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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.

It is no secret that the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions have left a little more to be desired over the last few years.

The light heavyweight division contains the many high profile names such as Joe Calzaghe, Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver, but has produced disappointing bouts between the circles.

Heavyweight boxing has been on the decline for the last four years and outside of the Klitschko brothers, there to this day remain no real superstars. David Haye, the former cruiserweight kingpin, has started to become more of a sideshow with his taunts of the Brothers Grimm, and his bout with Monte Barrett did little to make fans celebrate his arrival to the division.

Adamek and Cunningham are in a position right now to help resurrect the sport among the big men; it has been a long time since a rivalry of worth has taken place above the 160 lb weight class, and in the cruiserweight division, the closest thing to a top series of showdowns was the exchange of wins between Jean Marc Mormeck and O'Neil Bell in 2006 and 2007.

Not since Evander Holyfield faced Dwight Muhammad Qawi in the late 1980's has there been a rivalry in the cruiserweight class that has had fans excited over the division's existence.

Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek have the chance to bring that excitement back to the upper weight classes. The two men have the skills to make another bout between them desirable, and in my opinion, I believe one more fight between the two may not even be enough to truly decide who is the better of the duo, they are that closely matched.

A rematch between these two men is not only warranted and not only one the fans deserve to see, but it is one that could be the signature of cruiserweight boxing's history.

I for one await the announcement.

 

Daxx Kahn

Assistant Editor Saddo Boxing

North and South America

www.saddoboxing.com

Daxx Kahn is an Assistant Editor with SaddoBoxing.com along with Jane Warburton and Jim Everett. Daxx has been involved in the sport on a local and national level for 20 years as journalist and amateur boxer. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 he was part of starting Schenectady New Yorks Anti Drug and Gang prevention programs where boxing was used as an outlet to keep teenager's off the street by giving them positive goals to work towards. The program produced a 2 time national superheavyweight champion, Junior Olympic Gold Medalist and an Empire State games Gold Medalist.

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