Samuel Peter beat Gabe Brown on the Pavlik-Espino undercard (off TV) in Youngstown this past weekend. So what's next for the former heavyweight titlist, whose career has been crawling under the guidance of Top Rank? Jim Amato wonders just that.
* * * * * * * *
Sam Peter is the former WBC heavyweight champion. He is hoping to regain a piece of the heavyweight title. He battered Gabe "Big G" Brown on the Pavlik-Espino undercard. He came in at 240 pounds. That was 23 pounds less then what he weighed when he lost to Eddie Chambers. Is Sam Peter back in the mix?
Samuel Peter turned pro in 2001 and went undefeated until a decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2005. In 2006 Peter won a close decision over James Toney. In their 2007 rematch Peter handled Toney much easier and won a unanimous decision. Then came a life and death struggle at Madison Square Garden against Jameel McCline. "Big Time" had Sam down and nearly out early but faded down the stretch and Peter rallied to win the verdict and the interim WBC belt.
In 2008, Peter halted Oleg Maskaev in six to win the WBC title outright. This led to a showdown with Vitali Klitschko. In his worst career performance Sam Peter was dominated and stopped by Vitali. Then earlier this year, weighing in at a portly 263 Peter was too slow to catch "Fast" Eddie Chambers and dropped a decision.
Peter weighed 240 pounds and looked great the other night. His opponent, Gabe Brown, is in the vicinity of 6'6" and weighed in at an astonishing 363 pounds. He has ties to Roy Jones Jr. and sported an 18-12-4 record coming in. He had been in with the likes of Bruce Seldon, Dominick Guinn, Lance Whitaker and Clifford Etienne.
So what's next for Samuel Peter?
Personally, I would LOVE to see Sam Peter fight Chris Arreola. What a war that could be. How about Peter versus David Tua? How about the winner of January's Evander Holyfield-Francois Botha fight? Oliver McCall is still looking for a big fight. I just want to see Sam Peter in shape and active. He's been a major player in the division for the last five years.