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This section will have up to the minute news regarding the cruiserweight division including up to the minute news on Steve 'USS' Cunningham and Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, It will also be the first place that should any news regarding a rematch between Steve and Tomasz will be published.

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News Alert : 12th January 2009

So just who is Johnathon Banks fighting in February?

As you may have read below it was rumoured that Johnathon Banks is to fight Tomasz Adamek on the 27th February BUT today the following article was published on www.thisissouthwales.co.uk

Maccarinelli Banks on big fight night

ENZO Maccarinelli will tomorrow rubberstamp his WBO cruiserweight title fight against Johnathan Banks in a special meeting with Frank Warren.

The former WBO champion from Swansea looks to reclaim his crown when he takes on undefeated American Banks next month.

A provisional date of February 28 has been agreed, but Maccarinelli and Sports Network boss Frank Warren will confirm that, and the venue, during discussions tomorrow.

With the festive period over, the Swansea fighter is firmly focused on seeing off Banks before setting his sights on ruling the division.

For full article click here...

News Alert: 11th January 2009

 

ARENA wins purse bid for WBC Final Eliminator Hide vs. Godfrey

 

ARENA Box-Promotion has won the purse bid for the WBC cruiserweight Final Eliminator between Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey. The fight will most probably take place in late March or early April. The winner of the elimination bout will face the winner of the WBC cruiserweight championship between Giacobe Fragomeni and Krystzof Wlodarczyk.

If he can beat Godfrey Hide would not only opening up the door for earning big money at the end of his long and successful career. The "Dancing Destroyer" could also make history becoming the first former world heavyweight champion to go down to cruiserweight to win a world title.

 

 

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News Alert - Rumour: 11th January 2009

 

Not verified yet: Tomasz Adamek to fight Johnathon Banks on 27th February 2009?

Whilst it is official Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek is to fight on the 27th February 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey and that the fight will be broadcast live on ShoBox, one thing that still has to be sorted is who Tomasz will fight.

As reported by Eastside boxing (see below) B.J. Flores has ruled himself out as the opponent. BUT today word, from a reliable source, is that Johnathon Banks is now the front runner.

I'm not sure how Enzo Maccaranelli's promoter Frank Warren will feel about this as he had stated that Banks would fight Maccaranelli for the WBO title in February.

Watch this space for updates on both these fights over the coming days

 

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News Alert: 11th January 2009

 

By Michal Koper - Bokser.org

Official: Giacobbe Fragomeni-Krzystof 'Diablo' Wlodarczyk on March 28th '09

Krzystof 'Diablo' Wlodarczyk will fight WBC champion Giacobbe Fragomeni on March 28 in Rome or Milano (Italy).

The purse bid scheduled for January 9th was cancelled as both involved sides had reached an agreement. OPI 2000 will promote the fight.

 

 

 

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News Item - www.eastsideboxing.com - :9th January 2009

 

Exclusive Interview With B.J Flores - "I Can't Wait To Get Back In The Ring!"

by James Slater

Unbeaten 29-year-old cruiserweight contender B.J Flores, 21-0-1(13) is looking ahead to a big and excitement-filled 2009. Thought by some to have an IBF world title shot against Tomasz Adamek lined up, B.J instead has other plans. However, the fighter nicknamed "El Peligroso" is sure he will become world champion in the next twelve months - an Adamek fight or not.

Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer earlier today, Flores gave the following answers to my questions.

James Slater: As always, I appreciate your time, B.J. The word is you may be fighting IBF champion Tomasz Adamek on February 27th. Is this true?

 

To read full interviews click here...

News Alert Update: 8th January 2009

Bokser.org

Official: Tomasz Adamek to fight on 27th February 2009

It is now official Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek is to fight on the 27th February 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey.

The fight will be broadcast live by Showtime.

The opponent has yet to be named but the smart money is on it being B.J. Flores - well it had been announced it was going to be and is even on Boxrec as being the match-up - but we will just have to wait and see

 

 

 

 

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Press Release: 8th January 2009

Accolades Galore For Cunningham-Adamek In The 2008 Year End Boxing Awards

The results of the various on-line 2008 Year End Boxing Awards have now been announced, whilst most, as expected, had conclusively chosen Manny Pacquiao as "Fighter Of The Year", the choice for "Fight of the Year", which seemed to be a forgone conclusion for Vasquez-Marquez III to many earlier in the year, became a little harder for the judges thanks to the exceptional performances put in by Steve 'USS' Cunningham and Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek when they locked horns in Newark, New Jersey on December 11th 2008.

Within hours of the epic battle for the IBF cruiserweight crown taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Cunningham-Adamek was being praised by boxing pundits and the fans alike. Nearly every report and review claimed it to be a late candidate for "Fight Of The Year" and called for a rematch.

