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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.

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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