By Eddie Akalonu
With immediate reactions in boxing circles unanimous that former WBC heavyweight champion, Samuel Peter should quit professional boxing in the aftermath of his failure to beat the IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Pa George Anyanwu a former soldier and also one time national coach under the Nigeria Amateur Boxing Association, NABA says “ the Nigerian Nightmare” who actually gave Nigerians nightmare for the ten rounds the fight lasted, still has a lot of steam in him which is enough to take him back to the top of heavyweight ladder.
“Samuel is not finished. He is not done with boxing yet. So, I disagree totally with calls on him to quit. He has a lot of energy that can give him back the title. Why should he quit? Should he quit and then do what after?
Let me ask those calling on him to quit a question in return! Has anyone of these people a job to offer Peter if he quits? Yes, he lost that fight but my intimate observation was that though Peter may have trained for it and truly believed that he trained but he was psychologically not himself during that fight and he was physically not fit, he was there in the ring fighting, he believed but from what I saw, that was not him though the physical body was present fighting but his soul and mind were elsewhere And we must collectively take the blame for leaving him out there alone while he flew the national flag. “ he said.
Indeed the Ukrainian, successfully defended his titles with a dominating tenth round knockout over the Nigerian on Saturday night in Frankfurt, Germany in front of 40,000 spectators.
“The problem is that we Nigerians do not value great gifts that we posses. Peter should not have been lefty alone to go there to fight, though he is a professional. What I mean is he needed help going into that fight.
He was left alone in the hands of money mongers who would use him to make all the money now. Nigerians should have rallied round him to make sure he was successful. Peter needed home guidance, at least from any of the coaches whose hands he passed through during his amateur days. So, I would repeat what I said before.
Give me Peter for one year, I will repackage, re-invigorate and recharge him with good leg work, technique that suites his game and he will be world champion again. The Klitschko camp have always cashed in on his poor leg work to win that I kept pointing out that his problem was very poor leg movement which was not part of him from time. If I fail send me to prison,” he said.
Pa Anyanwu, who is chief boxing coach in the Imo State Sports Council swore Peter could regain the title if put in the right frame of mind and shape. “Like I said, there was no reason not to have had quality and appreciable Nigeria presence during that fight before that huge crowd of boxing fans. We needed to have supported him.”
To buttress his point Pa Anyanwu stated, “When I handled Obisia. Nwakpa in his days, Obisia never lost any fight. In the case of Peter, Nigerians must agree that we want that world title back. If we do, then we must join hands to make it happen ,” he added
During the fight Vladimir kept Peter at bay in round one, landing a few good right hands. Klitschko continued to punish Peter as the rounds progressed. Peter’s right eye was badly swollen midway through the bout Full story of what followed is now history.