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Sam Peter Shocks Some With His Unexpected Return

By Duncan Johnstone

Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter has been handed a place in the prizefighter-style "Super 8″ boxing tournament in Auckland in June.

Dubbed the "Nigerian Nightmare", the 33-year-old joins Kali Meehan, Michael Sprott and Martin Rogan on the card for a night that mark's Sky TV's first foray into boxing promotion.

A further four boxers are yet to be named.

Peter has been in the ring with some of the biggest names in the current scene, including both the Klitchscko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir.

He beat Oleg Maskaev to win the coveted WBC title in 2008 but lost the belt on his first defence against Vitali.

He went the distance with Wladimir in 2005, losing on points despite knocking down the Ukrainian three times. In a 2010 rematch Peter was knocked out in the 10th round with three heavyweight belts beckoning.

He has lost four of his last eight fights and hasn't been in the ring for three years.

The June 4 event sees eight fighters competing in a quick-fire knock-out format over three rounds. Each fighter is guaranteed $15,000. Second round winners receive $30,000. The losing finalist earns $100,000 and the tournament winner receives $200,000. There are also knockout, best fight and fight of the night bonuses to make a total prize pool of $500,000.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SUBZER0ED on 03-20-2014

Ahh, "Clash of the has beens". This might just really suck.

Comment by gluesniffer on 03-20-2014

I wish Sam Peter the best, as I do any HW willing to earn his keep in this unforgiving and exploitative trade, but yes -- the man's real age is well over 33 and he was last witnessed plodding about…

Comment by nycsmooth on 03-20-2014

mayb vs Botha or Tonney, that's about where he is, finished...

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 03-20-2014

Super 8? That's like one of the worst motel chains ever. HA. Seriously, some B class fighters in this one. Peter should do well.

Comment by beez721 on 03-20-2014

I still think that first fight with wlad ruined peter even tho it was wlad who tasted the canvas. his chin just never seemed the same after that fight

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