By Ryan Songalia
WBC heavyweight titlist Samuel Peter says that he is not certain when he will make his first title defense. What he is certain of is that it will not involve Shannon Briggs.
"If he was the number one contender to fight me, I'd fight him," Peter, 30-1 (23 KO), told BoxingScene.com. "[Briggs] has to wait his turn. I fight good fighters. I don't fight class "F" fighters. I'm willing to fight anybody in the top ten. I'm not a guy who is ducking people."
In a recent interview with this site, Briggs called out Sam Peter, referring to the Nigerian-born 2000 Olympian as "Sam Cheater" and "Sam Pedialite". Briggs also said he would be willing to fight Peter in his home country.
Peter denied having any knowledge of a recent story that ran on FightNews in which Yoel Judah, who trains Briggs, claimed members of Peter's entourage "taunted" Judah and made disparaging remarks about Briggs.
"I don't know what they're talking about. I don't talk to people like that. I always be in my own way, doing my own thing."
Peter, who won his portion of the title with a sixth round TKO of Oleg Maskaev this past March, says he would like to make his first title defense "as soon as possible."
"I want to fight the best fighters, like the Klitschko fighters. Those are the warriors. I don't fight crap fighters. If [WBA heavyweight titlist Ruslan] Chagaev or Klitschko is ready, those are the good fighters. We can do this right now. I want to unify the IBF/WBA belts."
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