Full Name: Samuel Peters
Date of birth: September 6, 1980
Biography: The Nigerian-born boxer is finally putting Africa on the map in a sport for which the continent has otherwise gone mostly unrecognized. Peters, aka “The Nightmare,” is the only African to be crowned a boxing heavyweight champion. He was named interim World Boxing Council Champion in 2007 after Oleg Maskev’s withdrawal. A year later, Peters won the official crown.