News October 2007

07.10.07 Sam Peter floored 3 times !

Samuel Peter came from off the canvas to retain his new title as the WBC's Interim heavyweight champion against Jameel McCline.

The 'Nigerian Nightmare' hit the deck late in the second round and twice more in the third but gathered himself to claim a unanimous points verdict at Madison Square Garden.

Peter, instated the interim holder after Oleg Maskaev was forced to pull out of his defence with a back injury, was caught with a sharp uppercut at the end of the second by the bigger McCline, who is now 0-4 in title fights.

'Big time' was all over his opponent at the start of the third, staggering him with another upper cut before a combination had Peter down again.

Holding on

The champion was in big trouble and despite desperately holding on, McCline caught him with a left hook that had Peter taking another count - but he somehow survived the round.

By the fourth, Peter's head had cleared and he regained the control he had in the opening two rounds, beating the 38-year-old to the punch time and again with the sharper jab.

McCline's efforts to end the fight early soon took their toll, and the American looked a spent force late on as Peter dominated the second half of the fight.

Verdicts of 115-110, 115-111 and 113-112 suggested McCline won two rounds at the most.

Another multiple heavyweight challenger Andrew Golota proved there is still life in the 39-year-old legs when he stopped Kevin McBride in six rounds on the undercard.

And former WBO heavyweight champion Kali Meehan was also in winning form, stopping DaVarryl Williamson (24-5) at the end of the sixth with a jolting straight right that puts him back in line for a title challenge.

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