It's not written in any record book and you won't hear anyone talk about it in mixed company, but Jeremy Williams says he's fought Samuel Peter about 20 times.
Of course, he doesn't mean he's actually been in 20 fights with Peter, but you get the idea.
If you don't believe it, just ask Williams. Sit him down some place where it's quiet, look him in the eye and say, “Jeremy, what do you know about this Samuel Peter guy? What do you expect from him when the two of you fight next month? You expect a tough fight or a short night? Are you worried about his power, that he'll hit a home run? Or do you think he'll fade like a sunset in the later rounds? What do you really know about him?”
And then Williams (41-4-1, 36 K0s), who was born in Iowa and now fights out of Long Beach, CA, will fill you in on a few of the missing details about Peter (20-0, 17 K0s).
He'll tell you about the important stuff he'll carry into the ring with him on the night of Dec. 4 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas when the two fight for the NABF heavyweight title. He'll tell you about things like great conditioning, experience, ring smarts, and the comfort of knowing Peter won't spring any surprises.
“I've fought Samuel Peter 20 times,” Williams claimed on a recent conference call, suggesting that Peter doesn't bring a lot of originality with him into the ring. “Whatever he does, I've seen before. I've been in the ring with 20 guys like him, but he can't find one guy who fights like me.”
So much for the pleasantries.
Their fight on SHOWTIME will be headlined by a title fight between former super-featherweight champion Joel Casamayor and WBC lightweight champ Jose Luis Castillo.
The third big fight of the night will be a super-middleweight title fight between IBF champ Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy and contender Omar Sheika.
But it was the heavyweights who were taking the early shots at each other on the conference call, which included Lacy, Sheika and an assortment of trainers.
“Although Samuel Peter might be very good, and he might go on to have a huge career, it's not going to start with a victory over me,” Williams said as Peter attempted to cut in and defend himself. “Samuel Peter is good, but I think (Attila) Levine would beat him.”
That would be Atilla “The Hun” Levine. Maybe you remember him. Williams beat him in April, stopping him in eight. Now he says Attila is a better fighter then Peter.
“Is Peter good? Yeah,” Williams said. “Can he beat me? No.”
Peter, who comes from Nigeria, knows his English well enough to drive his point home.
He wasn't thrilled with the lack of respect he was being showed.
“I promise you I'm going to eat you alive,” he said to Williams.
Settle down, fellas. You've still got a few days.
If there is a flaw in William's fight plan, it might be his contempt for Peter's punching power. You don't knock out 17 guys in 20 tries without having at least a little pop, even if you're knocking out club fighters.
“I'm not concerned with his power,” said Williams, who might want to reconsider his stance since he was stopped by both Brian Nielsen and Henry Akinwande earlier in his career. “We're heavyweights and we all fight with power. You're going to have to think your way through this fight.”
Williams finished by philosophizing that at the end of the day, two guys will have fought and one guy will have won.
“I will show the world, and particularly Peter, what real, big-time heavyweight boxing is all about,” Williams said.
It's been so long, will we recognize it when we see it?