peter sniper smith
Peter Smith is an ex-heavyweight with film star looks who burst on the current fight scene when, more or less out of the blue, he emerged from a recent Golden Gloves bill at Emperor’s Palace with a hat-trick of three sensational winners. Chris van Heerden hammered out a grueling, but unanimous, points victory over Bongani Mwelase in an IBO elimination contest, while Tshepang Mohale stunned the boxing world by scoring a pulverizing second round TKO win over Johnny Muller to capture the South African light heavyweight title. A third winner from the Smith camp was Thabiso Mchunu who pounded out an eight-round points win over Danie Venter.
This was not Peter’s first entry into boxing as a trainer as he had previously had a brief and unsuccessful involvement with Ruben Groenewald who was stopped by the former South African heavyweight champion, Daniel Bruwer on a Carnival City show. “I had to walk away from Ruben as he was not in the right shape for boxing and, besides, he is an asthmatic,” says Peter.
Smith has a boxing lineage in his family as his dad, Kosie, was once the fear of all light heavyweights. Kosie was a wicked puncher who once came within a whisker of winning a world title when he had the then champion, Victor Galindez, all at sea in
the fourth round after catching the champion with a barrage of punches. Galindez, however, was cagey and tough and managed to slip out of the net to retain his title on points after a thrilling fight.
Peter himself has been through the tough milieu of the boxing ring and, in the latter part of his career, spent from 1998 to 2002 in the US where he fought out of both Las Vegas and California, ending his career in June 2002 with a points win over James Lester. It was a fascinating period of his life. “I went to California after losing to John McCain at the Carousel on a TKO when I challenged for the
WBU super cruiserweight title. I signed up with Don King and lived in Venice Beach near Los Angeles. I was single at the time but was going through a tough time in the US. I worked in the movie industry and played a character part in two movies – as a fighter in ‘Dare Devil’ and as a Mexican cage fighter in ‘Red Belt’. I trained under Oscar de la Hoya and also doubled as his bodyguard – and was also
contracted to do modeling gigs. I returned to RSA at the end of 2003.”