Samuel Peter: 'I hope Wladimir is in attendance to watch Vitali get knocked out!'

New York, October 2—Immediately following the September 4th press conference in Berlin to announce his October 11th heavyweight title showdown with Vitali Klitschko, WBC Champion Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) set up training camp in Freiburg, Germany. The "Nigerian Nightmare" has enjoyed a wonderful month-long camp and is in tremendous shape as he winds down and readies to depart for Berlin..

Peter is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train in the southern German town found in the middle of the Black Forest. "I love it here in Germany. The people and the scenery have been beautiful," said Peter. "I intend on beating Vitali in his own backyard and to show that I am the true champion I decided to train in his backyard. No matter where this fight is I will not be defeated. I hope his brother Wladimir is in attendance to watch him get knocked out."

"I've been chopping down trees in the Black Forest in preparation for Vitali Klitschko," added Peter. "On October 11th, I am going to chop down a Ukrainian tree named Vitali."

"Sam knows this is the toughest fight of his career and I have never seen him more focused on a fight. He wanted to train in Klitschko's backyard to make a real statement," said Peter's promoter Dino Duva, president of Duva Boxing.

Peter is joined in Germany by his training team and excellent sparring partners.

From the office of WBC President José Sulaimán

World Boxing Council president José Sulaimán will attend the heavyweight world championship fight between champion Samuel Peter of Nigeria and former champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine on October 11 in Germany.

President Sulaiman said, “This is a very important fight and is expected to be very close and dramatic. The WBC, to ensure absolute neutrality, has appointed several WBC officers to supervise this great boxing match. The general supervisor will be Charlie Giles, the Chairman of the British Boxing Board of Control, who will assisted by Bob Logist, the president of the European Boxing Union. Special supervisors will be Houcine Houichi, the president of the African Boxing Union, and Edmund Lipinski, the president of the CIS & Slovenian Boxing Bureau ( Russia ).

“The referee will be Massimo Barroveccio of Italy , and the judges will be John Keane of Great Britain , Anek Hongtongkam of Thailand , and Ken Morita of Japan .”

The WBC has been approached by some people in the Canadian boxing community regarding the boxing authorities in that country. The WBC confirms that the only Canadian boxing authority that it recognizes is the Canadian Boxing Federation, which has been in boxing for over half a century, and is the only Canadian federation affiliated with the North American Boxing Federation. No other boxing authority in Canada is recognized by the WBC. The Canadian Boxing Federation has, and will always have, the WBC’s full support and recognition.

Article posted on 03.10.2008

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