Samuel Peter-Yanqui Diaz on Mayweather-Bruseles undercard

04.01.05 - The "Nigerian Nightmare," hard-hitting undefeated heavyweight Samuel Peter will take on Yanqui Diaz of Cuba in a featured 12-round undercard bout at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Peter vs. Diaz bout joins the "Showdown on the Bay" card in which the main event features two-time world champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Henry "El Nitro" Bruseles live on HBO..

"Fight fans always like young, powerful heavyweights who come to fight and that's what we have in Samuel Peter and Yanqui Diaz," said Arum.

Peter is coming off a devastating performance after blasting out Jeremy Williams in Las Vegas (Dec 4th).

"I'm the real man," Peter said in the ring that night.

"This is the beginning of my journey."

Peter, 24, added "I don't even watch tapes of my opponents. My trainer does that. I just go out and do my business."

"His strategy is 'Destroy' and that's what he does," said Ivaylo Gotsev, manager of Peter.

Diaz, who lives and trains in Las Vegas, has also been on a hot run - He had a spectacular stoppage of undefeated and former world cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez who is also from Cuba; stopped 7' tall Marcellus Brown in one round and won a 10-round split-decision over two-time world title challenger Vaughn Bean.

"Yanqui knows all of the tricks," said manager Wes Wolfe.

"He's right-handed but he'll switch to lefty. He boxes up and down, in and out. And, he knows how to beat Samuel Peter."

Tickets for Showdown on the Bay are priced at $350, $250, $150, $60 & $35 and can be purchased at the AmericanAirlines Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling in Dade 305 358-5885, Broward 954 523-3309, West Palm 561 966-3309 or on-line at

Article posted on 04.01.2005

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