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Showtime Final Press Conference Quotes: Peter-Sykes

01.07.05 - (Photo: Chris Farina/For SHOWTIME)Undefeated Samuel Peter (left) and once-beaten Taurus Sykes pose after Thursday's press conference at Peppermill Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nevada. Peter, the NABF/USBA champion, faces the toughest fight of his career when he faces Sykes, the NABA titleholder, in an important 12-round heavyweight fight Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

SAMUEL PETER: "This is going to be an easy fight. I am ready. I do not know if Sykes has nightmares now, but he will after Saturday night.

"It does not matter what people say because I know I am the true heavyweight champion. All I ever have been looking for is the chance to prove myself. After this fight, I am not going to see what happens; I am going to make things happen..

"I am more than just a power puncher. I have skills, but I have not fought anyone to bring them out in me. Sykes thinks I am going to run out of gas after a few rounds. Well, I do not even think about endurance. If the fight lasts longer than I think it will, he will see that I am just as strong in the mid-to-late rounds as I am in the early ones.

"I really want to thank SHOWTIME for this opportunity and for continuing to support me."


TAURUS SYKES: "I am going to send "The Nightmare" into dreamland and expose him as hype once and for all. Peter's people say they have trouble getting him opponents but I cannot wait to showcase my talents. I took this fight because I knew I could win. I am going to make believers out of all those who don't believe in me. This is my opportunity to be recognized for all the hard fight I have put in. They say I have not fought anyone, but I feel I have fought better opponents that Peter. I have never turned down a fight.

"This is going to be an exciting fight and I am really looking forward to fighting on SHOWTIME.

"I have been the underdog my whole life, but things are about to change. After Saturday, the world will know that I am for real. This is a sport for bulls. I hope Peter is ready to battle because I have never trained like I have for this fight. I feel great, physically, mentally and emotionally."


SHOWTIME will set off fireworks July Fourth weekend with a spectacular heavyweight showdown. Featuring the hottest fighter in the division, explosive Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter will attempt to 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 division, he possesses perhaps the most devastating knockout power in the heavyweight ranks today. Now, the United States Boxing Association/North American Boxing Federation (USBA/NABF) champion Peter will try to tame "The Bull" when he battles North American Boxing Association (NABA) Heavyweight Champion Taurus Sykes on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

All three titles will be on the line in the 12-round bout presented by Duva Boxing from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.

Article posted on 01.07.2005



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