1 (14 KOs), who will face Billy Zumbrun in an eight-round scrap and in the middle fight, “The New Italian Stallion” Mike Marrone, 13-0 (10 KOs), coming off an ESPN2-televised thriller in his last fight, will take on an opponent who is still TBA over six rounds.
The April 28 appearance will be the always-exciting Peter’s second since suffering a heavyweight title elimination loss to former WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko last September. In December, Peter dropped and decisioned veteran Robert Hawkins. Rated in the top four or five of nearly every world sanctioning body, against Long, Peter will be looking to continue carving a path of destruction to the heavyweight title. He intends to challenge any champion who comes out on top after the heavyweight title fights this spring.
Since scoring an eye-opening PPV-televised stoppage over rival Vinny Maddalone last September, the vastly improved Minto has appeared twice, logging stoppages over Forrest Neal and Troy Weida. “The Beast” sits poised on the doorstep of another high-profile fight and will be looking to make a statement against Zumbrun.
Undefeated 20-year-old boxer/puncher Mike Marrone introduced himself to the boxing world just two weeks ago, as he fought a heart-stopping knockdown, drag-out war against more experienced Zack Page in his television debut. Marrone had Page down twice and seemingly out when a lucky punch dropped him and forced him to hang on for dear life to survive. Marrone showed tons of heart in that appearance and won over a lot of fans with his exciting and heavy-handed style.
“The Mohegan Sun is a terrific place for boxing and we’re very happy to be returning,” said Duva Boxing’s Dino Duva. “We’ve got three of our brightest prospects for the fans that night, all of them heavyweights and each in different stages of their promising careers. It’s just a matter of time before Samuel Peter takes his first championship, while Brian Minto is sitting on the cusp of a breakthrough performance on the world stage. Mike Marrone is just starting to carve out his identity as a blood and guts TV favorite and the fans are responding quickly. It’s going to be a great night and we’re happy to be putting on a show of this high quality.