Advertisement
Advertisement

Adamek vs. Cunningham II Carries Title Fight Implications


By Jake Donovan

The rematch between Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham already stood out for a number of reasons. In addition to the fight being a rematch to their Dec. ’08 war, it also serves as the first live fight card to air on NBC in more than eight years, and perhaps the most significant bout to air on the network in over two decades.

Their first fight was for the lineal cruiserweight championship, in which Adamek rode three knockdowns en route to a split decision. The sequel takes place one division north at heavyweight, headlining a Saturday matinee at the Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

On its own, the choice to make this fight the first entry on free network TV as part of Main Events’ working deal with NBC Sports was already a no-brainer. Fans tuning in (or attending live) will now to get to experience a showdown in which its winner will move within one fight of a crack at the true heavyweight crown.

“The fight has taken on added significance,” pointed out Kathy Duva of Main Events while formally announcing the fight during a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Garfield, New Jersey. “The winner of this fight is going to fight Kubrat Pulev. He is the #1 contender (with the IBF).

“The winner of this fight will be the #2 contender. The winner of that fight is going to have the opportunity to fight Wladimir Klitschko (next year).”

Pulev entered the fray with a dominant knockout win over Alexander Ustinov last month in Germany, to emerge as the top contender to the younger Klitschko.

Adamek and Cunningham have both served as titlists in lower weight classes – Adamek a former ruler at light heavyweight and cruiserweight, while Cunningham enjoyed two reigns as a cruiserweight titlist. Both have aspirations of capturing the heavyweight crown before calling it a career, which made for great timing when Cunningham opted to move to heavyweight earlier this year.

“There is tremendous significance here, quite a lot on the line,” Duva acknowledges. “The fight style wise has to play out as good or as better as the last one. Interesting nuance that they’re both going to be fighting at heavyweight now, which will certainly change the dynamics of the bout.”

The IBF was involved with the first fight and has sanctioned several title bouts involving both fighters. Both of Cunningham’s reigns at cruiserweight was with the IBF title in tow, his first tour ending with the aforementioned loss to Adamek.

“We’re excited to be a part of this again,” said Daryl Peoples, IBF President. “The first time they fought in 2008, the fight ended in a split decision. It was a great fight, probably one of the best fights of the year. We’ve had the opportunity to see Steve and Tomasz develop as fighters while both were winning IBF titles and were IBF champions.

“This is going to be the perfect fight for network television, to bring network television back into big (time) boxing.”

While sanctioning bodies are generally vilified at its mere mention, the IBF has earned a reputation as the best among an otherwise bad bunch.

“It’s wonderful to work with an organization that actually follows its own rules,” Duva quipped. “That makes you very special in our heart.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 10-23-2012

cunningham is way to small & he doesn't exactly have the best beard. he is tall but at 205-210 you need to be able to take a punch or have knockout power. he has neither of these traits. i see…

Comment by ddangerous on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;12631300]I have watched their first fight several times and I don't recall Adamek ever being knocked down. So, I believe that a mistake has been made.[/QUOTE] good catch

Comment by ddangerous on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=SouthPawAngle;12631350]This fight is like 3 years too late and I still can't wait.[/QUOTE] :rofl: :biggthump:

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;12631300]I have watched their first fight several times and I don't recall Adamek ever being knocked down. So, I believe that a mistake has been made.[/QUOTE] You are correct and I have fixed the error in my report. Thanks…

Comment by SouthPawAngle on 10-23-2012

This fight is like 3 years too late and I still can't wait.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (12)
Top Headlines Pacquiao Looking Solid in Training Camp, Very Fast and Strong Kozaev, Fayfer, Papazov, Ananyan Get Wins in Krasnodar Tommy Morrison's Son Fights To Create Own Identity Mayweather Sr: I Believe My Son Will Fight Again, Break The Record Andreev, Chelokhsaev Win, Tedeev Upset in Vladikavkaz Lucas Matthysse To Return in Early 2017, Says Golden Boy Prez Photos: Perrella-Ugas, Karl-Quezada on Weight For PBC on FS1 Adam Balski Knocks Out Valery Brudov in The Fifth Chocolatito Not Pleased With Offer For Inoue, Prefers Cuadras Lewkowicz Sends Warning Message To Today's Boxers Ricardo Mayorga is Back, Plans Ring Return For December Luis Ortiz To Klitschko: I'll Replace Fury, Whoop Your Ass on 10/29 Ohara Davies is Off Burns-Relikh, Returns Saturday in Germany Hearn Keeps Everyone in Suspense on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Parker Mikey Garcia Still Waiting For a Date, Hopes For Zlaticanin Shot Video: Abregu Suffers KO Loss, Opponent Attacked Afterwards! Abregu Knocked Out By Journeyman, Post-Fight Brawl Erupts Javier Fortuna Will Go After Pedraza or Sosa vs. Smith Winner Cleverly Eager To Fight: I Want To Rip That Title Off Braehmer Pacquiao-Vargas Broadcast Team - Bradley, Smith, Kenny, More Billy Joe Saunders Return Moved To October 22 in Cardiff Juanma Vows: I'll Go For The Kill, Won't Stop Until I KO Vazquez! Golovkin-Saunders: Warren Will Try To Make The Fight Happen Ward: What Will Kovalev Do When Being the Krusher Doesn’t Work? Hopkins: Canelo-Golovkin WILL Happen, This Ain't May-Pac! Crolla: I'll Be Back Better To Beat Jorge Linares in Rematch Marlon Tapales vs. Arthur Villanueva is No Problem, Says Salud Video: Eddie Hearn on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Fury, DeGale vs. Jack Luis Concepcion-Kal Yafai Eyed For November 26 In Manchester Hearn: My Gut Says Joshua-Parker Next, Klitschko Next Year Frankie Gavin Gives High Praise To Nathan McIntosh Gonzalez: Canelo is NOT The Best - Until He Beats Golovkin! Freddie Roach, Cooper on Trump-Clinton as Championship Fight "Fighting Words” - Dead October: Hell Hath No (Tyson) Fury Malignaggi Pleads: Golovkin-Jacobs Has To Be Made Right Now! Flash Elorde's Grandsons Pick Up Decision Wins in Manila 'Don King Way' Not Moving To Street Where He Killed a Man Michael Conlan Already Eyes Future Carl Frampton Clash Joseph Parker Learning From David Tua's Mistakes as Shot Nears Mike Tyson Says His Ring Career is Unknown To Today's Youth
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement