PHILADELPHIA - Former two-time IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, 25-4, 12 KOs, held an open workout for the media at the Rock Ministries Gym, in the Kensington Section of Philadelphia. Cunningham was putting the finishing touches on his training preparations for an upcoming bout with rival Tomasz Adamek, 47-2, 29 KOs. The pair staged a classic clash for the cruiserweight title back in 2008, but now have invaded the heavyweight division.
The two heavyweights meet in a 12-round bout for Adamek's IBF North American Heavyweight Title, Saturday, December 22nd, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The fight will be shown live by NBC, a rarity for network TV these days. In fact, this will be the first boxing match on broadcast television in almost 20 years. The broadcast will begin at 4PM ET.
Cunningham, along with his trainer Brother Naazim Richardson, went through a light workout and then addressed the boxing press.
"Camp has been great. I feel strong. I've been working with solid heavyweights like Chazz Witherspoon. I wanted this rematch for a long time, especially right after the first fight, but it didn't happen. My career went on, his career went on, and now our paths cross again. I'm excited. I'm looking at this like it's the first time we're fighting. I'm not looking for revenge. That's not in me. I'm just looking to win this fight and win it spectacularly. I'm just ready to fight. The time for talking is done."
Cunningham and Richardson
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BROTHER NAAZIM RICHARDSON, Steve's Trainer:
"I'm feeling great. I'm feeling really confident, and very comfortable. Steve is sharp. Usually going into each fight, there's something that I'm a little uneasy with. But I really don't have that going into this fight. I think we're in a good place."
LIVVY CUNNINGHAM, Steve's Manager and Wife:
"What comes along with this fight is huge. It's like a red carpet rollout to the top of the heavyweight division. Basically it's a chance to jump to the top of the IBF rankings. We're participating in the heavyweight box-off, which puts us in the #2 spot and gives us the ability to step right into an eliminator. As a manager, I couldn't have planned it any better than that. I love the fight because it's not just a fight; it's a strategic move to fulfill a goal we have, and that's to become world heavyweight champion. "
ABOUT DECEMBER 22 FIGHT:
December 22nd at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania features Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham in the main event and Tor Hamer vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov in the co-feature. The undercard will be announced shortly. The main event and co-feature will be broadcast on NBC network TV beginning 4PM EST. The card is presented by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing, DiBella Entertainment and Pushka.
To purchase the remaining tickets while they last, contact the Sands Bethlehem Event Center box office 610-297-7414, Main Events 973-200-7050 and Peltz Boxing 215-765-0922, Ticketmaster, http://www.ticketmaster.com/Tomasz-Adamek-vs-Steve-Cunningham-tickets/artist/1794999 , and Ticketmaster Sales: during regular hours 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster Express: automated phone line for self-service ticket sales, even after hours, 866-448-7849.
For additional information on the event, seating arrangements, or ticketing, visit the event page located on the website. www.sandseventcenter.com
Kauffman Signs with GCP
Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of exciting Reading, Pennsylvania, heavyweight Travis Kauffman (23-1, 17 KOs) to a promotional agreement.
27-year-old Kauffman is currently riding high on a five-fight winning streak and picked up the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title by knocking out respected hard-punching veteran Chris Koval.
"Travis is another diamond in the rough that we have a special knack for developing," said promoter Greg Cohen. "We're looking forward to working with him and helping him attain his lifelong dream of winning the Heavyweight Title."
The former number-one ranked American amateur heavyweight, Kauffmann is trained by his father, Marshall, who rose to prominence from his work with former welterweight contender Kermit Cintron.
"Travis has the people in place and now has the representation to punch a big dent in the heavyweight division. This is notice to the big man's division that Travis Kauffman is back and he's gunning for you."
GRANADOS HAPPY FOR MARQUEZ, MORE THAN READY FOR SHOWDOWN WITH CANAS
CHICAGO, IL - Adrian “EL Tigre’ Granados is finalizing his preparations for his showdown this Friday night, DECEMBER 14 with Antonio “Aztec God Of War” Canas at Cicero Stadium but was thrilled to see his mentor Juan Manuel Marquez knockout Manny Pacquiao this past Saturday night in their fourth fight.
Presented by 8 Count Productions and Round 3 Productions, the Granados/Canas CROSSTOWN RIVALS junior welterweight clash headlines WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 23.
“I know how much it meant to Juan Manuel, he was so disappointed after each of the first three bouts. To have it end the way it did on Saturday night brought a great deal of satisfaction to him” said the 23-year-old Granados. “He’s the best Mexican fighter of his time, better than Barrera or Morales and right after Chavez Sr. all-time.”
