Showtime Championship Boxing

Peter vs. Sykes


July 2, 2005

Reno Events Center

 Reno, Nevada

 9 PM ET/PT*



USBA\NABF Heavyweight Title Bout (12 Rds)

Champ Samuel Peter (23-0, 20 KOs) vs. Taurus Sykes  (23-1-1, 6 KOs)






Showtime Championship Boxing To Present

The Future of the Heavyweight Division

NEW YORK  - SHOWTIME will set off fireworks July Fourth weekend with a spectacular heavyweight

showdown. Featuring the hottest fighter in the division, Samuel "the Nigerian Nightmare" Peter will

continue his ascension toward the top of the heavyweight ranks when he returns to the network on Saturday,

July 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (tape delayed on the west coast).


Touted by many as the future of the heavyweight division, he possesses perhaps the most devastating

knockout power in the heavyweight ranks today. Now, Peter will attempt to tame "The Bull" when he battles

North American Boxing Association (NABA) Heavyweight Champion Taurus Sykes on SHOWTIME

CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Duva Boxing will present the 12 round heavyweight bout from the Reno Events

Center in Reno, Nevada.

In his final 2004 appearance, Peter (23-0, 20 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nevada, by way of Akwaibom, Nigeria,

thrilled a national television audience by recording his biggest victory with a sensational second-round

knockout over Jeremy Williams Dec. 4 on SHOWTIME. The current World Boxing Council (WBC) and

World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 6/International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 9 heavyweight contender

connected with a devastating left hook to Williams' chin to end the contest 27 seconds into the second.


Sykes and the Peter camp recently have engaged in a war of words, adding to the already high anticipation

of this match up.


"This is my year, the year of "The Bull," and I am not only going to defend my title, but I am going to march

up the ranks of the heavyweight division and bring the world championship back to Brooklyn," Sykes said.

"Samuel Peter has been running from me. After we both beat Jovo Pudar, Peter was scared to fight me

because he knew I would have jabbed him all the way back to Africa.


"Peter is cut from the cloth of cowards, and under his trunks, he wears panties. When he sees the menace

from Brooklyn, he will shiver in fear."


Promoter Dino Duva remains puzzled by the verbal attacks against his fighter.


"I am not sure what is behind this new-found courage from Sykes," Duva said. "Last year, we offered him a

fight and he ran for the hills and could not be found for a while. When Peter hears how badly Sykes has

disrespected him, I am almost afraid of what will happen in the ring on July 2."


Peter captured the vacant USBA heavyweight title by scoring a fifth-round TKO over Yamplier Azcuy on

Jan. 22, 2005, in Miami. Despite getting penalized two points in the second round for intentionally hitting

Diaz when he was down, Peter floored his opponent five times en route to the impressive victory. Referee

Brian Garry stopped matters at 0:54 of the fifth round.


"The Nigerian Nightmare" made his SHOWTIME debut as the main event on "ShoBox: The New Generation,"

Aug. 5, 2004, from Hollywood, Fla. In front of a sold-out crowd, Peter put on a boxing clinic and bloodied

Pudar's nose en route to registering a 10-round unanimous decision.


Peter made his pro debut at age 20 on Feb. 6, 2001, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and scored a first-round

knockout over Gueorgui Christov. During his initial year punching for pay, Peter went 7-0 with seven

knockouts, including six KOs within the opening stanza. In his last outing on April 29, 2005, the undefeated

heavyweight tallied his third consecutive knockout by sending Gilbert Martinez to the locker room early

with a third-round KO in Las Vegas.


Married with one child, Peter, a devout Christian, is a well-respected role model to the Nigerian community in

his adopted home of Las Vegas. He lives a clean life, does not smoke or drink and refuses to talk trash or

generate controversy.


"I do my talking in the ring," Peter said.


Sykes (23-1-1, six KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., captured the vacant NABA heavyweight title in his last outing

with a 12-round unanimous decision over Friday Ahunanya on March 11, 2005, from Hobbs, N.M. Sykes

utilized his jab effectively and added simple one-two's to control the pace. The judges scored the bout 118-

110, 116-114 and 115-113.


The pride of Brooklyn opened 2004 on Feb. 21 by registering a 10-round unanimous decision over Pudar in

Reno, Nev. Sykes was impressive, picked his spots and made the fight exciting. The three judges scored it

98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.


In his next outing, Sykes stopped Onebo Maxime in the second round on Dec. 10, 2004, from

Albuquerque, N.M. Sykes floored his opponent three times en route to the stoppage.


"I waited too much," Sykes said. "I won this fight with my jab and I hurt him a couple of times. But I could

have done better. I thought it was a fair performance."


SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING's Steve Albert and Al Bernstein will call the action from ringside

with Jim Gray serving as roving reporter. The executive producer of the SHOWTIME telecast will be Jay

Larkin, with David Dinkins Jr. producing and Bob Dunphy directing.


For information on upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and “ShoBox: The New Generation”

telecasts, including complete fighter bios and records, related stories and more, please go the SHOWTIME

website at 

* Taped Delayed on the West Coast



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