By David P. Greisman
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Four years after they went to war for the cruiserweight championship, Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham met for their rematch, which is taking place in the heavyweight division at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
Adamek, the first fight’s victor, weighed in Friday afternoon at 223 pounds, which is in the same range as his recent bouts at heavyweight and seven pounds heavier than he was for his September 2011 stoppage loss to Vitali Klitschko.
Cunningham, meanwhile, came in at 203.5 pounds for what is only his second outing at heavyweight. In September, he debuted in the division with a 10-round decision over Jason Gavern. Cunningham had weighed in at 207 pounds for that bout. The 36-year-old from Philadelphia is 25-4 with 12 knockouts.
Adamek, a 36-year-old Polish boxer now fighting out of Newark, N.J., is coming off three straight victories since the Klitschko loss — a decision over Nagy Aguilera, a controversial decision over Eddie Chambers, and a technical knockout over Travis Walker. He is 47-2 with 29 knockouts.
Adamek-Cunningham isn’t the only heavyweight fight to be aired live on NBC on Saturday afternoon. Unbeaten Ukrainian Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov will be facing New York heavyweight Tor Hamer.
The 28-year-old Glazkov (13-0, 9 KOs) came in at 221.5 pounds. The 29-year-old Hamer (19-1, 12 KOs) came in at 221 pounds.
Other weights from the undercard:
David Williams, 35, of Philadelphia (6-6-1, 2 KOs), came in at 212.5 pounds for a heavyweight bout. His opponent, William Miranda, 34, of Allentown, Pa. (6-5-1, 0 KOs), came in at a visually tubby 242 pounds.
Naim Nelson, 22, of Philadelphia (8-0, 1 KO), came in at 132.5 pounds for a lightweight bout. His opponent, Osnel Charles, 28, of Atlantic City, N.J. (9-4-1, 1 KO), came in at 134 pounds.
Jerome Rodriguez, 26, of Allentown, Pa. (1-0-1, 0 KOs), came in at 139 pounds for a junior welterweight bout. His opponent, Edwardo Stith, a 29-year-old from Philadelphia making his pro debut, came in at 139 pounds.
Julio Dejesus, 37, billed as originally from Yacobua, P.R. but now fighting out of New Jersey (6-3-2, 3 KOs), came in at 144 pounds for a welterweight bout. His opponent, Korey Sloane, 27, of Philadelphia (2-5-1, 0 KOs, came in at 141.5 pounds.
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