Peter vs. Toney II - Post Fight Quotes

08.01.07 - Samuel Peter: You saw what I did tonight, Peter said. I taunted him [Toney]. I gave him the Muhammad Ali shuffle, with a little Floyd Mayweather, too. This was my best fight. I fight the best. The South Florida camp Don King made me do was great. He didnt let me stay in Las Vegas. I had a great training camp. I even missed Christmas. I ran on the beach for the first time and I loved it. I had a great team..

I trained hard. Toney is a very slick guy. He trained hard and is crafty. Im not the best heavyweight yet. I have to give the world champions credit, they have the belts. But I am going to be the best and take the belts from them all. I have great jab. Its like a right hand. Toney kept saying, Hit me, hit me and I hit him. It will be sweet to be the very first heavyweight world champion from Africa.

Dino Duva: We will challenge any of the champions but we will clearly challenge Maskaev first.

James Toney: Nobody knocks James Toney out, Toney said. Nobody. I came all the way from middleweight. Im still the best fighter out there. I give him [Peter] three rounds at the most. I took his best shots. Im still standing.

Freddie Roach: James looked a little flat coming out in the first round. What can I say? We didnt have it tonight.

Travis Simms: Im back, Simms shouted in the ring after the fight. Rivera was green but an awesome competitor. I felt the rust tonight but I paced myself. I did what I had to do. I hit him with a big left in the second [round] that felt great. It was just a matter of time after that. Look at the outcome. I was off a long time but there comes a time when a fighter must come back.

I was being patient towards the end. I noticed he was dropping his hands so I was looking for an opportunity. Im not known as a power puncher. Im a stick-and-move guy but I showed my power tonight. Ill take Cory Spinks next, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, whatever.

I persevered. I stayed to my game plan and now Im the champion. I stayed in the gym, worked hard and was determined. Im a young 35, fit healthy and strong. I knew he was tough. We have history from the amateur days. I relied on my speed but dont doubt my power and dedication.

Jose Antonio Rivera: Ill be back, Rivera said. I have proven that I can come back. I have no excuses. He hit me with some great hard shots. I will re-group with my team and see where I go from here. I told the ref that as long as Im still standing, dont stop the fight.

Article posted on 08.01.2007

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