As expected, Samuel Peter
evenutally caught up with Wladimir Klitschko
and put the former "future of the heavyweight division" on the canvas three times. What was unexpected was that Klitschko was able to survive those knockdowns and basically dominate
all ten rounds in which he wasn't knocked down. While critics will find fault with Klitschko's jab-and-grab strategy and compare it to the stylistic nightmare that is John Ruiz
, the reality is that Klitschko fought precisely the fight he needed to fight in order to emerge victorious. Peter proved that he has a world class chin but also showed that he's still a work-in-progress -- needing to improve his work rate, throw straighter punches and learn to fight inside when his opponent is trying to tie him up. Klitschko's chin and stamina remain a big concern but the win likely earns him a title shot against either Chris Byrd
or Lamon Brewster
. Peter's stock doesn't really fall much with the loss but he'll have to wait a bit longer for a shot at a title and a big payday.
In the co-feature, Miguel Cotto
had his hands full with late substitute Ricardo Torres and - like Klitschko - had to climb off the canvas to win. Cotto was knocked down in the second round and rocked numerous other times
but still inflicted enough punishment of his own to knock Torres down four times on his way to a seventh round KO.