| | Peter named new heavyweight champion!
Peter new heavyweight champion!
WBC awards interim title to 'Nigerian Nightmare'
With the back injury suffered by WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev putting him out of action for at least for the next 3 or 4 months according to his lawyer, the WBC Board of Governors has voted to name Samuel Peter as the WBC heavyweight interim world champion. Peter will be presented with the WBC interim belt in the coming days. Promoter Don King is still hoping to salvage the October 6 card in New York City, but will need to find a suitable opponent for Peter and get the WBC, Madison Square Garden and the premium network to buy off on the new foe. In any event, once Maskaev comes back, the WBC will order a mandatory bout for the undisputed WBC title with a purse split of 55% for Maskaev and 45% for Peter, subject to change by the WBC. If Maskaev doesn't come back within one year, Peter will be named full champion.
Rumor has it Jameel McCline has the inside track to be Peter's opponent on October 6.
I think this is a good decision. Plus, with all of the shit Peter has been though, going all the way back to the rematch with Toney, he really deserves this.