Boxing News: Steve Cunningham, Don Broadhurst, Ivan Popoca

Former Navy man and current IBF cruiserweight world champion, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, will be the subject of an interview, on The Philadelphia boxing Report show which is broadcast live to American servicemen around globe on A.F.B. (America’s Freedom Broadcast) Radio, this coming Sunday.

Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, who defends his crown against former WBO light heavyweight world champion, Tomasz ‘Polish Warrior’ Adamek (35-1, 24 KOs), at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday, December, 11th, 2008, started his boxing career whilst in the Navy and he firmly believes that the disciplines he learned, whilst serving as an aircraft refueler aboard the USS America and the USS Enterprise in the mid ‘90s, were the springboard to his success as a professional prize fighter and in life.

Steve, a true patriot and so proud to have served his country, said of the opportunity to broadcast to American servicemen and women around the globe "I'm really looking forward to talking with Michael from Philadelphia Boxing Report again. I have such an admiration for the young men and women serving our country. Many already know, that I started boxing in the Navy, so any opportunity to get to connect with those enlisted, I jump at the chance. I hope to visit some bases in the future, but being able to reach out via radio is a great start and truly an honor."

Steve is in good company, Past guests on the Philadelphia Boxing Report show include; Vladimir Klitschko, Burt Sugar, Al Bernstein, Larry Merchant, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones, Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Manny Stewart, Lou DiBella, Tim Witherspoon, Chazz Witherspoon, Bernard Hopkins, Bob Arum and many many more...

Mike Cassell, the host of the Philadelphia Boxing Report, spoke briefly, firstly, about the show “The show is my way of giving back after the death of my cousin during the 911attacks. I do it for the men and women who love freedom and serve our country, and for those who love boxing like I do.” and then of his upcoming special guest "IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham is arguably one of the most technically proficient fighters to come out of the fighting city of Philadelphia in 20 years.”

“Getting the least amount of attention, Cunningham has fought his way through the toughest competition in the world, and will be getting a chance to showcase his ability to boxing fans in America who are hungry for a true American champion.”

“Steve will once again be a guest on the Philadelphia Boxing Report this Sunday at 10:15AM. We will discuss his domination of the Cruiserweight Division, his military background, his faith in god and family, and his upcoming battle with a true tested warrior in Adamek."

The Philadelphia Boxing Report show airs on AFB radio - - between 10am and 2pm (EST) every Sunday

The International Boxing Federation World Cruiserweight Championship Title Fight between Champion, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham and challenger, Tomasz ‘Polish Warrior’ Adamek is co-promoted by Main Events and Don King Productions, will take place at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday December 11th 2008.

Tickets priced at $303, $153, $78, $53, $38 are on sale now and can be purchased at The Prudential Center box office or by calling TicketMaster on 201-507-8900.


Birmingham star Don Broadhurst will challenge for the first professional title of his career in his hometown on Friday 31 October.

Broadhurst, the 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion, headlines the Aston Events Centre when he challenges for the Vacant Commonwealth Super-Flyweight Championship against an opponent to be named shortly.

The change has meant that Kell Brook, who was scheduled to defend his British Welterweight title against Kevin McIntyre on this show, will now face the Scotsman at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow on Friday 14 November.

All-action Broadhurst, 25, is now unbeaten in eight fights and in his last bout in June on the Amir Khan-Michael Gomez undercard, he beat Alain Bonnel in front of 10,000 fans at the N.I.A.

He said, "It's unbelievable that I'm going to be headlining a show in my home city for the first time. I don't know who the opponent is yet and I don't care who it is, the World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko could be in the opposite corner and he would get a real good going over! I'm just over the moon that I'm going to be fighting for my first title in front of my home fans and I'm going to win it for them for all the support they have given me by coming to all my fights up and down the country. There's no way I'm going to lose."

Matthew Macklin heads up the undercard when he features in a ten-round International middleweight contest, also on the card are Salford super-featherweight Stephen Foster Jnr; undefeated Birmingham light-middleweight Thomas Costello; Dudley middleweight Darren McDermott; Leicster light-middleweight Martin Concepcion and the pro debut of Peterborough super-middleweight Tariq Quaddas.

