When Jersey City’s Polish ex-pat Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek defends his IBF Cruiserweight title, on the 27th February 2009, against Detroit’s Johnathon Banks at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; he will have an unexpected supporter cheering him on ringside, former Cruiserweight King Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham..
On the 11th December ’08 former Light Heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek secured the IBF and Ring Magazine Cruiserweight World titles in a close split-decision win over the then champion, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham. In the end it was so close no matter which way the decision went there couldn’t and wouldn’t be any complaint. The fight had it all, nonstop action, drama and three knockdowns, and as such was hailed by many in the media as “Fight of the Year” candidate and the greatest Cruiserweight fight of all time, no mean feat when the previous holder of this accolade was the awesome 1986 war between the legendary Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield and Dwight Muhammad ‘Camden Buzzsaw’ Qawi.
‘USS’ Cunningham, who later this year is to face former WBC title holder, Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite, in an IBF title eliminator, explained his reasons for supporting his old foe and gave his thoughts on the upcoming Adamek-Banks battle. “”I’m looking forward to watching this. It should be a good fight. Their styles call for action. Johnathon seems like he can crack. He can take them as well as throw them. And Adamek, is tough, he’s a good solid, fighter.
The fight could go either way. I know I want the winner of the fight! I’ll be rooting for Tomasz. Yeah, I’d want to fight Johnathon if he wins. But, you know, I really want the rematch, I want my title back and I want to take it back from Tomasz.
I believe I am the best cruiserweight in the world. I know the fans saw that in my last fight. I don’t consider that a loss. I feel like I won the fight, but lost the decision. My new motto is Two Time in ’09”, So I am looking forward to the 27th, just as much as they are.”
Tomasz Adamek vs. Johnathon Banks for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship takes place on Friday the 27th February 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
A total of eight undefeated fighters will risk their unblemished records on the magnificent eight-bout undercard that supports the “big boys”.
The co-feature event will see Giovanni Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic and NYC (26-1, 18 KO’s) lock horns with Colombia’s Dionisio Miranda, also of Miami (19-3-2, 17 KO’s) in a twelve round IBF eliminator for the #1 position in the middleweight division.
Paterson, NJ welterweight Henry Crawford (20-0-1, 9 KO’s) faces Keenan Collins (12-4-2, 8 KO’s) of Reading, PA. in an eight round bout.
Preceding that will be Newark’s popular former Olympian, Jerson Ravelo (19-3, 12 KO’s), against Don Mouton (7-3-1, 6 KO’s) of Houston, TX in an eight round super middleweight match.
No less than six fighters with unblemished records are featured in four six-round fights. Super Middleweight Patrick Majewski of Atlantic City puts his 9-0, 6 KO record on the line against Philadelphia’s undefeated Latif Mundy (8-0, 3 KO’s). Unbeaten Anthony Flores of Philadelphia (6-0, 4 KO’s) faces Super Featherweight Ikem Orji (4-0, 1 KO) and Philadelphia’s own Chucky Tschorniawsky, (25-9-1, 14 KO’s) will be up against unbeaten welterweight Jesse Lubash, (9-0, 5 KO’s) of Pittsburgh, PA.
The opening fight of the night will see Paterson, NJ’s two time National Golden Gloves Champion, Jeremy Bryan, currently unbeaten since joining the pro ranks, put his immaculate 8-0, 4 KO record on the line against Mexico’s Francisco Rios Gil (13-9, 9 KO’s) in a Junior Welterweight match-up.
Tickets are on sale now and priced at $38, $53, $78, $103 and $253. They can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, online at www.prucenter.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 201-507-8900. The first bout will begin at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. The fight will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast.
This event is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions.
Danny Garcia Returns Feb. 28
Making his way back to the ring February 28, 2009 on the Juan Manuel Marquez vs Juan Diaz card, will be Philadelphia’s undefeated hard hitting Jr. Welterweight prospect, Danny “Swift” Garcia (10-0, 7 KOs). Garcia will face Cristian Favela of Los Mochis, SI Mexico in a scheduled eight round bout at the Toyota Center in Houston TX.
“I’m looking forward to a busy 2009 schedule,” said a confident Garcia. “Finkel has plans to keep me busy and Golden Boy can deliver. I’m truly blessed to be in this position with a great team and all. I’m excited about fighting on another great card and I anticipate great accomplishments this year.”
Marquez vs. Diaz, the 12 round main event for Marquez’ Ring Magazine World Lightweight Championship and Diaz’ IBO World Lightweight Title, John vs. Juarez, the 12 round co-main event for John’s WBA World Featherweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and Southwest Airlines. The world title bouts will take place on February 28th from Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT.
Tickets for Marquez vs. Diaz, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, are on sale now online at ToyotaCenterTix.com, by phone at 1-866-4-HOU-TIX, Houston area Randalls locations and Toyota Center Box Office.
CovGlove ENJOYS A 3-0 WEEKEND THIS PAST STATURDAY NIGHT IN SUNRISE, FLORIDA.
Campbell, Angulo & Palacios score big victories while wearing boxing newest innovation
PHILADELPHIA—Nate Campbell, Alfredo Angulo & Francisco Palacios scored great wins this Saturday night on a highly publicized card in Sunrise, Florida that was shown across America on HBO.
What the three had in common was that they all used boxing’s latest innovation: The CovGlove.
Campbell, the former Lightweight champion, scored a majority decision over rugged challenger, Ali Funeka while Angulo showed guts by fighting through a nasty cut to stop late-replacement Cosme Rivera in five rounds. Palacios, an undefeated cruiserweight, may have been the star of the off-tv undercard as he scored a spectacular one-punch knockout over Lawrence Chapman.
“I liked the idea and I loved wearing the CovGlove”, said Palacios
“I will wear them for all my future fights.”
This was the second straight fight that Angulo wore the CovGlove while this was the first time for Campbell as he joined the like of Chad Dawson, Joshua Clottey, Jermain Taylor, Steve Cunningham as well as boxing’s hottest prospect Mike Jones
CovGlove is the brainchild of former professional fighter, Associate Pastor and successful entrepreneur David Price.
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CovGlove is a product that is designed to keep the action of a fight flowing as well as a safety measure in boxing.