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Ruthless Peter!

Posted by By Frank Gonzalez Jr. on 2008/03/14 | Views: 781 |

Ruthless Peter!

Saturday night , precisely Sunday morning in Nigeria, at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico, World Boxing Council, (WBC) Heavyweight Champion, Oleg Maskaev (34-6, 26 KOís) lost his title to the younger Sam Peter (30-1, 23 KOís), after Peter delivered a series of power punches in the sixth round that forced Maskaev to cover up, get rocked a few times and ultimately be saved by the referee, who stepped between them and stopped the contest.

...How he pummelled Maskaev to TKO in Round 6

Saturday night , precisely Sunday morning in Nigeria, at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico, World Boxing Council, (WBC) Heavyweight Champion, Oleg Maskaev (34-6, 26 KOís) lost his title to the younger Sam Peter (30-1, 23 KOís), after Peter delivered a series of power punches in the sixth round that forced Maskaev to cover up, get rocked a few times and ultimately be saved by the referee, who stepped between them and stopped the contest.

Samuel Peterís aggressiveness was the difference in this fight. Maskaev lost the first round by not punching enough. He did better in the second as he jabbed well and connected with a few scoring blows. Peter landed the bigger punches, but Maskaev was starting to realize that by using simple boxing techniques, he could catch Peter with a big right hand somehow, it didnít happen. Peter won the second by doing more damage.

Maskaev had a better showing in round three and four as he used his jab proficiently and managed to crack Peter with a left hook and a few other power shots. Peter hit Maskaev a few times behind the head and did so again in the fourth round. Maskaev complained on a few occasions to no avail. Maskaev was making a big mistake looking to the ref, while Peter was winding up to crack him again. Maskaev landed the cleaner punches during the late exchanges of the fourth.

In the fifth round, Peter cracked Maskaev with three consecutive shots. Maskaev scored with a nice right cross. Peter landed a right of his own. Again, Peter cracked Maskaev three times in a row. In the sixth, Peter hit Maskaev behind the head and got a warning. Both landed in spots until Peter caught him with a combination of shots forcing Maskaev backwards and covering up. Peter kept on punching, landed many and Maskaev didnít respond with anything back, so the ref rightly stopped it at 2:56. Maskaev didnít protest the stoppage and Peter celebrated his TKO 6 Victory.

Maskaev got his WBC belt by beating Hasim Rahman in August of 2006 by KO 12. But Rahman didnít exactly earn that titleóhe inherited it when Vitali Klitschko decided to retire earlier that same year. In spite of his vigorous training sessions in preparation for this fight, Maskaev had some ring rust. He hadnít fought since December of 2006min. Peter has been the busiest HW out there. Peter deserves credit for the forceful way he beat Maskaev, who is a smart, quality boxer with good power, although heís a bit on the slow side. Maskaev will be 40 years old this time next year. Itís likely that heíll retire soon. He had a good run and hopefully, made enough money to enjoy the rest of his life.

I hear a lot of people say that the alphabet soups and their belts donít mean much. That is truth. The values of all these titles are watered down by the fact that there are so many of them. Itís obvious there is no legitimate rankings system, or how in the world does Vitali Klitschko come back after a couple of years away and get a shot at a title immediately? I am sure that a tip top shape Vitali would beat the lot of HWís out there today, including his little brother if he were so inclined to fight him. (I am not advocating that he does) But whatís right is right. The guy who fights Wladimir Klitschko next should be Peter, or Chagaev, both of whom deserve that much.

Wladimir has the IBF, IBO and WBO titles. Peter now has the WBC title. Ruslan Chagaev owns the WBA title. So, you donít have a World Champion, you have three guys with belts. There are not a lot of quality names gracing the ranks of the HW division, so itís pretty obvious that the top guys should all just fight each other and settle things once and for all.

Unfortunately, Wladimirís brother, Vitali is being considered to be the opponent of the winner of Maskaev vs. Peter. It sure smells bad when a guy is out of the ring for a couple of years, then comes back and suddenly, like magic, heís the top contender. If Vitali comes in good shape, I canít see Peter beating Vitali, but you never know and thatís why they fight the fights.

