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Cunningham Still Bothered By Controversial Adamek Loss

By KEITH IDEC

NEW YORK — Tomasz Adamek’s decision to decline an IBF heavyweight elimination match against Kubrat Pulev benefitted Steve Cunningham.

If the 36-year-old Cunningham can upset unbeaten Tyson Fury on Saturday in The Theater at Madison Square Garden (NBC; 4 p.m. ET), he’ll oppose Pulev for the right to become Wladimir Klitschko’s mandatory challenger in the IBF’s rankings. Adamek inadvertently assisting Cunningham is fitting when you consider Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) seemingly out-boxed Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs) during a Dec. 22 rematch Adamek won by split decision.

“It’s a victory, but still, I’m looking at my record, man, and seeing that ‘L’ against Adamek for Dec. 22, it’s just ridiculous,” Cunningham said. “It’s heartbreaking. Fifty years from now, guys look up Steve Cunningham, they’re going to look on my record and see two losses to Adamek. It’s ridiculous. The first loss, off of three knockdowns, and I still had a split decision [loss in December 2008]. This one, no knockdowns, I out-boxed him and it’s a split decision. I don’t know what’s up, but it is what it is. I moved on and I’m here.”

As much as he wants a victory over the popular Polish contender, Cunningham doesn’t see a third fight in their future.

“I don’t care to fight Adamek again,” Cunningham said. “If he wants the fight and the fight materializes, and you guys wanted to see it, I’d do it. But he already put out a statement, saying there won’t be a Cunningham trilogy. He already put it out, because he knows. It’s one of them things. I get better as I go on. You see the first fight, you see the second fight — the third fight is going to be even worse. He knows that and he won’t do it.”

Cunningham conceded, however, that he understood why Adamek walked away from a fight against Bulgaria’s Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs), who’s ranked No. 1 by the IBF.

“I knew the money situation was miniscule,” Cunningham said, “so I couldn’t blame him for not taking that fight.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ramblingalp on 04-20-2013

[QUOTE=feroth;13270895]hahaha that was kind of an oddball comment but I like it. We should just put a ****ing asterisk next to every controversial decision on boxrec so people know to look into it at least[/QUOTE] Please don't. That would require…

Comment by MeanestNiceGuy on 04-20-2013

So this is the new thing for fighters nowadays, huh? They're either looking past their current opponent, or they're too busy reminiscing about a loss, that they forget about the current opponent. Good luck Steve, you've got Fury to worry…

Comment by feroth on 04-20-2013

[QUOTE=dogfish;13270807]maybe, in the future, a machine will redo the scoring for all the old matches and every controversial result will be marked.[/QUOTE] hahaha that was kind of an oddball comment but I like it. We should just put a ****ing…

Comment by dogfish on 04-20-2013

maybe, in the future, a machine will redo the scoring for all the old matches and every controversial result will be marked.

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