Samuel Peter: Poetry of Fear

By Clarence George on August 17, 2014
Samuel Peter: Poetry of Fear
The former WBC heavyweight champ has indeed decided to once again lace on the gloves.

“The Nigerian Nightmare” hasn’t fought since 2011, when he was stopped by Robert Helenius by ninth-round KO…

“Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear.”—Stephen King

I would have been only slightly more taken aback to hear that Carmine Vingo was making a return to the ring, he who was almost killed by Rocky Marciano back in ‘49 and thereafter wisely retired into obscurity. He isn’t, thank God, but don’t breathe that sigh of relief too soon, for former WBC heavyweight champ Samuel Peter has indeed decided to once again lace on the gloves. Almost as bad.

Peter, who’ll turn 34 next month, will fight Alex Leapai over a scheduled 10 rounds at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, Queensland, Australia, on October 24.

“The Nigerian Nightmare” hasn’t fought since April 2011, when he was stopped by Robert Helenius by ninth-round KO. Let’s put it another way: His upcoming bout will mark 42 months since he last stepped into the ring.

A resident of Las Vegas, by way of Nigeria, Peter turned pro in 2001, and has racked up a record of 34 wins, 27 by knockout, and five losses, three by knockout. Prior to his loss to Helenius, Nightmare was stopped by Wladimir Klitschko via 10th-round KO in 2010. His most recent win came the same year, when he stopped Nagy Aguilera by second-round TKO. The man who scored two wins over James Toney, by split decision in 2006 and unanimous decision in 2007, and won the WBC title from Oleg Maskaev by sixth-round TKO in 2008, suffered his first loss in 2005, by unanimous decision to Wladimir. He also lost to brother Vitali in 2008, who took his WBC by retiring him in the eighth, and to Eddie Chambers by majority decision in 2009.

Leapai, who’ll turn 35 a few days before his bout with Peter, is a 10-year pro. His record to date is one of 30 wins, 24 by knockout, five losses, three by knockout, and three draws. His most recent fight was in April, when he got trounced by Wladimir via fifth-round TKO. In addition, he lost to Yan Kulkov by unanimous decision in 2004, Baden Oui by fourth-round TKO in 2005, Colin Wilson by split decision in 2008, and Kevin Johnson by ninth-round TKO in 2012. He drew against Mark de Mori in his first fight, Nermin Sabanovic in 2005, and Kotatsu Takehara in 2009. His most recent win came in 2013, beating Denis Boytsov by unanimous decision.

Born in Samoa, “The Lionheart” now lives in Logan City, Queensland, Australia, where being a favorite son is no more a detriment than it is anywhere else.

I didn’t spar with Rocky Marciano. I didn’t know Rocky Marciano. Rocky Marciano wasn’t a friend of mine. But I know that Alex Leapai ain’t no Rocky Marciano. I’m nowhere near as confident about Samuel Peter not turning out to be Carmine Vingo. We all remember him, right? No? Try this on for mnemonic size: He’s the one who almost got himself killed.

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2008-10-11 - Vitali Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter



Rocky Marciano v. Carmine Vingo.



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  1. Clarence George 12:33pm, 08/18/2014

    Oh, I don’t know, Irish (wink, wink).

    I wonder what’s motivating Peter…money problems?  Not pleasant, those, but no end preferable to brain damage…or death.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:45am, 08/18/2014

    Clarence George-Don’t want to ruffle feathers….yes I do….they’re shameless down under….next thing you know they’ll be robbing graves for real stiffs as in “Weekend at Bernies”.

  3. Clarence George 07:21pm, 08/17/2014

    And he would have, Irish, and within two rounds.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:08pm, 08/17/2014

    Clarence George-1949….Truman was the Prez…..Berle was the king of test pattern TV…...Ezio Pinza had them swooning with “Some Enchanted Evening” and Orwell’s 1984 was on the right track but that train just took about 35 more years than he predicted to pull into the station…...and I still say that Rocky should have stayed around long enough to KO Patterson.

  5. FrankinDallas 11:38am, 08/17/2014

    WHO NECKS? WHO NECKS?

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