This is not fair to Wladimir because we all know the brothers have vowed theyíd never fight each other. Hopefully Vitali stays out of the ring until his brother gets the opportunity to consolidate the titles. As usual, the sanctioning bodies are not interested in having a Unified

There are but two logical fights at HW; and that is Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sam Peter II or W. Klitschko vs. Ruslan Chagaev. Wladimir owes the fans a good outing after his less than entertaining win over Sultan Ibragimov sullied his marketability a bit.
If I ruled the world, Wladimir would face Chagaev in July and if he beat Chagaev, heíd face Peter in November. Can you imagine a champion fighting three times in one year? The ghosts of boxingís past laugh in the background.

Can you imagine Chagaev beating Wladimir?
Against Wladimir, the possibility exists that Peter can win by KO because of his power and tenacity. In their fight back in 2005, Klitschko went down a couple of times from Peter punches. But Klitschko managed to out-box Peter and turned his face into pulp from all those clean jabs he landed. Itís more likely that Klitschkoís boxing skills wins him the fight by decision.

Klitschko is more a pragmatist in the ring these days. While he could probably knock Peter out if he got so inclined, its more likely heíd be satisfied to win safely by decision. If Jameel McCline could get so close to knocking Peter out, why not Wladimir, who has bigger power in both hands. Peter has a few glaring flaws. Heís often wide with his punches, his defense is questionable and McCline showed that he doesnít take well to being clocked by power punchers. Who does? But it is a reality at HW, where one punch can end a fight at any time.

Meanwhile, Nate Campbell won a stunning split decision over Juan Diaz on Saturday night, battering the previously unbeaten lightweight champion and claiming his three title belts.
Former heavyweight champ, John Ruiz, also won a unanimous decision over Jameel McCline on the undercard of Oleg Maskaev's WBC heavyweight title bout with Samuel Peter at Plaza de Toros.
Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs), a late-bloomer nicknamed "The Galaxxy Warrior," turned 36 last Friday, but has just eight years of pro experience. He grabbed the 24-year-old Diaz's WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight titles by throwing more punches in every round against a champion known for his furious production.

"He was the best. Now I'm the best," Campbell said. "I told everybody this was going to happen. I came out from the start of the fight, and I was throwing as fast as I could for as long as I could."
Diaz (33-1) was bedeviled all week by management squabbles and trainer woes, and the Houston native's perfect career ended with his left eye badly cut and nearly swollen shut.
"I wasn't going to give up," Diaz said. "I had a lot of heart. I wanted to finish the fight out. When I got caught, it affected me a lot. I wasn't able to throw the power jab. I usually have a power jab and break them down from there, but I couldn't do that."

The fight turned in the sixth, when Campbell opened a nasty gash over Diaz's left eye. Though Campbell was penalized for a head-butt on the exchange, replays showed the cut came from a short left hand, not Campbell's head.
Campbell then dominated the final rounds, and Diaz's eye was swollen nearly shut by the time Campbell's hand was raised in victory. Campbell threw 368 power punches to Diaz's 251.
Though Diaz was born and raised in Houston, the Cancun crowd embraced his Mexican heritage with loud cheers ó though Campbell also entered the ring in spangled matador regalia complete with a hat and a red cape, playing on both Diaz's "Baby Bull" nickname and the fight's location in a bullfighting ring.
Diaz's loss capped a tumultuous week for the quiet college student on the Mayan Riviera. His trainer, Ronnie Fields, slipped and injured his ankle on the marble floor of his hotel room earlier in the week. Diaz also had distractions caused by his split from promoter Don King, who quit working for Diaz this week after a prolonged conflict with Willie Savannah, Diaz's manager.

"I had to win this for Don King," Campbell said. "I will not disrespect him the way Juan did."
The heavyweight attraction before the main event featured much of the clutching and grabbing expected from Ruiz (43-7-1) and McCline (38-9-3), but the two aging veterans also provided many moments of good action, as they tried to keep their title dreams alive. McCline lost to Peter in his last bout despite flooring the Nigerian star three times in the first three rounds, while Ruiz was winless in three straight bouts before an easy victory last October.

Ruiz, the Massachusetts native and former WBA heavyweight champ known for his unattractive style, was more active and accurate in nearly every round, though every round also featured multiple shoving matches and clinches while the Mexican crowd booed and whistled.
Ruiz landed many of his best punches in the 11th round to punctuate his easy win by judges' scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. He became the WBC's No. 3 challenger with the win.

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