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21 NOVEMBER 2018


SecondsOut Team Pick Klitschko vs. Peter 2

Klitschko vs. Peter
Klitschko vs. Peter

The champion won their first fight but had to get up off the canvas three times to do it and wants to prove he is better than that, while the challenger wants to avenge his defeat in a fight he should have won, but that hasn’t stopped SecondsOut’s team of fearless writers from making their confident picks for Saturday’s IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight boxing world title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Samuel Peter at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.

“I don’t expect this rematch to their 2005 encounter, when Klitschko held on for dear life to win a close unanimous decision in Atlantic City, to be as competitive this time. I remember developing a new sense of respect for Wladimir during the first Peter bout - overcoming some really rough moments and showing a lot of courage. Five years later, Peter isn’t the guy to derail the Klitschko express. Klitschko W.TKO.11.”
- Gregory Juckett, Content Editor - New York, USA

“After what happened in their first fight, anything is possible. Both have knockout power and are capable of using it. While he talks of winning by knockout, Wladimir Klitschko has responded to physical threats in the ring in the past with superior boxing skills. If the opportunity presents itself, no doubt Klitschko will attack, but he is most likely to use his height and reach advantages to win on points – that’s if he is not looking up from the canvas. The power of Peter could force the champion into a real slugfest and from that point on – anything goes in a fan friendly thriller! Klitschko W.12.”
- Paul Upham, Content Editor - Sydney, Australia

“Samuel Peter couldn’t win after decking Klitschko a few times when they fought a few years ago, and I don’t think he has improved any at this point either. The Ukrainian won the rounds thus the fight. Klitschko will not allow Peter to land those shots again and will get to him early with that long, hard jab that hides that harder right hand. Wlad in 6. Klitschko W.KO.6.”
- Jerry Glick - Contributing Editor - New York City, USA

“A lot has changed since their first meeting five years ago; Klitschko is no longer the nervy fighter with a vulnerable chin, nor Peter the dangerous contender. Wladimir wins as he pleases. Klitschko W.UD.12.”
- Mark Butcher, Founding Editor - London, UK

“Wladimir will continue with the torture his brother inflicted to the shorter Samuel Peter. The challenger’s confidence was at his peak years ago, against a Wladimir who was coming of a serious defeat not so long ago. Now the oft beaten Nigerian will match against the undisputed king of the heavyweights. There is place for an upset, because we knew what had happened to the Klitschko’s against Corey Sanders and a big hit can win Samuel the lottery. But that shouldn’t be the case. Klitschko W.TKO.8.”
- Juan Pablo Manfredi - Buenos Aires, Argentina

“To be honest, I couldn’t care less about this fight. It should be a dull, tedious clinic of boxing in favor of Klitschko and he’ll basically just jab away at the slower, much more plodding Peter from start to finish. Sure, Peter had him in deep trouble when they first squared off a few years ago, but Peter has never rebounded and became the Next Great Heavyweight many people thought he’d be after Klitschko walked away with the decision. Peter won’t be able to get inside and land his trademark illegal hammer punches to the top of Wlad’s head and he’ll lose virtually every round until Klitschko picks up the pace around round seven. From there, Peter will get battered an he’ll quit on his stool/corner will call it between rounds ten and eleven. Klitschko W.TKO.10.”
- Mike Sloan - Las Vegas, USA

“In September of 2005 Wladimir Klitschko and Samuel Peter kicked off an HBO broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Questions still surrounded Klitschko’s chin, stamina, and heart as he entered the ring against the 24-0 Peter. Wladimir picked himself off the canvas three times that evening en route to a 114-111 unanimous decision. Klitschko used a dramatic final round to rock Peter and have him out on his feet to secure the victory. The fight would soon be forgotten as Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Torres put on a fight of the year candidate in the main event. Since that evening, only Klitschko is viewed by many to be better than he was that evening. Peter’s career hit rock bottom after consecutive losses to big brother Vitali and Eddie Chambers. A new promoter, rededication, and a gift from Teddy Atlas, and Peter finds himself with a chance to take his place on the heavyweight throne. I think you will see a much better Peter than the punching bag that stood in front of Vitali, but it won’t be enough to defeat this version of Wladimir. Klitschko W.UD.12.”
- Jason Pribila - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

