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Interview with Steve "USS" Cunningham, Former Cruiserweight Champion

Coming Off His Exciting Fight with Tomasz Adamek, Cunningham is Gunning for the Rematch

By Jake Emmen

Steve "USS" Cunningham, 21 (11) - 2, has been biding his time since his loss to Tomasz Adamek, waiting for a chance at a rematch. After Adamek quickly lined up Jonathon Banks as his next opponent - and knocked him out - Cunningham now has his next fight scheduled as well. On Saturday, April 18, Cunningham will take on former cruiserweight champion Wayne "Big Truck" Braithwaite.

There have been some rumors, but has your next fight been made official yet?

SC: Yea, as far as we know the contract has been signed by both of us.

Are you already back in training right now? I know you just got back from a run.

SC: Yea I just got back from running. I'm always training. I'm always in shape, it's my job and I treat it like that.

How do you feel about taking on Big Truck, another former cruiserweight champion like yourself?

SC: It's a real good fight for me. A fight we can win. Of course, I want to win and I want to look impressive. And man, just win. It's one of those must win, gotta win fights.

Any predictions, will the fight go the distance?

SC: I don't really get into predicting. If I see the opening I'm going after it. We're gonna try to make it go early but if not we'll be content with the unanimous decision.

Yea well a unanimous decision must sound nice. You've only lost twice in your career, and both times have been split decisions. Has that been tough for you, coming up close both times you lost?

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Q&A: Tomasz Adamek

by Michal Koper / Tomasz S. Galazka Bokser.org

20th January 2009

Tomasz Adamek (36-1, 24 KOs) is to have his first IBF cruiserweight title defense on February 27, in the Prudential Center hall in Newark, NJ. He will face an American fighter, the as yet unbeaten Jonathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs).

Here's a transcription of an interview with "The Highlander", who will defend in the forthcoming fight not only his IBF belt, but also the top place among the world's boxers in the 200 lb limit.

 

Michal Koper (bokser.org): Tomek, BJ Flores backed out from facing you at the last minute. Was such a turn of events a disappointment for you?

Tomasz Adamek: It's a rare occasion that somebody offered a title shot resigns from it. Apparently the guy judged the challenge to be too steep and he decided to bide his time.

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Steve 'USS' Cunningham's Next Opponent is...

By Gianluca Di Caro - 17th January 2009

PugilistMatch.com

The announcement by Tomasz Adamek's camp that his first defense of the IBF title will be against Johnathon Banks in February 2008 has left former champ, Steve 'USS' Cunningham with a major dilemma. He and his team have been campaigning for a quick rematch of the December classic and as such doesn't have an alternative fight lined up for the near future.

Cunningham, who has been stating "My top priority is the rematch with Adamek, that's what I have been focusing on. I want my title back more than anything else", is aware though that if he is to fight by April, as he had said is his intention, he now needs to look to other opponents. But what are his current options?

Below are the ten fighters rated closest to Cunningham, the current world number 1 rated cruiserweight, and Tomasz Adamek, the current undisputed champion, based on Ring Magazine and Boxrec ratings.

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TIME FOR OLD SCHOOL CUNNINGHAM

TO MOUNT OLD SCHOOL COMEBACK

By John DiSanto - 8th January 2009

www.phillyboxinghistory.com

Steve Cunningham fought the fight of his life on December 11, 2008 against Poland's Tomasz Adamek. It was a thrilling all-action struggle that had the fans at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center on their feet. Cunningham lost the bout by decision, unable to overcome three surprising knockdowns on the official cards. Adamek also put up an inspired performance, no doubt spurred on by the legion of Polish-flag-waving locals of his adopted hometown who came out in force.

The fight was close; the decision split. Everyone in the arena got their money's worth - and then some. Well, maybe everyone except the fighters. The national TV audience watching live on the VERSUS cable network had finally seen one worth staying up for. The TIVO users yet to watch the bout, had a surprise in store for them.

As the last bell sounded and each fighter's supporters anxiously awaited the official result, the same thought wiggled its way into everyone focused on the fight that night &endash; "When is the rematch?"

The decision deservedly went to Adamek, and with it went Cunningham's IBF cruiserweight belt, but Cunningham showed his stuff that night and made his Philly boxing forefathers proud. Cunningham, a throwback fighter who is always in shape, always willing to fight anyone, always to travel anywhere for a fight, always ready to show his grit and his finesse, found himself belt-less when he awoke on December 12th. The feeling must have been strange for the young ex-champion.

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Cunningham vs. Adamek:

The Tradition of Great Cruiserweight Rematches Must Continue

By Jake Emen - 2nd January 2008

Boxing Equipment 24/7

The recent bout between Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek was one of those special boxing moments when everything seems to come together perfectly. Two exciting, gutsy and well-matched warriors with opposing styles put it all on the line not just for the title but also for the fans and really for the entire sport.

The two men may have been fighting in New Jersey, close to Cunningham's roots in Philadelphia, but for all intents and purposes the fight may as well have taken place in Warsaw or Krakow, the Polish fans of Tomasz "Goral" Adamek dominating the excited crowd. Cunningham, who spent the previous several years of his career on the road, traversing Europe for a chance at big fights and a fair shot (he was largely viewed as being robbed of the title in his only other previous loss, to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk), would not be deterred by an unfriendly and hostile arena.

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"POLSKA!"

