By Alexey Sukachev
At the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany, the domination continues. IBF/WBO/IBO and "universally recognized" undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, with 49 KOs, after all) impressively proved his overwhelming, lethal power with a tenth-round scary stoppage of "Nigerian Nightmare" Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) in a completely one-sided contest. Klitschko has also erased any doubts (if ever) about his superiority left from their first encounter in the fall of 2005, when Wladimir survived three knockdowns en route to a hard-fought decision victory.
With that being said, this particular success, although with a fascinating end and a cherry over the cake, still didn't thrill much, as a majority, of Wladimir's recent performances. Yet it was very, extremely effective.
Peter, who was ranked #2 by the IBF and #6 by the WBO and got his lucky (?) chance after Alexander Povetkin withdrew from his fight with the younger Bro, started the fight aggressively trying to land his trademark left hook/swing on Klitschko's chin. Wladimir wisely avoided any unnecessary punishment and boxed and jogged his way out not forgetting to pepper Peter with some jabs. Still it was more of Peter in round one, mostly due to his activity.
Klitschko got bigger in the second. He just couldn't miss with his right, adding hard jabs on occasion. Peter clearly was really hard to miss even though he tried to use some bob-and-weaving - to no success of course. Ge retaliated with a nice blow to the pants though only to be warned by referee Robert Byrd. Clearly Klitschko's stanza and be far so.
Rounds three to five were mildly entertaining, if ever. The fight invreasingly turned into an ugly clinchfest, pertially due to Wladimir's safety-first strategy, partially to his physical prowess and partially due to Nigerian's inability to do something on his way in. However, Peter was ducking Klitschko's punches and didn't allow the Ukrainian to use his right hand effectively. He looked a beaten man though, eating punches in bunches, one shot after another. Both of his eyes were pretty much shut at the conclusion of the fifth.
Round six saw the champion's domination clearly seen. Klitschko started to land cleaner blows and also found a room for his left hook. He also wisely clinched his way out of trouble. Peter tried some rough tactics, including rabbit punches, hitting after the break command and so on but that didn't help him much. In round seven, he was ablt to land a crisp right hand - yet after another break command. Rounds eight and nine found the Nigerian in big trouble wilting under Klitschko power punches offering almost nothing in return.
In round ten, the fight was done. Peter, with his eyes almost shut, hardly breathing, tired his last luck by throwing a Hail Mary punch that missed by a mile to be turned back and punished. He went out of the ropes on unsteady legs and started eating hooks and uppercuts by the champion. On extremely wobbly legs he moved forward when referee entered his way, saving him from more punishment at 1:22 of the tenth, but not before being hit by a huge right upper by the champion, which put him down almost senseless.
WBC #8 and IBF #10 ranked heavyweight and former cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon Banks (25-1-1, 17 KOs) proved once again he is not a saviour of the boxing's elite division after a disastrous twelve-round unanimous decision over 39-year old pudgy Mexican national champion and former cruiserweight himself Saul Montana (51-16, 45 KOs). Banks used hit-and-move tactics in first three rounds and utilized a superior jab to avoid veteran's plodding thrusts. Montana got bigger in the fourth delivering several haymakers while Banks took this stanza off and was urged in his corner.
Montana got bigger in the fourth delivering several haymakers while Banks took this stanza off and was urged in his corner. Rounds five and six were slightly in American's favour who did less but was more precised than his fading opponent. Banks didn't express and desire to exchange with still hard-hitting Mexican but instead did his share of clinching and grappling. He was also deducted a point in the seventh. Both boxers struggled mightly to produce any kind of entertainment till the very end of the match but Banks was more successful in shaking off Montana's sparse attacks.
Both boxers did more talking than boxing to receive several sleepy boos from the crowd. Scores were 118-109, 117-110 and 116-111 - for Johnathon Banks who retained his NABF belt for the second time after another disappointing outing against Jason Gavern in May. BoxingScene saw it 115-112 - for Banks.
Ali Ahraoui (13-1-1, 9 KOs) PTS 6 Janos Varga (9-5, 8 KOs)
Domonique Dolton (8-0, 5 KOs) KO 3 Norbert Szekeres (7-4. 5 KOs)
In a non-title six-rounder, former Hungarian international, WBC #21 and WBC Youth lightweight champion Gabor Veto moved up to 19-0, with 15 KOs, after a workmanlike decision over previously undefeated German Philipp Schuster (14-1-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 59-55 (twice) and 59-56 - for still-to-be-defeated fighter from Hungary.