Heavyweight Tony Grano (20-3-1, 16 KO’s) has reportedly suffered an injury and won’t be able to face former two division world champion Tomas Adamek (48-2, 29 KO’s) on August 3rd at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA. Both Dan Rafael and Chris Mannix are reporting the injury of Grano. 38-year-old Dominick Guinn (34-9-1, 23 KO’s) has quickly been found and will be replacing Grano. Continue reading
UNCASVILLE, CT – Heavyweight Tony Grano, 20-3-1, 16 KOs, has been trying to punch his way through the heavyweight division since 2005, but the boxer has yet to secure the signature win needed to truly make his mark. Grano has battled and beaten a number of solid heavyweights and took home a few minor belts, but nothing that Grano has accomplished thus far has led to the breakthrough he so desires.
Grano could take a big step toward his goal on August 3rd when he encounters the biggest challenge of his career, former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs. The 10-round fight is part of the triple header to be nationally televised by NBC Sports Network as part of their Fight Night boxing series. 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
Photos: phillyboxinghistory.com – PHILADELPHIA – Former two-time International Boxing Federation (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. Continue reading