How Ethnic Pride Can Save Boxing in America

By Alex Ginebra

Boxeo Mundial Magazine

Ethnic pride played a major role at the IBF Bantamweight and Cruiserweight Championship Fights at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, broadcast on Versus. I looked around and saw men wearing t-shirts that displayed the green, yellow and red colors of Ghana, and cheering loudly for Joseph Agbeko. Nicaraguans were there supporting their fighter, William Gonzalez, as they chanted his nickname "Cho-ri-zo." And for the grand finale, a whole army of proud Polish marched into the Prudential Center to tear down the walls for their beloved Tomasz Adamek. During the final fight, the arena was taken over by the large number of Polish fans who chanted "Pol-ska! Pol-ska!" and A-da-mek! A-da-mek!" as their hero slugged it out with his American opponent. As I saw all the nationalistic pride, I started to realize more-and-more that this is what boxing in the United States needs.

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Cunningham-Adamek: Did Public Really Appreciate This Fight?

The article below was not written for wewantarematch.com. I missed it when it was published as it was the day atter WWAR went live. but I found it recently via google - I have also added the comments made by readers.

 

Eastsideboxing.com - 19th December 2008

By Jason Peck:

We hear a lot of complaining about the sport nowadays. There's no great match-ups, and no great fights like they used to have them back in the days of [insert bygone era here]. Recently we watched such a great fight. But it to seems to have been forgotten in record time.

Steve Cunnignham and Tomasz Adamek proved the Golden Boy theory of promotions wrong: You don't need good looks, mainstream appeal or an HBO series to stage an amazing brawl. But a week later I'm baffled by the lukewarm reception this inspired scrap has received from the boxing public. You would think the haters would quit it about a "dying" sport after such a scuffle. Why haven't they?

Maybe I'm wrong here. Maybe Cunningham-Adamek was so damned good that no discussion is needed. On the other hand, this is probably a depressing commentary on how susceptible people are to hype and name recognition over talent and meaning.

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When Superpowers Collide

By Dr. Pietro Baio DC

www.DiamondBoxing.Com

On December 11, 2008, it was a cold wet night in Newark, New Jersey, but things were getting ready to heat up inside the Prudential Center. On this night the first major boxing event in Newark in over 60 years was getting ready to take place. Steve "USS" Cunningham was ready to put his IBF cruiserweight title on the line against the formidable Tomasz Amadek. The arena was packed and the energy unreal as these two super powers were set to collide. The bell sounded for the first round and the crowed ignited with cheer and exhilaration for what they were about to see, 12 rounds of the most exiting boxing New Jersey had seen in years.

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The Fight of the Year!

And You Could Have Watched it for Free

By Alex Ginebra

Boxeo Mundial Magazine

I walked into the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, to see the IBF Bantamweight and Cruiserweight Championship fights, without any expectations of seeing a great fight or an inspiring atmosphere. Even though I was about to see the first championship boxing event held in Newark since 1948, I was not expecting anything spectacular or historic. And with all the struggles that the sport of boxing has endured over the past 15 years, how could I not be so pessimistic? The sport is dying in the eyes of the casual fan. Many have defected to the ever-growing world of mixed-martial arts. Even the most passionate boxing enthusiast, and even the boxers themselves, are very concerned about the future of their beloved sport. But in the right circumstances, often when you least expect it, boxing can still pack a major punch!

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Cunningham Laced up and Ready for Adamek II

By Diane Bennett

www.DiamondBoxing.Com

On December 11 the newly built Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey was christened with a boxing classic. Steve Cunningham put his IBF cruiserweight championship belt on the line against number one challenger Tomasz Adamek. After 12 grueling rounds of amazing action in which both fighters left every single ounce of their energy in the ring it was Adamek prevailing by split decision. However, it was Cunningham who was the aggressor through-out the bout, firing more punches but only to have them absorbed by the steel chin of Adamek. At points when it appeared that Adamek was wilting to the Cunningham punishment, he would dig deep and find away to land shots of his own, three of those shots landed Cunningham to the canvas. Cunningham immediately got up after each knockdown which occurred in the second, fourth and eighth rounds...

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The Case For Cunningham vs. Adamek II

By Tim Donaldson

www.Pound4Pound.com

Ladies and Gentleman of the boxing jury, I stand here today to make the case for Cunningham vs. Adamek II. Now, I am not one to regularly call for a rematch. My feeling is what's done is done. Do I really want to see it again?

For the majority of fights this year, I don't; however, in this case, I do want to see it again. So I am here to lay out my case before you.

Now you might be thinking, why have a rematch? As I see it there are really only two reasons to have a rematch. The first is not only a close fight but also an exciting fight. The second is the support of boxing fans. Without the first, you won't have the second, and without the second, you won't have a fight. And why would you even want one?

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Adamek vs. Cunningham: The Rematch Awaits!

By Daxx Khan

www.saddoboxing.com

On December 11, boxing may have been lucky enough to witness a gift of sorts to the cruiserweight Division, when Tomasz Adamek met Steve Cunningham for the IBF version of the division's title and fans were treated to a bout between two of boxing's top superstars.

Individually, Adamek, a multi-division champion known for his durability, tough chin and willingness to let out all the stops to win and Cunningham, a consummate professional in the ring who possesses a superb jab, ring generalship and all the fundamentals desired in any fighter, make for a great showing in any bout they enter into but in the ring together, they elevated things to a whole new level.

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