A Live One For Pete’s Sake
Published March 19, 2009

Samuel Peter


Goossen Tutor Promotions is christening the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live with its first boxing event on Friday March 27 featuring two ranked heavyweights with a combined record of  63-3.

That my friends is the good news. The bad news is that Samuel Peter and Eddie Chambers are not on anyone's radar to be fighting for a title anytime soon and have both had their shots and went belly up in each of them.

It wasn't so long ago that Peter was thought of as a fat version of Mike Tyson, so much so that Don King bought into to him to the tune of 50 percent which cost him millions.

Success by the Nigerian Nightmare could have thrust DK back into the heavyweight title picture, but then last October he  got pummeled in a 9th round TKO by Vitali Klitschko.

Busted up and with minimal desire to even fight hard, Peter caught more punches with his face than a catcher from a pitcher in a baseball game.

It was the second time that he lost to a Klitschko and had he not fought either of them he would be undefeated, but he would also without a championship because they own most of them.

So, now he's back in Los Angeles. His record still impressive at 30-2 with 23 KOs, but with more doubt about his desire to be great that promise of him achieving that.

In Eddie Chambers (33-1/18 KOs), he meets a feather-hitting heavy with a solid jab, decent chin and nice work ethic.

Problem is that he too lost a shot at a title when he was dominated by Alexander Povetkin more than a year ago.

I'm not so sure that James Toney would not be a better draw than either of them. To Toney's credit, he talks a good game and even at his advanced age there are a few people who want to see him fight.

Peter's inability to get into any kind of shape has all but eliminated him from title contention and even being a marquee fighter again. He's listed at 28 years of age, but you can never tell how old those Nigerian guys are.

Even in this economy, the past two fights in the Southland have been terrific draws. Fight fans came out, got their money's worth and the game showed some resiliency.

Now we find out if there is anything left in two young pugs, shallow on talent, questionable on desire and with resumes that look more impressive than they are.


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