Klitschko earns a hard fought victory
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr. (September 28, 2005)  
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It ain’t over till it’s over!

In one heck of a slugfest at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City the crowd on hand and the HBO viewers witnessed two heavy hitting heavyweights trade shots for twelve entertaining rounds. The towering Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko 45-3 (40) schooled the young buck Samuel Peter 24-1 (21) in the IBF/WBO title eliminator but faced some serious scary moments in delivering the dreaded defeat to the Nigerian.

Klitschko established his jab utilizing his four-inch reach advantage early in the fight pecking away at Samuel’s head while backing up from the bull dozing Nigerian who was throwing the normal looping shots at will. For almost a full three rounds Klitschko schooled Peter in the art of boxing beating Sam to the punch until Sam landed anything significant which came in the form of a left hook in the closing seconds but took no ill effect on Wladimir.

Klitschko continued his lesson in the fourth but tasted the canvas twice in the fifth round via Samuels’s right hands, to the back of the head with the first knock down and then a push and punch while Klitschko was on his knee for the second, but never was warned by referee Randy Neumann for doing so.

For the next four rounds it was a tactical fight in Klitschko’s favor, hitting holding and chopping away at Samuel landing jab after jab sending a serious message to the twenty-four year old heavy handed fighter, Klitschko wasn’t going to sleep! Sam’s right eye was swollen as he continued to eat endless one-twos from the much busier Klitschko. In round ten Peter had a spurt of action and landed an overhand right that sent Wladimir backwards to the ropes and then to the canvas. But in the championship rounds Klitschko ruled with an iron fist feeding Samuel a face full of gloves backing off of Samuel as the Nigerian tried to land that one fateful shot.

Well, that fateful KO shot never came and after hurting Sam with a heavy left hook in the twelfth the fight ended and went to the scorecards. Across the board the judges seen the bout in favor of “Dr. Steelhammer” by the way of 114-111, giving him the NABF heavyweight title and moving him up as the number one guy in the IBF/WBO rankings, next in line at a title shot against the winner of either the Byrd/Williamson or Brewster/Krasniqi match-ups. The former WBO champion wants a crack at Brewster of Lamon is victorious later this week.

This bout in my opinion was a great bout, Klitschko proved that he had heart and Samuel proved he has a massive chin; both should get their props for throwing down as they did. Wladimir will move on and get a shot at a strap and Sam will get back to the drawing board. It isn’t the end of Sam but it does point out his skill level. He was beat to the punch and ate much leather during the bout, proving that he is still a work in progress. You have to box, those looping wild swinging shots will get you only so far in the division, you have to learn to throw that jab or a true boxer will peck you apart as Klitschko did. The one thing that Samuel has on his side is time, at twenty-five he isn’t done; this in my opinion should have been an eye opener and a humbling experience as well for the heavyweight contender. What does the future hold for these men of the ring? Well, that remains to be seen.
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