Peter vs. Toney II - Post Fight Quotes
08.01.07 - Samuel Peter: “You saw what I did tonight,” Peter said. “I taunted him [Toney]. I gave him the Muhammad Ali shuffle, with a little Floyd Mayweather, too. This was my best fight. I fight the best. The South Florida camp Don King made me do was great. He didn’t let me stay in Las Vegas. I had a great training camp. I even missed Christmas. I ran on the beach for the first time and I loved it. I had a great team..
Article posted on 08.01.2007
“I trained hard. Toney is a very slick guy. He trained hard and is crafty. I’m not the best heavyweight yet. I have to give the world champions credit, they have the belts. But I am going to be the best and take the belts from them all. I have great jab. It’s like a right hand. Toney kept saying, ‘Hit me, hit me’ and I hit him. It will be sweet to be the very first heavyweight world champion from Africa.”
Dino Duva: “We will challenge any of the champions but we will clearly challenge Maskaev first.”
James Toney: “Nobody knocks James Toney out,” Toney said. “Nobody. I came all the way from middleweight. I’m still the best fighter out there. I give him [Peter] three rounds at the most. I took his best shots. I’m still standing.
Freddie Roach: “James looked a little flat coming out in the first round. What can I say? We didn’t have it tonight.”
Travis Simms: “I’m back,” Simms shouted in the ring after the fight. ”Rivera was green but an awesome competitor. I felt the rust tonight but I paced myself. I did what I had to do. I hit him with a big left in the second [round] that felt great. It was just a matter of time after that. Look at the outcome. I was off a long time but there comes a time when a fighter must come back.”
“I was being patient towards the end. I noticed he was dropping his hands so I was looking for an opportunity. I’m not known as a power puncher. I’m a stick-and-move guy but I showed my power tonight. I’ll take Cory Spinks next, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, whatever.
“I persevered. I stayed to my game plan and now I’m the champion. I stayed in the gym, worked hard and was determined. I’m a young 35, fit healthy and strong. I knew he was tough. We have history from the amateur days. I relied on my speed but don’t doubt my power and dedication.”
Jose Antonio Rivera: “I’ll be back,” Rivera said. “I have proven that I can come back. I have no excuses. He hit me with some great hard shots. I will re-group with my team and see where I go from here. I told the ref that as long as I’m still standing, don’t stop the fight.”
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