Adamek vs. Cunningham II
By Paul Strauss: When has hall of fame announcer Michael Buffer ever needed a second try to announce the winner of a fight? It just doesn’t happen. But, happen it did at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The main event of NBC’s Saturday afternoon telecast featured a rematch of Tomasz Adamek and Steve “USS” Cunningham. The result was first announced as a split decision draw. Hold the phone! Michael Buffer hadn’t relinquished the microphone yet. The iconic announcer seemed confused as he was informed there had been a mistake. A mistake? That’s putting it lightly. This was a staggering screw up.
The winner gets the IBF North American Heavyweight title belt (okay, so that isn’t a big deal). More important he goes to the front of the line for a possible title shot against Wladimir Klitschko. Needless to say, Cunningham was crushed, not once, but twice. First, he thought he had gotten screwed out of a win. Then, he gets hammered a second time when he realizes he didn’t even get a (split) draw!
Confucius said, “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” I guarantee you Cunningham is going to remember this monumental screw up. The fight was close and exciting, but most people expected Cunningham would be declared the winner, if only by a slight edge, or possibly a draw. He fought an intelligent fight, avoiding for the most part, Adamek’s heavier shots. In their first fight, four years prior, he got a little over eager, thinking he had Adamek where he wanted. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO’s) fought well enough to lose by four rounds tonight against Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KO’s) in their IBF heavyweight eliminator for the #2 spot, but instead of losing the fight, Adamek was given a HIGHLY controversial 12 round split decision at the Sands Casino Resort, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Cunningham controlled the action in every round, hitting Adamek with hard right hands, and tying him up before Adamek could land his shots. It was perfect punch and clinch from Cunningham. He did a good job of eluding Adamek’s pressure by moving around the ring to keep from getting hit.
Adamek kept trying but he looked like the extra weight that he’s packed on lately really slowed him down in big way. Adamek used to be a lot better before he bulked up with useless muscle and fat. He needs to get a clue and lose that weight, because he’s no more of a puncher now than he was when he was fighting at 214 as a heavyweight. Adamek simply didn’t carry his power up with him from the crusierweight division like Cunningham did, not that Cunningham is a big puncher at this weight either. Continue reading
BETHLEHEM, PA – Photo: Mike Gladysz – It’s almost that time of year again, time to select the “2012 Fight of the Year”. But don’t make your pick yet. There is still one major fight remaining on the calendar, and it looks like a sure bet to be in the running for this coveted annual distinction.
Today, at 4PM ET, 1PM PT, in an old-school Saturday afternoon fight card NBC will broadcast Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, 47-2, 29 KOs, and Steve “USS” Cunningham, 25-4, 12 KOs, in a rematch of the 2008 thrill-ride that swept in at the end of that year and claimed the honor as 2008’s best fight on numerous boxing lists. Continue reading
December 22nd at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania.
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. Continue reading
BETHLEHEM, PA – Photo: Rich Graessle – The participants of Saturday’s big NBC broadcast TV boxing show met for the event’s final press conference today in Bethlehem, PA. The conference was hosted by promoter Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, and included the fighters and teams involved in the heavyweight double header.
In the 12-round main event, Tomasz Adamek, 47-2, 29 KOs, faces Steve Cunningham, 25-4, 12 KOs, in a highly anticipated rematch of their classic first encounter in 2008. Adamek won that fight by close split decision. In the 8-round co-feature, Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov, 13-0, 9 KOs, takes on Tor Hamer, 19-1, 12 KOs, in a battle of rising prospects.
KATHY DUVA (CEO, Main Events):
“Welcome everyone to “Bigger, Better, Stronger” at the Sands Hotel and Casino, here in beautiful Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. And what better place to be than Bethlehem over Christmas weekend. There are two heavyweight fights on this card, and they’ll both tremendous. We’ve seen one of them before, so we know what to expect, and the other one is going to be a nice little Christmas surprise I think. Continue reading
Photo: Kubikfoto – Tomasz Adamek: “I am a different fighter than I was in 2008. I’ve changed everything. Everyone can see. I don’t stand straight in front of my opponent anymore and I move my head. I am stronger.”
