Peter, Toney will settle their differences tonight
There was no consensus on who won the first fight between Samuel Peter and James Toney. And, not surprisingly, the two heavyweights are disagreeing again.
“I won the first one, and I’ll teach him another lesson,” Peter said.
“They stole the first fight from me, but they won’t again,” Toney said.
Tonight, someone finally will be proved right.
Barely three months after Peter (27-1, 22 knockouts) took a 12-round split decision over Toney (69-5-3, 43 KOs) in their first fight in Los Angeles, the two meet again in a rematch ordered by a vote of the World Boxing Council board of governors.
The winner of this elimination fight gets a mandatory shot at the WBC title against champion Oleg Maskaev, who claimed that belt with a surprising knockout of Hasim Rahman in August and defended it last month with a unanimous decision over Peter Okhello.
The 26-year-old Peter is 6 feet 1 and 249 pounds; the 38-year-old Toney is 5-9, 234. Peter is the WBC’s No. 1 challenger for the heavyweight belt, one spot ahead of Toney.
Peter won by convincing 116-111 margins on two judges’ cards on Sept. 2, yet trailed, 115-112, on the third card. Many ringside observers thought he won the fight, but others disagreed and Toney immediately cried foul.