Shoulder Injury Ends Ex-Champ Samuel Peter’s Career in Saudi Arabia

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

*Photo Credit: Dave Pinegar, Sun.co.uk 

King Abdullah Sports City, Saudi Arabia (July 13th, 2019)– In a bout marred by Peter fouling by swinging wildly, hitting behind the head and below the belt, Peter, now 38-8 with 31 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Uyo, Nigeria, gave up in the seventh round claiming a left shoulder injury. It is possible given the wild way Peter fought recklessly swinging for the rafters with no hope of a points win, at age 38, he eventually dislocated the shoulder. Hughie Fury, 23-2 with 28 knockouts, Manchester, United Kingdom, was well ahead on points, and when he was not jabbing Peter, simply held Peter whenever the contest got too wild, the right idea.In a stinky skunk foul fest of a forgettable heavyweight bout, the career of former World Boxing Council World Heavyweight champion Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter came to an abrupt end on Friday, July 12, 2019, in King Abdullah Sports City, Saudi Arabia.


After losing an eight round split decision to 15-6-1 Mexican journeyman Mario Heredia last April, ex-world champ Peter is no longer even an eight round fighter. This was a money stinker of a bout, and its memory is best left in the Saudi Arabian desert. Peter’s last win, a first-round knockout of 2-12-2 Mexican tomato can Alejandro Garduno at Cheer’s Bar in Tijuana, somehow qualified him for this bout against a top twenty heavyweight contender. Peter wisely has chosen to go back to Nigeria and call it a day.

This bizarre bout ended with Peter punching referee Ingo Barrabas in the nose, whereupon Barrabas pushed Peter backward to get him off of him. Peter then claimed the referee dislocated his shoulder when he pushed him off, quit the bout, and announced his retirement. Remember the old children’s rhyme? It goes like this ‘Baby. Baby, stick your head in gravy, wash it out with bubble gum, and send it to the navy’. If you are not going to do the work, you should not be involved in a competitive sporting event. Peter’s end to his career was a shameful way to collect a payday and then call it a day. This reporter hopes Peter never fights again, and hopes Efe Agagba or some other fighter from Nigeria will be a better credit to their nation in the future.


Hughie Fury TKO 7 Samuel Peter, Heavyweights (2:07)
Referee: Ingo Barrabas
Ex-champ Peter gave up claiming shoulder injury, and then retires from professional sport

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.