Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Steve Cunningham Plans For Career Best Performance

By Keith Idec

You name it, Steve Cunningham has heard the criticism approaching his rematch against Tomasz Adamek.

He wasn’t a big puncher at cruiserweight, so he’s not fit for fighting at heavyweight. His chin, which wasn’t exactly Vitali Klitschko-like below 200 pounds, won’t withstand heavyweight power. Adamek is too experienced at heavyweight for Cunningham to face him in just Cunningham’s second fight at that weight.

Cunningham dismisses all of it, despite that the 36-year-old Philadelphia native is nearly a 3-1 underdog entering their 12-round, nationally televised, heavyweight rematch Saturday at Sands Casino Resort’s Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa. (NBC; 4 p.m. ET).

“A fight is a fight,” said Cunningham, who lost a split decision and the IBF cruiserweight championship in his first fight against Adamek four years ago in Newark, N.J. “Listen, I came up, before boxing, street fighting. It wasn’t no weight classes, it wasn’t no gloves. It was sometimes weapons — I got stabbed before. People say I’ve got this crazy, great heart. That’s where it came from, Philadelphia, fighting in schools, fighting in the streets. Then I went into a gym. So all the heart I got from that prepared me for this.

“I say God has a plan, so I guess that was part of his plan. I have no fear of any man on this planet. [Adamek] has done great things as a heavyweight. I think he did a great job in his career, but he’s fighting Steve Cunningham again. I don’t want to make it as close as it was the last time, so we’re willing to put on a great performance, probably the best performance you’ve ever seen out of me.”

Before Adamek (49-2, 27 KOs), of Kearny, N.J., and Cunningham (25-4, 12 KOs) square off again, NBC will broadcast an eight-round heavyweight bout between Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Glazkov (13-0, 9 KOs) and New York’s Tor Hamer (19-1, 12 KOs). The Glazkov-Hamer match will be the first bout broadcast by NBC since May 2004.

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) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Luther Clay Looking to Step Up in Competition in 2019 Vincent Feigenbutz Out of WBO Eliminator For Andrade Shot? De La Hoya: I Strongly Believe Canelo Will KO Golovkin in Trilogy Video: Hearn Talks Canelo-Jacobs, Joshua, Wilder, Fury, More Video: Canelo Alvarez Sits Down To Discuss Rocky Fielding Clash Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Flores Ready For Battle Charlo, Harrison Support Communities Before Title Clash De La Hoya To White: Let's Get in The Ring on Cinco De Mayo! De La Hoya Concerned With Size Difference in Canelo-Fielding Joshua Throws Water at Tyson Fury's Lineal Champion Claim Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Ready For War in Texas Canelo & Fielding Believe They'll Be 5 Or 6 Pounds Apart Canelo Tells Golovkin To Be a Man: Accept That Loss! Joshua: Wilder is More Interested in Fury - He Has NO Titles! Dana White: De La Hoya is a Liar, No Facts - I Want Drug Tests! Photos: Canelo, Fielding - Go Face To Face at Final Presser News: Ray Ximenez, Aslambek Idigov, Ruben Villa, More Photos: Pacquiao Sparring Hard For Adrien Broner Showdown Ramirez: I Dominated Hart In Last Fight; Rematch No Different Monroe: Charlo is a Challenge That I Know I Can Conquer! Nathan Gorman-Razvan Cojanu Set After Dubois Withdrawal Trainer: Harrison Can Stop Charlo if He Lands Like Jackson Did Badou Jack is Open To Oleksandr Gvozdyk Showdown Lomachenko: Maybe We Can Make Mikey Garcia Fight Next Year Frampton: Warrington Fight Will Excite, Won't Be Like Quigg Bout Donnie Nietes' Coach Expects Very Tough Fight With Kazuto Ioka Charlo: I'll Chase Canelo To 168 - I'm Bigger, Better Than Him! Showtime's Farhood: Fury Deserved The Decision Over Wilder Tureano Johnson Focused To Expose David Lemieux's Flaws Frank Warren: Daniel Dubois Has Ideal Test With Razvan Cojanu Canelo on DAZN: The Investment Begins Canelo: No Talks For Golovkin Trilogy, It's Just a Rumor Fielding Plans To Impose His Size, Weight on Canelo Hearn: Jarrett Hurd vs. Kell Brook is Possible if Amir Khan Passes Sadam Ali Eyes Redemption After Cotto Victory, Munguia KO Loss Canelo: Mayweather Should Raise Boxing's Credibility - Face Me! Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Face To Face For Rematch Devin Haney vs. Xolisani Ndongeni - Tops ShoBox Tripleheader Photos: Tevin Farmer Putting in Work as Title Defense Nears Photos: Katie Taylor Showing Off Moves For Eva Wahlstrom
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement