The history of boxing is filled with fighters attempting to make those grandioso comebacks that you see in movies and television and Sept. 27 will feature several boxers looking to get that second wind, including former heavyweight champion Sam Peter.
Epic Sports and entertainment promoter Ivaylo Gotzev announced a Sept. 27 fight card that will feature Peter (34-5, 27 KOs), who returns from a 3-and-a-half year layoff against a soft prospect Rob Aubrey.
Peter won the WBC heavyweight title in 2008 before dropping it to Vitali Klitschko. He has not fought since his 2011 ninth-round knockout loss to Robert Helenius. Before that fight, he was dropped by heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the 10th round of their bout. Aubrey (12-3-1, 12 KOs) hasn’t fought since 2012 where he knocked out a 3-14 Alonzo Toney.
I expect this will be an easy win for Peter. Although he’s had a long time away from the ring, his opponent doesn’t have the experience or the caliber of fighters on his resume. While Aubrey’s got 12 knockouts o his credit, they’re against guys who have lost more fights than they’ve won.
In addition to Peter, former junior middleweight champions Ricardo Mayorga and Ramon Campas.
Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs), 40, of Nicaragua, has not fought since suffering a 12th-round knockout loss to Miguel Cotto in 2011. He held world titles not only in the junior middleweight, but also in the welterweight division.
Mayorga was supposed to face Jimmy Burchfield in February, however, Don King, Mayorga’s longtime promoter, threatened legal action, claiming he still had a contract with Mayorga, and Burchfield dropped him from the show. King had also stopped Mayorga from participating in a ,mixed martial arts fight, siting that his contract covered all combat sports.
Gotzev confirmed with ESPN.com that King’s contract with Mayorga is long expired. He won’t take Mayorga off even if King threatens legal action.
“King has all my numbers and my email. If he wants to get in touch with me about this, I am ready. But he knows there is no contract. Ricardo Mayorga is free and clear to enter this contest and any other he wants.”
Campas (102-17-3, 79 KOs) has been boxing professionally for 27 years, winning the junior middleweight world title in 1997 after stopping Raul Marquez in the eighth round. He made three successful defenses before he dropped it to Fernando Vargas via knockout in 1998.
Opponents haven’t been named for Campas or Mayorga. However, that isn’t stopping Gotzev from planning for the future. He said if they win their fights, he will put them against each other – which Campas and Mayorga have already agreed to.
I’m sure Gotzev will pick suitable opponents for both former champions to set up the match between the two. Although this fight may have mattered 10 years ago, it could still prove to be an entertaining fight. It might even be the stepping stone for one – or both – to get their careers back on track.
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