Roger Bloodworth: “If Cunningham thinks that he will able to do the same things he did against Adamek four years ago, he will have very unpleasant surprise. Adamek is a very different fighter right now; maybe even a completely different fighter altogether.”
Roger Bloodworth: “Cunningham – Gavern? First fight as a heavyweight, sure motivation was there, but there will be a different motivation when Cunningham steps into the ring across from Adamek. Nothing against Jason (Gavern), he’s a tough fighter who comes to fight every time, but it was nothing personal for Steve. It will be personal against Adamek, so we expect Cunningham to do everything better this time. Much better. In 2008, Adamek, who was not a favorite, not only took his (Cunningham) IBF belt but also recognition of being undisputed cruiserweight champ. I’m sure Steve remembers the feeling.” Continue reading
The ringside section for the highly anticipated December 22nd Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham heavyweight rematch has already sold out. “Just days after the fight, scheduled to take place at the Sands Resort Bethlehem and broadcast live in the afternoon on NBC, went on sale, we have no more seats left to sell at ringside,” promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events announced today.
There are still tickets available for Adamek’s defense of his IBF North American Championship belt, priced at $50 and $75. In addition, a limited number of $130 suite tickets may become available. The bout will also be contested for the #2 position in the IBF Heavyweight ratings. The winner will be ordered fight #1 contender Kubrat Pulev for the right to become Wladimir Klitschko’s next mandatory opponent. Continue reading
(Photo Credits: Jed Warsager) GARFIELD, NJ – Wisla Club – A press conference was held today to officially announce “BIGGER, BETTER, STRONGER – Boxing is Back on Broadcast” which features the highly anticipated rematch between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, 47-2, 29 KO’s, and Steve ” USS” Cunningham, 25-4, 12 KO’s. The two former world champions shared their thoughts about this opportunity, as did Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva and Cunningham’s trainer, Brother Naazim Richardson.
Kathy Duva: “I am here to announce a tremendous fight that will take place on Dec 22nd. We have all seen this fight before and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all can’t wait to see it again. Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham have graciously consented to fight each other again in a rematch of their epic brawl that took place in December of 2008, almost 4 years to the day actually.”
“I believe more people will get to see Steve and Tomasz fight on December 22nd (on NBC) than probably have ever watched either one of them fight in the United States. I can’t even express how pleased I am that this is a fight that we’re going to be able to bring to NBC and to the fans out there.”
“The reception from the media (about this fight), from the fans, if you look on Twitter, if you look on line, if you talk to people on the street, it’s universally positive and excited. This is really what boxing is supposed to be about. And as if it couldn’t get any better, this is going to be the first fight that is going to be on NBC in the afternoon on the regular network in that 4 to 6 time slot in well over 20 years, and that’s a big thing. That again is a big barrier that we are crossing, a giant milestone in this sport. We hope this is the first of many.” Continue reading
TOTOWA, NJ – October 16, 2012 – Main Events and Ziggy Promotions officially announced today former world champions Tomasz Adamek, 47-2, 29 KO’s, and Steve Cunningham, 25-4, 12 KO’s, will meet again in a highly anticipated rematch when professional boxing returns to afternoon broadcast network television on NBC, Saturday, December 22. The fight will be held at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
Adamek spoke of meeting Cunningham again, “This is a chance for Cunningham to have a rematch with me. The first time we fought there was knockdown and it was a very exciting fight, the fans loved it. I think this is going to be a very exciting fight for our fans again.” Adamek added, “I am ready for a tough fight. I love a tough fight, because after every big fight I have more fans. I am looking forward to this fight with Cunningham. It has been my dream to be the champion of the world and this is important to me, I will be ready.”
“This is a fight my team and I have wanted since the first one,” explained Cunningham. “Adamek and I have been on two different paths, but in December our paths will collide again. I have respect for Adamek he has done great things in his career, but I’m confident I’ll get the victory. I’m looking forward to it, on December 22nd I’ll be the best Steve Cunningham anyone has seen yet!” Continue reading