Samuel Peter Chops Down Seven Foot Julius Long at Mohegan Sun
By Alex Pierpaoli
originally published 5/3/06 on KOFantasyBoxing.com
If deforestation was a problem in the Connecticut woods no one bothered to tell Samuel Peter about it before he felled the tree-like 7 footer Julius Long in two minutes thirty-five seconds of round number one on Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Fighting in the Main Event of an ESPN2 card, Peter, known as The Nigerian Nightmare, displayed aggression and punching power in making very short work of Julius Long in front of a crowd of 3226.
Despite a height differential of almost a foot, Samuel Peter, 256 1/2 lbs., charged out of his corner at the opening bell winging punches at the taller and clearly intimidated Julius Long. Nicknamed The Towering Inferno, Julius Long, 251, was quickly slated for demolition after Peter hurt him with a lead right hand in the bout’s opening seconds. Shortly thereafter Long went down on his hands and knees from a grazing right hand that left very little doubt it was going to be a quick night.
Rising from the knockdown, Long retreated from Peter’s punches and controlled bursts of chopping hooks to the belly, especially when Long attempted to grab and hold Peter to stop the onslaught. After several hard lunging rights and lefts Peter landed an overhand right that sent Long back into the ropes and a second harder shot put him down and in enough trouble to force referee Arthur Mercante to call a halt to the bout at 2:35 of round one.
Peter improved to 26-1 (22) and picked up the vacant NABF Heavyweight title belt with the win. Julius Long goes home with a record of 14-8 (12).
Later, an excited Peter was quick to comment on IBF Champ Wladimir Klitschko and his recent victory over Chris Byrd. Klitschko defeated Peter back in September by unanimous decision; a loss that is still a sore spot for Samuel Peter.
“I need him [W. Klitschko] bad because he can’t take what belongs to me…I think Chris Byrd did not want to go fight…if he was really hungry like me he’d get that belt.”
If Peter and his promoter Dino Duva get their way, Klitschko will bring himself and his IBF title belt into a rematch with The Nigerian Nightmare.
Brian Minto defeated Billy Zumbrun by eight round unanimous decision in the fight that kicked off the ESPN2 telecast. With both fighters standing less than 6 feet tall and weighing less than 230 pounds, Minto and Zumbrun are smallish heavies by today’s standards. But both guys slugged like titans in a serious beef that was less about skill and more about bash. Minto was the more accurate puncher throughout and in the final seconds of round seven he had Zumbrun all but out on his feet after a big right hand staggered him. Zumbrun made it back to his corner at the bell and survived the final round despite a face that was beginning to look more and more like ground round. When the decision came judges, George DeGabriel had it 78-74, Clark Sammartino saw it 79-73 and Steve Epstein scored it 79-72, all for Brian Minto. With the victory, Minto improved to 24-1 (14) while Zumbrun dropped to 19-7-1 (11).
Undefeated heavyweight, Michael Marrone, a protege’ of the great Lou Duva, overwhelmed Dan Whetzel causing referee Ken Ezzo to step in and stop the contest the 1:00 mark of the first round. Marrone is now 14-0 (11) and Whetzel finishes with a record of 7-6-1 (4).
In the final bout of the night, middleweight Lajuan Simon and Darnell Boone fought an exciting six round draw which rounded out the ESPN2 card. The much busier Boone did little damage and rarely landed with any force against the more economical punching offense of Simon. Simon’s record now stands at 13-0-2 (8) and Boone is 10-5-2 (4).
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