Adamek-Cunningham II Scoring Controversy Clarified

By Keith Idec

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — If you were confused on multiple levels after Michael Buffer read the scores from the Tomasz Adamek-Steve Cunningham rematch Saturday, that wasn’t at all your fault.

After Buffer informed millions of viewers watching on NBC and the roughly 2,000 people who witnessed the fight live that judge Dave Greer (116-112) scored it for Adamek and Tom Miller (115-113) had it for Cunningham, he initially announced Debra Barnes scored the fight 115-115, which would’ve rendered their rematch a draw.

The reason Buffer read the wrong score at first was because 115 was erroneously written in Barnes’ column Cunningham’s total points on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission’s official boxing ballot that was handed to Buffer. Greg Sirb, executive director for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, then misinformed Buffer again, telling him that Barnes’ score was 115-112 for Adamek. That was the score Buffer read the second time, when he clarified the fight wasn’t a draw and that Adamek had won by split decision, just before NBC went off the air.

Barnes actually scored the fight 115-113 for Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs), which still left him a split-decision winner over Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) in their 12-round heavyweight fight at Sands Casino Resort’s Events Center.

Barnes credited Adamek with winning seven of the 12 rounds — the second, third, fifth, sixth, ninth, 10th and 11th rounds.

Greer gave Adamek eight rounds — the first, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th rounds. Miller credited Adamek with winning five rounds — the third, fifth, sixth, 11th and 12th rounds.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 12-23-2012

The judge was on the take.

Comment by Rip Chudd on 12-23-2012

[QUOTE=daggum;12847878]you don't need experience to remember "make sure adamek wins"[/QUOTE] :lol1::lol1::lol1:

Comment by daggum on 12-23-2012

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;12847826]surprised they assigned some1 like Barnes w/virtually no big fight experience except a few minor bouts the past few years...I had Steve winning 115-113...[/QUOTE] you don't need experience to remember "make sure adamek wins"

Comment by Body Movin' on 12-23-2012

this lousy judge, in the quiet words of larry merchant, ought to be pistol whipped.

Comment by deejd on 12-23-2012

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;12847826]surprised they assigned some1 like Barnes w/virtually no big fight experience except a few minor bouts the past few years...I had Steve winning 115-113...[/QUOTE] I questioned that move as well considering she's only judge in NJ and only a few…

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