Nobody can tell if Samuel Peter’s parents peered into a crystal ball before they named him Okon (nightmare). For the boxer known worldwide as the ‘Nigerian nightmare’ beat the living daylights out of Oleg Maeskaev, former World Boxing Association, WBC champion, in the wee hours of Sunday, 9 March at the Plaza de Toros, Cancun, Mexico.
Standing at 1.88metres with a record of 30 wins, 23 by TKO, and a loss, Peter effectively enforced the dread that Maeskaev and other boxers have had of him in their scheduled 12-round fight with a flurry of 13 punches that put Maeskaev’s career to sleep in round six. Peter had an opportunity to fight Maeskaev for the WBC title, after brushing aside earlier allegations by his challenger, James Toney that their match of September 2, 2006 was mishandled by match officials. However, the match between Peter and Maeskaev, September 22 could not take place because Maeskaev pulled out on account of a back injury. But the other main contenders, Vitali Klitschko and Jameel McCline also did not fight because Klitschko also suffered a back injury during training. This left the ring open for Peter and McCline, who had the controversy of the use of illegal substances in 2006 and 2006, trailing at his heels. On October 6, precisely from 10pm, at the
Said to be born on September 6, 1980, the nightmare began his boxing career as an 11-year old that had earlier preferred football. He went on to win the amateur heavyweight championship and the African Zone 3 heavyweight championship. He represented
In a post-match interview, Peter said that he was ready for the Klitschko brothers, Vladimir and Vitalo, who hold the WBO and IBF titles but have vowed not to fight each other. He said he owed his victory to Godswill Akpabio,