“The longer Wladimir Klitschko’s title reign lumbers on the more bored I become. It’s a frustrating situation because I admire the champion’s skills and personality, but his safety first style lends no excitement to any of his fights. Jab, jab, jab, right hand and then tie his man up. But it’s been effective for the hulking Ukrainian so I can’t really fault him. Yet he can be exciting if he takes even just a few risks and that’s where the frustration lies - this version of Wlad is all about staying out of range. However, I think his rematch with Peter will be a fight worth watching because Klitschko remembers just how hard this guy hits and he doesn’t want to get hit by him again, particularly late in the bout. Rather than grind out a tedious decision victory or slowly set up a late round stoppage I actually see Wladimir throwing a lot more punches early than usual, including the left hook, which he hasn’t loaded up on like he used to. It’s a punch that wobbled Peter in their first bout. No, he won’t be winging punches, he’s too smart for that but he will be explosive and it will happen early. I think Wladimir really makes a statement in this fight and overwhelms Samuel Peter. Klitschko W.TKO.4.”
- Matthew Hurley - Boston, USA

“This pick is easy for me, Wladimir Klitschko is simply the superior boxer of the two and I am pretty confident he will knock Peter out. The one thing that could mess things up for Wladimir is his tendency to go down when hit clean. Puritty, Brewster and Sanders has proved in the past that Klitschko the younger can be a vulnerable guy, but I cant imagine that happening as Wladimir squared off with Peter once before and should know him pretty well by now, he went the distance that time but he wont now – Wladimir lands a beautiful left hook followed by a right cross and flattens him – and this will, according to my gut feeling, occur in the eight round. Klitschko W.KO.8.”
- Teddy Stenmark - Sweden

“Samuel Peter had his best chance the last time out and didn’t take it. I don’t see Klitschko being as vulnerable as last time and he will wear Peter down with his long jab and finish him off with the right hand as is always the case in Klitschko fights. Klitschko W.TKO.5.”
- Lwazi Ndzobongo - South Africa

“Perhaps I’ve missed the news, but what exactly has Samuel Peter done to get this fight? He’s made some money and he’s not what he was just two years ago. Is he training? The mysterious world of boxing match-ups. Klitschko W.KO.8.”
- Harry Rosenbluth - Los Angeles, California, USA

“Samuel Peter gave Klitschko the fight of his life in their first battle, hanging on by a thread to get the decision. That was then, this is now. Peter is far from where he was back then, he hasn’t trained hard and doesn’t throw as many punches with power. Big brother Vitali dismantled Peter using his ramrod jab, Wlad will do the same followed by hard rights to the slow Peters head. Peter has that punchers chance but Wlad gets better each fight and I don’t see him getting caught this time around. Wlad puts no doubt this time halting Peter inside 10. Klitschko W.TKO.9.”
- Andy Rivera - New Mexico, USA

“I am not for sure what Samuel Peter did to earn a shot. This might go to show how bad the heavyweight division is. Either way, I think Klitschko will dominate Peter this time around and take a UD over him. Klitschko wins an easy decision. Klitschko W.12.”
- Ray Kilgore - Minneapolis, MN, USA

“Wladimir Klitschko was knocked down 3 times in the first meeting with Peter and still managed to win a clear 114-111 decision. He’s much better at this point in his career as is Sam Peter. However, I expect a more dominant performance from Klitschko this time around. Peter has a slight punchers chance, but I feel Klitschko will wear down and stop the tough Nigerian inside of 12 rounds, maybe somewhere around the 7th or 8th round. Klitschko W.TKO.7.”
- Derek Gionta - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

“This is a rematch of their 2005 bout that featured five knockdowns. But the storyline is different this time. In their first fight, Klitschko was a young fighter coming off a few jarring losses and lacked confidence. Peter’s stock was rising like the space shuttle and he was blowing people out. But he was unable to finish Wladimir in
that fight. Fast forward five years and you have a vastly improved and confident Wladimir Klitschko against a fading Samuel Peter, who gave up in his fight with Wladimir’s brother, Vitali. It’s hard to see how Peter can win this one. Klitschko W.TKO.10.”
- Tri Nguyen - Alexandria, Virginia, USA

“Samuel Peter, like many of his peers within the heavyweight division, has not been consistent or dedicated. He was the walking dead in his last opportunity against Vitali and I don’t expect much better from him now. Wladimir is far more vulnerable than his older brother but the game plan is obvious. The champion will move to his left, use the jab and set up infrequent straight right hands and three punch combinations. Peter will be shut out and stopped as the damage mounts. There are fans and reporters out there who will be impressed but I’ll remain repulsed by a division, which as time goes by, is actually becoming worse. Wladimir vs. Peter? Vitali vs. Briggs and Haye vs. Harrison is what we have coming up. One of the brothers vs. Haye is the only fight that matters and, like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, that remains elusive. Klitschko W.KO.6.”
- Tom Gray - Motherwell, Scotland, UK




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