Vitali Domination Forces Peter to Quit
four years of inactivity proved insignificant to former champ Vitali
Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs), as the Ukrainian giant easily beat Samuel
Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) into submission over eight one-sided rounds.
round one, the towering Klitschko immediately let Peter know he meant
business by wobbling the Nigerian Nightmare with lead left hooks. The
straight right hand was also on display as the Ukrainian measured him
effortlessly from the outside.
looking worried in the corner, Peter fared no better in round two, now
being countered repeatedly with lead left hooks whenever he lunged in.
Adding to Peters woes, the increasingly confident Vitali began
clubbing the American heavyweight with triple jabs.
laboring by the third, the WBC titlists sluggish punch output was
reflected most in the lack of snap on his jab, which he was pushing out
and leaving himself open to be countered. Dr. Iron Fist remained
composed and continued his best Ali impersonation by throwing jabs and
lead hooks from his hip on a hapless Peter. For all the shots he took,
all WBC champ could show for it was a partially blocked left hook to
four saw Peter get the worst early on of a jabbing contest, and get
countered by a monstrous counter right over a wild left hook. A
swelling and bleeding Peter became desperate and launched a clumsy bull
rush at Klitschko, only to see the former champ coolly take a step back
and deflect every blow.
utilized rounds six and seven to let his jab almost exclusively bust up
the fading Peter, who had become the nothing more than a punching bag.
Wary of applying pressure because of the hard jabs crashing into his
nose, Peter stayed perilously at the end of Vitalis range and was
punished with straight and overhand rights for his trouble.
between rounds, Samuel Peters corner implored him to press the fight
and throw combinations to stifle the beating he was taking. But the
fighters looks of resignation and helplessness were clear in detailing
that it was not a matter of if, but when Peter would succumb to the
weakened prey, Klitschko stormed out for round eight throwing an
impressive mix of firepower: double jab-straight right combos, double
lead left hooks, and the occasional counter right uppercut. Taking
another drubbing, Peter with both eyes swollen and mouth spurting blood
returned to the corner looking for a way out.
before the ninth, Peter shook his head multiple times while his trainer
tried to give advice for the next round. With a microphone right below
his fighter, the trainer asked Peter to repeat his mumbled statement,
to which Peter replied no more stop it.
quitting on his stool, Peter relinquishes the WBC heavyweight title to
Vitali Klitschko. The win also makes Vitali the first fighter to win a
title in his first fight back after nearly four years, and the first to
hold a world title simultaneously with a sibling in the same weight
week, I stated that the Vitali Klitschko of four years ago would have
defeated Peter, but little did I or anyone suspect that same Vitali
would enter the ring this past Saturday. Klitschko showed great
accuracy, stamina, and ring generalship to box circles around his
the glory may be short-lived, as the more exciting Klitshcko at 37
years-old hasnt decided whether he will continue fighting. Previously,
Vitali expressed a main goal of wanting to hold a title along with his
brother, which he has now achieved. Plus, there is no chance to unify
if he stays since the brothers have vowed never to fight each other.
Peter, the loss marks another setback when faced against his best
competition. And as pointed out by the Showtime announce team, the loss
again reveals Peters huge liabilities when paired against a larger
foe, as seen with Wladimir Klitschko, Jameel McCline, and now Vitali
Dawsons Speed Befuddles Tarver to Decision
Dawsons words couldnt shut Antonio Tarvers mouth these past few
months, but last Saturday the speed of his hands sure did.
a game-plan based on lightning fast combinations and a consistent body
attack, former WBC champ Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) outworked cagey
veteran Antonio Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) to a unanimous decision win.
the first two rounds Tarver struggled to find any rhythm against the
younger Dawson, and was visibly shaken by the young lions five to six
punch hook combinations to the body. In addition, the power behind Bad
Chads punches physically knocked Tarver back throughout the rounds and
prevented the loquacious pugilist from mounting significant counter
round three Tarver found Dawsons rhythm and timed him with an overhand
left. Dawson in his zeal to respond was then stunned by a sneaky
uppercut. Now cautious of being caught again, Tarver secured the rest
of the round on punch volume as the challenger remained in a defensive
got back on track in rounds four and five, showcasing dazzling hook
counters to confuse the champion. Along with cracking shots downstairs,
Dawson again would knock Tarver off-balance with his counter hooks to
easily take the rounds.
round six off, Dawson unwisely spent the round goading Tarver to attack
him, a possible receipt for the months of trash-talking he endured.
