Klitschko stops Peter in 10th round
Different Wladimir Klitschko, different Sam Peter.
Klitschko had to survive three knockdowns to outpoint Peter in 2005. On Saturday in Frankfurt, THE RING heavyweight champion was in total control from the opening bell and ultimately stopped the Nigerian at 1:22 of 10th round.
The giant Ukrainian was at his best, using his jab to keep his foe at a distance and set up his a big right that landed consistently. Meanwhile, he avoided punishment by moving his feet or holding when Peter managed to get inside.
Peter (34-4, 27 knockouts) fought with spirit early in the fight but, unable to to do any damage, he was quickly worn down physically and mentally. The Nigerian continued to try but was a beaten man my the middle of the fight.
Peter, his right eye almost closed, was barely fighting back when the end came. Klitschko, clearly going for a knockout, unloaded a barrage of punches that put Peter flat on his back and out.
Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) has now won 13 consecutive fights and run his record to 16-2 (14 KOs) in title fights.
A trimmed-down Peter bounced back from back-to-back losses to Vitali Klitschko and Eddie Chambers by winning three straight fights against journeyman.