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Maskaev pulls out of title defense

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  • Oleg Maskaev forced to cancel WBC heavyweight clash with Samuel Peter
  • The Russian title holder injured his back during a training session this week
  • The contest was due to be staged at Madison Square Garden on October 6
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NEW YORK -- WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev has been forced to call off his title defense against Nigerian Samuel Peter after injuring his back during training.

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Maskaev (left) and Peter seen here promoting their now-postponed fight.

The October 6 showdown at New York's Madison Square Garden has been postponed after the Russian suffered the injury during a running session on Thursday.

"To fight in two weeks is impossible," said Maskaev's promoter Dennis Rappaport.

Maskaev, who has a record of 34-5 with 26 knockouts, tried to fight former champion Vitali Klitschko before being forced to face Peter by the World Boxing Council.

Peter, 28-1 with 22 knockouts, defeated veteran American James Toney in January to claim a mandatory title bout against Maskaev.

"We're very shocked and diappointed," said Dino Duva, Peter's promoter. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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