Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 47 KO’s) will once again step into the ring to defend his Heavyweight Championship titles against Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KO’s), and this time he says he’s going to finish the job he started in their first fight.
The two will meet in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday, and the IBF, IBO, and WBO titles will be up for grabs. This fight came about after Klitschko failed to negotiate bouts with first David Haye and then Alexander Povetkin earlier in the year. Peter became the replacement for the September title defense fight card.
Klitschko has been tearing through every opponent that has been put in front of him since 2004. Even more importantly, he fights his best when in Germany where the local fans have, over the years, adopted him as their champion. He will be coming off his ninth consecutive title defense; a 12th-round KO victory over Eddie Chambers last March. The champion has improved quite a bit since he last faced Peter, and he should be able to stop the heavy-hitting Nigerian inside of 9.5 rounds.
Klitschko will be a -175 favorite to retain his titles, and the Under 9.5 Rounds bet pays -105 at . "Peter is very fast, powerful and a great puncher. I love to be challenged and I am very much motivated for this fight. Each round, I will try to knock Peter out." Peter will be coming off a second round KO win over Nagy Aguilera last March. He has strung together four straight wins since ballooning up to over 260lbs in 2008 and most of 2009, and he should walk into the ring against Klitschko somewhere around 240lbs.
It’s no secret that Peter wants to avenge his loss to Klitschko in their first encounter; a fight in which Peter had Klitschko down on the canvas twice in the fifth and once in the tenth. Peter will have a puncher’s chance and will pay +145 for the upset. If they go beyond 9.5 rounds the Over will pay -145 at .