It’s ‘deja vu’ all over again

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 6, 2010

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NEW YORK (BASN) — Unified IBF/WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has not only found a replacement opponent after Alexander Povetkin pulled out, but also K2 Promotions found a television outlet that will broadcast the bout here in the U.S.

Making the ninth defense of his unified championships, Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) appearing in his 18th career world title fight, defends against Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) in a rematch of their highly dramatic and entertaining battle in September 2005.

The rematch will take place at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday, September 11. The bout will be broadcast here in the United States on multiple ESPN outlets throughout the weekend.

The W.Klitschko-Peter rematch was agreed when Povetkin, the IBF mandatory challenger withdrew from the title fight after waiting two years.

Peter, ranked No.2 in the IBF rankings, was the next highest available challenger.

“Peter is very experienced and a very good puncher,” Wladimir told the media during a recent presser in Germany. “He has improved a lot in his last fights. I will be well prepared and definitely not underestimate him. I am happy to have a true opponent now and not somebody who just fights in his own dreams.”

“Povetkin does not count anymore.”

Peter is the last fighter to have officially knocked Klitschko to the canvas – not once but three times. The “Nigerian Nightmare” also made Klitschko feel uncomfortable by pounding away at the Ukrainian’s ribcage.

Although Klitschko went down three times, Klitschko won each and every round he wasn’t dropped. Klitschko withstood Peter’s aggressive assault with a powerful left-jab and straight-right that scored often.

Klitschko nearly decked Peter with a solid shot in the 12th and final round. All three judges scored the bout 114-111 for Klitschko. Both fights have had a lot of success since they last met five years ago.

Klitschko has emerged as the universally recognized number one heavyweight in world. He has unified titles. He has fought on some of the grandest stages in all of boxing from Madison Square Garden in New York City to German soccer stadiums in front of more than 50,000 supporters.

Klitschko, most importantly, has defeated former heavyweight champions Chris Byrd, Hasim Rahman, Ruslan Chagaev, Sultan Ibragimov, and unbeaten American prospects Calvin Brock and Eddie Chambers.

Peter, without having to fight Wladimir, became WBC heavyweight champion when he stopped Oleg Maskaev inside – rounds in March 2008. However, in his first defense, Peter fought a returning Vitali Klitschko coming off a 3 ½-year absence from boxing.

Peter couldn’t surpass the lengthy left-jab, right cross of the 6-foot-7 Vitali Klitschko and lost thr WBC title by quitting on is stool after the eighth round.

Battle of the Champions: Gamboa vs. Salido unification set

On the same night Wladimir Klitschko meets Samuel Peter for the unified IBF/WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in Germany, there will be a very intriguing “champion vs. champion” bout at 126 pounds.

The celebrated and unbeaten WBA featherweight titlist, Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) puts his belt on the line against IBF champion, Orlando Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday, September 11, from the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas.

Gamboa vs. Salido: Battle of the Champions will be the featured main event of an HBO Boxing After Dark, promoted by Top Rank, Inc. The telecast, beginning at 10 PM/ET, will also feature a scheduled 12-round world lightweight title eliminator between Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) vs.

Brandon Rios (24-0, 18 KOs).

Gamboa’s credentials are rather impressive. The 28-year-old Cuban is a former four-time national champion and a former Olympic gold medalist at the 2004 Games.

Since turning professional in 2007, it took Gamboa only fights in just 24 months to become a world champion. Making his fourth defense of the WBA 126-pound title in 17 months, Gamboa will attempt to capture Salido’s belt and it won’t be easy.

It took Salido 14 years to become a world champion. Salido in his previous bout last May, captured the IBF featherweight title following a spilt decision win in a rematch against Cristobal Cruz.

Salido’s 2006 title victory against then IBF titlist Robert Guerrero was changed to a no-contest after twelve rounds when Salido tested positive for a banned substance.

Salido has fought some very good champions in the past including current unified WBA/WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who just beat Juan Diaz again last week. Salido also holds a win over former featherweight champion Cesar Soto.

Also on the card, 22 year-old Notre Dame University graduate Mike Lee will compete in a light-heavyweight bout.

Shane Mosley returns to pay-per-view

Fresh off his lopsided, unanimous points loss to unbeaten five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather in May, former WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley will headline a Golden Boy Promotions-promoted pay-per-view broadcast on Saturday, September 18, from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) will battle former WBA junior middleweight champion, Sergio Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) in the main event.

Also on the card, jr. welterweight phenomenon Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) battles Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs). Welterweight prospect Saul Alvarez (33-0-1, 25 KOs) meets former welterweight champion Carlos Baldimir (45-12-6, 14 KOs).