Cunningham-Adamek received it's first major accolades by being named as "Fight Of The Month" by badlefthook.com and also by Brent Brookhouse at the MMA on-line magazine, bloodyelbow.com. Just a day or so later followed the news that boxingscene.com had awarded it "Cruiserweight Fight Of The Year" status.

Then as the Christmas Holidays loomed large the various year end reviews and awards started to appear. Any notion of a clean sweep by Vasquez vs Marquez III for "Fight Of The Year" honours was quickly dispelled when The Herald News published it's 2008 Boxing Awards announcing that Cunningham vs Adamek was their "Fight Of The Year" with Vasquez vs Marquez III runner-up.

To Read the full press release click here...

News Update - South Wales Argus - 7th January 2009

I'm still in the dark &endash; Macca

TEAM Calzaghe's cruiserweight contender Enzo Maccarinelli is in the dark over plans that will see him compete for a world title next month.

Maccarinelli's promoters Sports Network have made clear their desire to stage a clash between American Jonathon Banks and Maccarinelli in February, with the duo battling for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title.

Swansea puncher Maccarinelli, 28, was due to face Banks in London in December, only for the Detroit fighter to withdraw at the eleventh hour with an ankle injury.

The former WBO champion &endash; Maccarinelli is bidding to become the first Welshman ever to win back a world title &endash; lost his crown to David Haye last March and has been in action only once since, destroying stand-in Matthew Ellis at London's Excel Arena in his debut at heavyweight.

 

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Philaboxing Report - 6th January 2009

 

Steve 'USS' Cunningham voted Philadelphia's top boxer

By Michael Cassell

 

PHILLY'S TOP 10 PHILLY FIGHTERS

#1 Steve Cunningham 21 - 2 - (11 KO's) Cruiserweight

This man has made a living traveling the world and winning is hostile territory. He was Philadelphia's only champion for awhile there until his spectacular battle with Tomasz Adamek, who's only loss, came to Chad Dawson. Cunningham was a quiet Champion, but now the beast inside will be released. Expect a rematch, and expect a win.

 

 

To read the full list of Philadelphia's top 10 fighters click here...

Press Release: 4th January 2009

Steve 'USS' Cunningham - Wants His Cruiserweight Crown Back - Returns To Training.

Former IBF cruiserweight champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, has returned to training at the James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia just three weeks after losing his crown by close split-decision to Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek in what most media and fans alike described as one of the Fights Of The Year at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey on December 11th 2008.

After chatting with 'early bird' gym mates, Gee Culmer, Darren Fallen and Marianne "Golden Girl" Marston, about the fight Steve got down to business. After his normal warm-up, Steve went straight into a full work-out session.

Ever willing to pass on his knowledge and experience to fellow fighters, Steve then spent a little time advising British featherweight, Marianne Marston, on reflex bag techniques. After which he took a little time to talk about his return to training. "It feels real good, I am real excited to get back into the gym. The team made me take the three weeks off, it's good, I got a good amount of rest. But, now it's back to the schedule of dominating the cruiserweight division. I still believe that I'm the best cruiserweight in the world. I don't think any of them out there can beat me. I don't think I got beat on December 11th it's just the points on the knockdowns. But, you know, I'm going to prove in '09 that I am the greatest cruiserweight in the world."

 

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News Update - BoxingNews24.com - 4th January 2009

Alekseev vs. Ramirez For interim WBO cruiserweight On Jan 17th

By Jim Dower:

 

Without David Haye in the division, all eyes now turn to cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (16-0, 15 KOs), the new star in the division, as he fights Victor Emilio Ramirez (13-1, 11 KOs) for the interim WBO cruiserweight on Jan 17th in Düsseldorf, Germany. The winner of this fight will be facing the winner of the Enzo Maccarinelli vs. Johnathon Banks bout which takes place next month in February.

Alekseev, 27, has risen quickly in the cruiserweight division since turning professional four years ago after narrowly losing to Odlanier Solis, the eventual heavyweight Gold Medal winner, in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. As it turned out, Alekseev gave Solis by far his toughest match in the Olympics and came close to beating him.

 

 

To read full article click here...

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News Update - BoxingNews24.com - 3rd January 2009

Banks-Maccarinelli In February

By Chris Williams:

 

Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (29-2, 22 KOs) is looking to recapture his WBO title against number #1 ranked Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) in February. Maccarinelli, 28, lost his WBO cruiserweight title in July, getting stopped in the 2nd round by arguably the best fighter in the cruiserweight division David Haye. Maccarinelli never really had much of a chance to show what he can do to Haye, as the fight was over so quickly.

