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Latest update : 2008-03-09

It took just six rounds for Samuel Peter to become the first Nigerian to win the WBC heavyweight belt, beating Russian Oleg Maskaev by technical knock-out on Saturday.

Nigeria's Samuel Peter registered a sixth-round technical knockout of Oleg Maskaev to capture the World Boxing Council heavyweight title on Saturday.

Peter stopped Maskaev at two minutes, 56 seconds of the sixth round to become the first Nigerian boxer to win a heavyweight championship belt.

Peter outboxed the Russian throughout, connecting on 44 percent of his punches to Maskaev's 35 percent at the Plaza de Toros arena.

This was the first major heavyweight title fight to take place in Mexico.

Peter (30-1) has suffered just one career loss to Wladimir Klitschko.

Peter now has to fight recently unretired Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir's older brother, before a potential meeting with the younger Klitschko.

On the undercard lightweight Nate Campbell, of the United States, dethroned previously unbeaten Mexican Juan Diaz (33-1) who held the IBF-WBA-WBO titles.

Campbell (32-5-1) cut Diaz over the left eye with a punch in round six, however Campbell was deducted a point in that round by referee Jesus Salcedo Lopez for a butt to the head.

The judges' scores were 115-112, 116-111 for Campbell and 114-113 for Diaz.

Date created : 2008-03-09

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