A further two week delay to the mouthwatering Brook-McIntyre clash is sure to add further fuel to fire.

The feuding welterweights will now meet at the historic fight venue to settle their dispute.

Ricky Burns features as chief support on the card and makes the first defence of his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title that he won against Osumanu Akaba last month.

Edinburgh super-middleweight ace Kenny Anderson also continues his march towards the British title and further fights are to be added.


CHICAGO, IL (October 9, 2008) Coming off two devastating first round knockout wins, undefeated junior welterweight sensation Ivan Popoca will be featured at “ CICERO FURY”, next Friday night, October 17th at Cicero Stadium.

Popoca will face Louisville veteran Cesar Vega in a scheduled six rounder, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

Advance tickets for “ CICERO FURY”, presented along with Budweiser, TCF Bank, Jack Daniels and EL Jimador Tequila, are on sale in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie . Doors for this event will open at 7pm with the first bell scheduled for 8pm.

The 26 year old Popoca, 8-0-1 (7KO’s), a training partner of former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz, has been the talk of Chicago ’s boxing scene since making his professional debut in February 2007.

The bout against Vega will be the sixth bout for Popoca who has kept up a very busy pace in 2008.

“It’s been a busy schedule but it’s been perfect for me as my full time job. I love to train and I love to fight. I stay busy in the gym and working with Mike (trainer Mike Garcia) has allowed me to learn a great deal this year.” said the Guerrero, Mexico native.

About his last two fights resulting in first round knockouts, Popoca said, “Mike always draws up a game plan for the fight but if I get the other guy hurt, I generally go quickly for the knockout.”

In regards to his growing recognition in the Chicagoland area, Popoca commented, “It’s nice to get recognized, the fans in Chicago have been terrific. But I’m pretty grounded and I know I have a lot of work to do.”

Said Pesoli, “Ivan’s had a great year, he’s worked very hard and is a true professional to work with. Training with Mike this year has really helped him. The fight fans in Chicago have really taken to Ivan, they love his knockout power.”

Headlining “ CICERO FURY” is an outstanding Chicago light heavyweight showdown between Mike “THE HAMMER” Nevitt, 15-1 (6KO’s) and MARVELOUS Shay Mobley, 17-9-1 (17KO’s) in an eight round bout.

The co-main event at “ CICERO FURY” will also see longtime Chicagoland favorite, featherweight Jose Hernandez, 22-4 (14KO’s) battle in an eight round bout. The Round Lake Beach resident returns to the ring following his terrific war with former world title challenger Rocky Juarez on May 5, 2007 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the co-main event to the Pay Per View record setting Oscar De La Hoya/Floyd Mayweather bout.

Also appearing at “ CICERO FURY” is undefeated Chicago featherweight Juan Bailon in a four round bout. Bailon, 3-0 (1KO), is coming off a four round unanimous decision win over Gerardo Alarcon on June 20th at the Aragon Ballroom. He will face Chicago resident Barbaro Zepeda in a scheduled four round.

Rounding out the card, Chicago newcomer Ryan Smedick will return in a four round welterweight bout against Chicago area native Gustavo Palacios. Smedick, 1-0 (1KO), scored a third round knockout of Eric Bradford on August 15th at the Aragon Ballroom.

More information on this event will be announced shortly.

The public pre-fight weigh-in for “ CICERO FURY” will take place at MARISCOS EL VENENO, 6651 S. Pulaski in Chicago , at 7pm on Thursday, October 16th.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be noted boxing ring announcer Thomas Treiber.

8 Count Productions was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland. In 2003, Pesoli along with former featherweight contender Mike Garcia opened JABB Boxing Gym, a 6,000 square foot venue dedicated to the finest Chicagoland boxers of all talent levels.

To view the seating chart and poster for this event or for more information on 8 Count Productions and JABB Boxing Gym, please visit and

Article posted on 09.10.2008

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