In February, Maccarinelli should be in a better position to show what he can do in the ring, because Banks, 26, isn't nearly the same kind of puncher that Haye is, which should give Maccarinelli plenty of chances to land his big shots. Banks and Maccarinelli were previously scheduled to fight in December. However, Banks was injured while training, which caused the fight to be canceled.

 

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Interview: 1st January 2009

By Tim Donaldson - Pound4Pound.com

Q & A with Steve "USS" Cunningham

 

On December 11, I was fortunate enough to be witness to one of the great fights in the history of boxing. The fight between Steve "USS" Cunningham and Tomasz "Goral" Adamek resulted in a split decision with Adamek holding the IBF Cruiserweight Title. I recently had the privilege to speak to Steve Cunningham and get his thoughts on the fight and find out why he believes that there should be a rematch.

P4P: How does it make you feel that so many people all around the world are calling for a rematch?

Steve: It makes me feel much better than most the other fights. We've been fighting all over the world, and the American fan base has finally got a chance to see us, and to see what type of fighter I am. We're able to do everything, box, go toe to toe, show heart, show some discipline. I'm very happy to be able to get another chance to be champion again.

 

 

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News Update - fightnews.com - 30th December 2008

Maccarinelli-Banks rescheduled!

 

Former WBO cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli and Johnathon Banks will meet in February for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title with site and date to be named. The fight was originally scheduled to take place earlier this month in London, but the Banks withdrew only a few days before, leaving Maccarinelli to face heavyweight Mathew Ellis instead - whom he blasted out in two rounds. The Frank Warren-promoted card will also feature lightweight star Amir Khan.

 

 

 

 

 

Press Release: 28th December 2008

Campaign for Cunningham-Adamek Rematch Gathers Momentum

 

On December 11th 2008 one of the fights of the decade took place in Newark, New Jersey between the then reigning International Boxing Federation cruiserweight king, Steve 'USS' Cunningham from Philadelphia, PA and Polish born expat, Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, from Jersey City, NJ.

After 12 action packed rounds, which saw the then Champ, Steve 'USS' Cunningham put on the canvas three times by flash knockdowns, the crown passed onto the new Champion, Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, by a close split decision. Boxing fans around the world were treated to an amazing fight, and whilst many saw the fight result differently none were unhappy as the result was that close. Calls for a rematch were instant, not just by 'USS" Cunningham but also the media and fans alike.

www.wewantarematch.com, the website which spearheads the campaign for a rematch, announced that the website received over 28,000 visitors in the first week (18th Dec - 25th Dec 08).

 

For more click here...

News Update: 27th December 2008

2008 Boxing Awards

Herald News 2008 Boxing Awards

 

Fighter of the year: Manny Pacquiao. The fearless Filipino star beat Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision in a junior lightweight title fight March 15 in Las Vegas, dominated David Diaz to win the WBC lightweight title June 28 in Las Vegas and destroyed heavily favored Oscar De La Hoya en route to a TKO victory at welterweight Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

Runners-up: Joe Calzaghe; Antonio Margarito.

Last year's winner: Kelly Pavlik.

Fight of the year: Tomasz Adamek-Steve Cunningham. Jersey City's Adamek dropped Philadelphia's Cunningham three times during an epic cruiserweight contest that Adamek won by split decision Dec. 11 in Newark.

Runners-up: Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez III; Margarito-Miguel Cotto.

To Read the full Herald News 2008 Boxing awards click here...

News Update: 26th December 2008

Peter Czymbor - www.8countnews.com - 8CN Fight Of The Year Awards - although the winner was Vasquez vs Marquez 111 writes in Honorable Mentions:

Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham &endash; Cruiserweight World Championship

December 11, 2008 &endash; Prudential Center &endash; Newark, NJ

Who ever said cruiserweights can't fight?

Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham proved that notion wrong with a thrilling 12 round war on December 11th of this year for the recognized cruiserweight championship of the world.

During the all action slugfest, Adamek knocked down Cunningham three times. However, Cunningham threw and landed more punches.

After 12 rounds of nonstop action, the verdict came in: Tomasz Adamek won via split decision to become the new cruiserweight champ.

Hopefully 2009 will bring us a sequel to this classic encounter. The fans want it and Steve Cunningham certainly wants it.

To view 8CN Fight Of The Year Awards click here.

Press Release: 26th December 2008

 

BJ FLORES AND ELVIN AYALA HEADLINE "FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PLAZA" IN VEGAS ON JANUARY 23RD

 

LATEST BOXING NEWS - For the first time in over four years, world class professional boxing will return to the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, January 23rd, it was jointly announced today by TKO BOXING Promotions and Reno's "Let's Get It On" Promotions.

