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Peter vs. Toney Recap

On Saturday night, “the Nigerian Nightmare”, Samuel Peter defeated James “lights out” Toney in a 12 round battle to capture the IBA heavyweight title infront of 9,852 fans at the Staples Center. In what was clearly a difficult fight to score, Peter gained a hard fought split decision. With the win, Peter (27-1, 22KO) now finds himself in the heavyweight spotlight and will face heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, who recently defeated Hasim Rahman for the WBC belt.


On Saturday night, “the Nigerian Nightmare”, Samuel Peter defeated James “lights out” Toney in a 12 round battle to capture the IBA heavyweight title infront of 9,852 fans at the Staples Center. In what was clearly a difficult fight to score, Peter gained a hard fought split decision. With the win, Peter (27-1, 22KO) now finds himself in the heavyweight spotlight and will face heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, who recently defeated Hasim Rahman for the WBC belt.

A very pro Toney crowd urged the fighters on from the start. Right from the get go, Peter slowly stalked Toney around the ring, initiating the action. Toney (69-4-3, 43KO) continued to show why he is one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time, as he constantly made Peter miss, while at the same time counter punching. In the 2nd round, Peters punches seemed to have no affect on Toney.

Throughout the middle round, both fighters stuck to their game plan. Peter would look for the big haymakers, while Toney stuck to his slick and sharp counter punching. By the 4th round, both fighters seemed to tire. Peter moved around the ring with his mouth open and Toney would often drop his gloves dangerously low.

Perhaps fatigue played a role in the 5th round when Peter seemed to hurt Toney twice in the round. Early in the round, Toney was caught by a series of Peter`s lumbering shots. Peter continued to pressed Toney and again seemed to hurt hiim with a devestating body shot with about 50 seconds remaining in the 5th round. Weather the effects of the blistering blows or fatigue, referee Raul Caiz Sr. warned Toney not to hold on to the ropes. Toney was able to make it out of the round.

The 6th round provided the most entertaining round of the night. Both men traded punches throughout the round. Peter landed flush haymakers to the head of Toney, while Toney countered with jabs and hooks of his own. The action was so inense it produced a standing ovation by the crowd at the end of the round.

In what could only be referred to as a mental lapse, Sam Peter was deducted a point in the 9th round for hitting Toney after the referee had called for a break. Peter struck Toney in the head with both fists coming together from opposite sides.

Sensing victor was slipping away, Peter pressing the action during the final rounds. At this point, both fighters were on fumes. At the end, the fight went to the score cards. One judge had the fight 115-112, for Toney, while the other two score the bout 116-111 in favor of Peter. touchgloves.com had the fight scored 115 – 112 for Toney.

Toney was clearly upset at the results and he and his promoter Dan Goosen demanded a rematch, that fell on deaf ears. Peter now is look forward to facing Oleg Maskaev later this year for the WBC belt, while James “light out” Toney must go back to the drawing board to find away back into heavyweight title contention.

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