By Mike Coppinger
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- HBO's unofficial scorer Harold Lederman was at the Sands on Saturday for the Tomasz Adamek-Steve Cunningham rematch on NBC. The fight was originally announced as a split draw before Michael Buffer corrected it to a split decision verdict in favor of Adamek. The boxing world has been up in arms over the decision, calling it a robbery, with most pundits and fans believing Cunningham deserved the nod. BoxingScene.com caught up with Lederman, who scored the fight 115-113 for Adamek from his seat.
"From my vantage point in the back, I scored it 115-113 for Adamek," said Lederman. "I thought that Steve Cunningham had nobody to blame but himself. He would throw one right hand and start running again. He never put two right hands together the entire fight, he just wouldn't sustain an attack. He was circling and circling and circling. He landed an occasional really good right hand -- a real scoring punch -- and then was on his horse again. I just don't think you can win that way. When you stop and you fire a hard right hand, jump on a guy, try to hurt him, try to get him out of there. He didn't do it.
"On the other hand, Adamek was walking him down, was trying to cut the ring off and catch him with good right hands and tried to sustain an attack -- throw more than one punch. I just think that's what you have to do to win a fight like that. For Cunningham, if you're going to move and box, then move and box, but if you land a real good shot for Christ's sake, then take advantage of it. Come back with a left hook, come back with two right hands. Just throw more than one shot. Steve Cunningham didn't do that."
Lederman did believe the fight was razor thin.
"It was close enough to be controversial. I think it probably made great television, it was a very exciting fight," said Lederman. "Cunningham gave away rounds in a fight that was a close fight. He needed to do something aggressive, not just throw one punch and get on his horse. I think that's what hurt him."