Even though this made have given Dawson some emotional gratification,
his abysmal punch activity allowed Tarver to steal another round.
in rounds seven through nine Dawson kept Tarver guessing with
unpredictable, explosive combinations. The spontaneous assaults keep
Tarver for committing completely to his punches, as he became more
concerned on whenever he would be strafed to the body with five to
eight blinding punches.
Dawsons inexperience gave Tarver late chances to get back into the
fight. Partly due to fatigue and concentration lapses, Tarver was able
to outhustle Dawson in rounds ten and eleven. Here, Dawson again
lowered his punch output too much against Tarvers consistent work-rate.
he was far behind, Tarver started the final round desperate for the
knockout. Throwing caution to the wind, the 2-time Roy Jones conqueror
pounced on Dawson looking to land a homerun shot.
Unfortunately for Tarver, Dawsons superior hand speed would again be the deciding factor.
Over a lazy Tarver setup jab, Dawson fired a quick counter left hook that spun Tarver, dropping him for a balance knockdown.
that the definitive stamp was put on the contest, Dawson cautiously
finished the round and his best mainstream win to date.
Scores for the unanimous decision win for Chad Dawson were 118-109 and 117-110 twice.
In the post-fight interview, Dawson gave credit to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who called him before the fight to express his support.
gave me a call in the locker room and told me Im the best fighter in
the world hands down, Dawson explained. Just to get a call from Floyd
Mayweather to big me up like that was a big confidence booster for me.
I was thinking about that all in the locker room. I knew I had to come
out and put on a show.
With the win, Chad Dawson now becomes a viable option for the winner of Roy Jones-Joe Calzaghe next month.
Antonio Tarver, the 39 year-old finds himself having to rebuild once
again, and may want to consider engaging in a rubber-match with fellow
veteran Glen Johnson.
Floyd Mayweather Shoots Down Comeback Rumors
attendance at the Dawson-Tarver fight, former pound for pound king
Floyd Mayweather addressed rumblings that his return to the ring is
Im just here to support young fighters like Chad Dawson and all the
fighters out there right now, Money May clarified. You have MMA out
there now. I just wanna wish all the fighters out there the best.
Absolutely [Im retired].
Holyfield Gets Another Title Shot Against Valuev
Evander Holyfield, who turns 46 this month, has been offered a shot against WBA champion Nikolai Valuev in December.
According to Valuevs management team, an offer has been sent to the former champ and is pending finalization.
Holyfield, a three time heavyweight champion, last fought October 13, 2007, losing a lopsided decision to Sultan Ibragimov.
fears for the health and reports that his speech is already slurred,
its expected that Holyfield will move forward with his latest attempt
at another heavyweight title.
Throwback Fighter of the Week: Carlos Zarate
power rarely seen at the lower weights, former bantamweight champion
Carlos Zarate was one of the most exciting knockout artists of the
pro in 1970, Zarate quickly made history as the only boxer to have 20
or more knockouts in a row after starting his career with 23 successive
By 1976, he earned a WBC title shots against fellow Mexican Rodolfo Martinez, who he knocked out in eight rounds.
three successful defenses, Zarate met fellow undefeated Mexican and WBA
bantamweight champion in 1977 in what was dubbed The Battle of the Z
Boys. Hated rivals, Zarate emerged victorious from the grudge match
shootout with a 4th round TKO.
following year Zarate didnt prove as lucky moving up to Super
Bantamweight against another rival in Wilfredo Gomez. Being too small
to hurt the naturally bigger Gomez, Zarate suffered his first loss via 5th
round TKO. The fight is also notable to pitting two fighters who at the
time of their meeting had the highest knockout percentages in history
between them: Gomez at 21-0, 21 KOs and Zarate at 55-0, 54 KOs.
setback came the following year, as Zarate suffered a heart-breaking
split decision loss to Lupe Pintor despite flooring his gym-mate in the
After the loss, Zarate retired for five years before launching a comeback in 1985.
a string of 11 straight KOs including one of over #1 contender Richard
Savage, Zarate ultimately lost his biggest contests against WBC Super
Bantemweight champ Jeff Fenech in 1987 (4th round TD on accidental butt) and in 1988 against Daniel Zaragoza via 10th round stoppage.
Retiring for good after the defeat, Zarate joined the International Boxing Hall of Fame during the 1990s.
His final record stands at 66-4, 63 KOs.
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