by Jeremy "Fasttalker" Bjornberg - 07/05/2005
Hot heavyweight prospect Samuel Peter didn't take long to catch Brooklyn bigmouth Taurus Sykes on Saturday. Sykes only previous loss was a decision to prospect Owen Beck so being KO'd in the second round was a surprise to everybody. Samuel Peter looked his normal self early on, sloppy and plodding. However in round two he caught Sykes on the ropes and unloaded all over his head, front and back to put Sykes down for the count. Sykes promised a Brooklyn style beating but he put up no fight at all.
Now Samuel Peter is calling out Vitali Klitschko but I would suggest he fights a live body first. Peter has yet to fight anyone along the lines of his skill level and it will be interesting to see how he fares against the likes of Chris Byrd, Monte Barrett or Lamon Brewster. Samuel Peter is compared to ex-Nigerian prospect Ike Ibeabuchi but Ike was a better puncher and twice the boxer Peter is. Samuel Peter is built like a fire hydrant and can punch but his boxing skills are pedestrian. I would suggest Peter fights Fres Oquendo or David Tua next.
Not much going on in boxing next week but the week after is loaded with fights. It starts July 14 when 154-pound king Kassim Ouma defends against once-beaten Roman Karmazin. The next night hot prospect from Minnesota Jason Litzau will fight in a showcase fight on ESPN2. Last but far from least, longtime middleweight great Bernard Hopkins defends his title against young gun Jermain Taylor. Doc's has been working on this fight for two months and is well prepared. Don't miss out on Doc's discovery of a fantastic play with unbelievable value. This fight very well may be Doc's best line unleashed yet. The undercard to Hopkins vs. Taylor is also loaded featuring a rematch between 122-pound champ Oscar Larios against Wayne McCullough. Another match sure to thrill is Fernando Montiel against Eric Morel. These two quintessential boxers should put on a great fight.
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