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Peter's humble upbringing set foundation for hungry career as a fighter

Samuel Peter's road to a title shot was a long and arduous one. Now that it's here, can he wrest the title from Oleg Maskaev?

Originally Published: March 6, 2008
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

CANCUN, Mexico -- For 16 months, heavyweight Samuel Peter has waited for his title shot, and he plans to make titleholder Oleg Maskaev pay dearly.

"I've been waiting for Oleg Maskaev to get into the ring with me for a year-and-a-half," Peter said. "Not only am I going to knock him out, but I will punish him for the long wait. He is going to feel like he is getting two years' worth of physical punishment. I'm going to bring excitement back to the heavyweight championship."

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