Time For Redemption
By Javier Molina
Samuel Okon Peter is not a man of many words, but inside the
ring his fists have done the talking.
Also known as “The Nigerian Nightmare” his one-punch k.o power
has earned him the respect of the heavyweight division.
He represented Nigeria in the 2000 Sydney, Olympics games. Sam
reached the quarter finals but was eliminated by the heavyweight
silver medalist Paolo Vidoz of Italy.
Although he didn’t obtain a medal in Sydney as an amateur he
knocked out the super heavyweight Olympic silver medalist
Since then Peter’s been a man on a mission, to become the
heavyweight champion of the world.
Growing up many of his peers called him a dreamer for setting
After years of hard work and dedication Peter accomplished his
goal of becoming the first Nigerian heavyweight boxer to obtain
the most coveted title in sports the “WBC Heavyweight
Championship” By defeating former champion Oleg Maskaev On March
8th, 2008 in Cancun, Mexico.
Although he's made millions of dollars throughout his career and
now lives a lavish lifestyle in Las Vegas, Peter’s passion and
dedication to master his craft has raised his bar. In a recent
interview Sam stated "my new goal is to not just become a two
time champion, but to become the undisputed heavyweight champion
of the world".
Many of us in the boxing media perceive this as an unrealistic
goal, given the fact that he's lost to the two reigning
heavyweight champions “the Klitschko brothers”.
In Sam's last bout on October 11th, 2008 in Berlin, Germany; he
lost to Vitali Klitschko via 9th TKO. The Ukrainian giant
frustrated and out boxed the defending champion.
Sam has stated that he's determined to secure a rematch with
both Kitsch brothers, but is fully aware that before a rematch
he must first redeem and establish himself as a dominating force
in the heavyweight division.
This Friday night March 27, 2009 at the Nokia Theater in Los
Angeles California, Sam is faced with another hungry fighter;
Eddie Chambers with a record of 33 -1-18 KO’s ranked #5 by the
IBF. The winner could be one step closer to obtaining a title
Since losing his WBC heavyweight championship, Sam Peter has
enlisted the services of Manny Masson, who worked with Sam for
the two James Toney fights and the Jameel McCline fight.
Manny Masson is a technical specialist, and a strategist of the
Also on Peter's team is Ibn Cason, the man responsible for
strength and conditioning, his duty is to insure that Sam
performs at optimum peak levels. In 2001 Cason was the strength
and conditioning trainer for Hasim Rahman when he knocked out
Lennox Lewis to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the
Sam Peter’s relentless manager Ivaylo Gotzev is the mastermind
behind the careers of Sam Peter and former WBO heavyweight
champion Sergei Lyakhovich, he's an astute businessman and a
fierce negotiator who does not shy away from any challenge. He's
a visionary who can recognize talent when he sees it.
In a recent interview Ivaylo Gotzev stated that on March 27th,
Sam Peter's has a date with destiny, he's at a cross roads point
in his career when he battles Eddie Chambers. His fighter either
ascends to another title opportunity with one of the Klitschko
brothers, or he becomes an irrelevant force in the heavyweight
division. That’s why if you’re a boxing fan, you don’t want to
miss this fight live on ESPN Friday night broadcast.