Fight News

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Big Sam Peter was an exciting prospect a while back but lost his appeal lately. This win over Toney might just get him back in the spotlight. Heavyweight boxing needs something to hype it back up. UFC has grown over the last 2 years or so, and it appears boxing has gone the other way. Hopefully we'll see a new Mike Tyson in the near future. But for now we'll have to settle for giant Russians and Ukranians...
Here's a report of the Samuel Vs. Toney fight from
Samuel Peter scored a unanimous points decision over James Toney in their heavyweight title elimination fight to set up a shot at WBC champion Oleg Maskaev.

Showing remarkable movement Peter comfortably outscored his opponent in the rematch against Toney, who had complained long and loud after dropping a split decision in their previous bout.

At the final bell Peter did a little victory dance in the ring as Toney - his left eye partially swollen shut - just pawed a glove toward him in disgust.

"This was my best fight," the 25-year-old Peter said. "I trained hard for this fight."

The judges' scorecards were 119-108, 118-110, 118-110 for Peter, who was warned twice for hitting Toney in the back of the head but did not lose a point as he did in the first fight just over four months ago.

Toney grumbled about that decision but could say nothing after this one. He showed very little energy and was knocked down for the first since 1994 against Roy Jones.

"He didn't knock me down," said Toney, severely slurring his words. "I slipped."

Peter staggered Toney just past the midway point of the first round, then was warned for hitting in the back of the head.

In the second, Peter connected with a straight left that put Toney on his backside.

The 38-year-old Toney rallied a bit in an action-filled fourth round but had little else.

Peter kept finishing rounds with flurries that swayed the judges and had Toney wearing a beaten look.

In the 11th, Peter struck again with a big right hand that had Toney reeling. He kept his feet but offered nothing in return the remainder of the bout.

A former IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight champion, Toney has now lost two straight fights after going nearly nine years without a setback.