“I trained with Juan Manuel and his brother Rafael in Mexico City for a little over a year beginning in the spring of 2008. Juan Manuel was preparing for his fight with Joel Casamayor and then later for his first bout with Juan Diaz.”
“For me it was like going off to college, the school of boxing. Working with Nacho Beristain and the brothers taught me so much about becoming a world class professional fighter and the preparation and training involved.”
A highly decorated amateur, the Cicero native first met legendary trainer Beristain at Cicero Stadium when his then charge and current world champion Abner Mares defeated Angel Priolo on April 20, 2007.
“I met Nacho and Jaime Quintana that night and they invited me to train in Mexico City with the brothers and Abner.”
About his upcoming fight against Canas, Granados couldn’t be more excited, “This is a dream come true for me to headline in Cicero. For years I’ve gone to the fights with my Dad at Cicero Stadium and Hawthorne Race Course, always wanting to fight in a main event.”
‘I’m very happy to face a young, undefeated rugged fighter headlining at Cicero Stadium, I never thought it would come to this.”
Looking ahead to 2013 Granados does see a couple of fights that he’d like to pursue, “Certainly a rematch with Frankie Gomez and also I’d like to test myself against guys like Jose Benavidez or Jessie Vargas who I fought in the amateurs. Those are the guys considered the best prospects so that’s who I want to fight in 2013.”
Granados lost a very close majority decision to Frankie Gomez in August 2011, an eight round war that was broadcast internationally on SOLO BOXEO TECATE.
Advance tickets for WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 23, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $30 may be purchased by calling 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie in Cicero, Illinois, 1.5 miles south of the Eisenhower Expressway. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7PM with the first bell at 8PM.
NEW YORK - NBC Sports Group and Main Events continue the Fight Night series on December 22 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC, and will feature Hall-of-Fame ring announcer Michael Buffer, who is famous for his "Let's get ready to rumble" phrase. In addition to serving as ring announcer for the event, Buffer will serve as the voice for NBC's promotional campaign and tune-in spots leading up to the broadcast.
After six successful Fight Night telecasts on NBC Sports Network, the event on December 22 will air on NBC and become the first boxing broadcast on the network since 2004.
"It's always great to announce a good fight, but for me, as a fan, it's even better when it's an excellent match up like we're going to see on NBC with Adamek and Cunningham, on December 22nd," said Buffer.
The main event features current IBF North American Heavyweight Champion Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (47-2, 29 KO's) of Kearny, N.J. vs. Steve "USS" Cunningham (25-4, 12 KO's) of Philadelphia, Pa., in a 12-round heavyweight fight at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa. The two heavyweights will fight for Adamek's IBF North American Heavyweight Championship belt and the vacant No. 2 IBF heavyweight position.
In the co-feature, Tor Hamer (19-1, 12 KO's) of New York, N.Y., steps in to the ring against undefeated Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (13-0, 9 KO's) of Langansk, Ukraine, in an eight-round heavyweight bout.
NBC Sports Groups' Fight Night broadcast team of Kenny Rice (play-by-play), Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach (analyst), cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores (analyst) and Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix (reporter) will call the action.
Waterford’s Rohan Date bowed out of the European U/23 Championships following a narrow loss to Oleg Nekludov of the Ukraine in Russia today.
The 2010 and 2009 AIBA World Youth and Junior champion edged the three-rounder 10-9 to deny Date a place in Friday’s quarter-finals at the Sports Palace in Kaliningrad.
It was tied at 3-3 at the end of the first and 6-6 all at the end of the second, but Nekludov snatched victory from the jaws of a countback going down the home stretch of a see-saw final frame.
“Mark boxed well today and Rohan was up against it against a double World champion, said Irish team manager and coach John Finn.
“It was very even after the first two rounds and there was nothing in it. It could have gone either way in the end.”
Earlier today, Mark O’Hara advanced to the last-eight following victory over Aleko Chadashvili of Georgia.
The Belfast lightweight was one point up after the first, held that advantage to the end of the second, and added two points to his tally in the third to seal a 12-9 decision.
O’Hara will now meet Maksim Shmiglev in the quarter-finals. The Russian emerged from a full-blooded affair with Dmitry Chernyk of the Ukraine today.
Dublin’s Declan Geraghty, the 2009 Irish Elite champion, and Donegal’s Jason Quigley, the 2009 European Youth champion, will be in action tomorrow.