'Nightmare' of a year about to get better for Peter
Samuel Peter has been through it all on his trek to a heavyweight title and believes his fight with Jameel McCline at Madison Square Garden will be his time to shine.
NEW YORK -- If patience is a virtue, then Samuel Peter might be the most virtuous man in boxing. That may not be saying much in the byzantine world of prize fighting, but if Peter defeats Jameel McCline Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, that victory will say all that he's ever really wanted said about him.It will say that he is, at last, the heavyweight champion of the world, or at least that portion of the world under the jurisdiction of the World Boxing Council. These days, controlling a portion of the heavyweight kingdom is about the best a man can hope for, and so Samuel Peter will, for a time at least, content himself with that if it comes to pass because perhaps no one in boxing understands better than he the vagaries of getting into such a position. Twice Peter had to win "elimination" fights designed to decide a No. 1 contender just to eliminate one guy. Once he finally accomplished that, he never got to fight the man he'd fought twice to get his hands on. If this is confusing, so are the politics of boxing.