"We're looking to make "FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PLAZA" a bi-monthly event starting in January. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has a great tradition of supporting boxing with numerous future world champions having fought there including Antonio Tarver, Sergio Mora, Sergei Liakhovich, Steven Luevano, Julio Diaz and Guty Espadas Jr.

The Fremont Street Experience is known for its classic Las Vegas experience and we look forward to playing a major part in 2009."

 

To read more...

News Alert Update: 23rd December 2008

BoxingInsider.com

Q&A Tomasz "Warrior" Adamek: Wants Unification or Hopkins Next

Newly crowned IBF Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek electrified the boxing world with his "Fight of the Year" performance against Steve Cunningham two weeks ago in Newark, NJ. We spoke with the history-making Polish gladiator about his big win, who he wants next, and more…

Boxinginsider: Awesome performance vs. Cunningham, how did you feel about it?

Tomasz Adamek: "I'm very happy, very satisfied because I win. I got hit a couple of times but very pleased. I win my second world title.

Boxinginsider: Were there any surprises in the fight from Cunningham which you did not expect?

Tomasz Adamek: I was surprised he wasn't attacking, he was always backing up, always on the defensive. I trained for him to be attacking but it was just the opposite.

Boxinginsider: Why do you think that was? Why do you think he fought like that?

Tomasz Adamek: I think he was afraid because I was a heavy hitter. And he was afraid to be in a brawl with me. That's why he got knocked down three times because he was backing up.

For full interview click here...

Site Update: 23rd December 2008

 

New Audio and Video Added

 

New audio and video has been added today.

The audio is courtesy of Peter Czymbor of 8countnews.com who interveiewed Steve 'USS' Cunningham on the 22nd December 2008

The video, which is courtesy of diamondboxing.com, is the post fight press conference of Steve 'USS' Cunningham and Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek

 

 

 

To view the video and listen to the interview click here.

Feature: 23rd December 2008

 

Cunningham Wants a Rematch and So Do We

 

By Thomas Gerbasi - MaxBoxing.Com

Boxing's a funny game. Not 'Ha-Ha' funny, but strange funny, which brings us to the case of Steve Cunningham. Less than two weeks ago, Cunningham was the IBF cruiserweight champion of the world, but fairly unknown to the non-hardcore boxing fanbase; this, despite Cunningham being victorious in 21 of 22 fights, winning and defending his title in Europe, and being an all-round good guy.

On December 11th, Cunningham lost his crown in a torrid 12 rounder against Tomasz Adamek that saw the US Navy vet hit the deck three times but still do enough that one judge and many observers saw him winning the fight. In most sports, you lose, you're off the radar.

 

To full article on maxboxing.com...

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News Alert Update: 22nd December 2008

 

BJ Flores vs. Tomasz Adamek Update

 

 

World ranked cruiserweight BJ Flores is preparing for a busy 2009 as he looks towards battles against either world champion Tomasz Adamek or former champion Wayne Braithwaite.

"Right now we're in the negotiating stage for two possible fights. Either I go straight to fighting the newly crowned champion Tomasz Adamek for an optional defense or I fight Wayne Braithwaite as part of an elimination process for the IBF title which Adamek just won from Steve Cunningham..

 

 

 

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Press Release: 18th December 2008

 

WWAR Breaks Out Over Cunningham-Adamek Rematch

 

A new website - www.WeWantARematch.com - was launched today to gather support from boxing fans worldwide in lobbying television networks, promoters Don King Productions and Main Events for a rematch of last weeks IBF cruiserweight world championship title fight between Steve 'USS' Cunningham and Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek.

The calls for a rematch are not out of sour grapes, anything but, as on Thursday, December 11th 2008 a magnificent boxing match took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, between the then reigning International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, from Philadelphia, PA. and former World Boxing Organisation light heavyweight champion, Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, ...

 

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NEWS ALERT: 18th December 2008

 

TOMASZ ADAMEK vs. BJ FLORES - 21st MARCH 2009?

 

Reported on both www.bokser.org and www.boxingscene.com ealier today as speculation, it now appears that there is more than a little truth to the rumour that B.J. Flores is to fight Tomasz Adamek on the 21st March 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. for the IBF cruiserweight title as it has now appeared on the fight listings at www.boxrec.com

Livvy Cunningham (Steve 'USS' Cunningham's manager) said "I don't know if this is just a rumour or if it is true"

We have had no reponse yet from anyone at Tomasz Adamek's camp.

Watch this space

 

 

 

Press Release: 16th December 2008

 

Fighting Talk From Steve 'USS' Cunningham In First Radio Interview Since Loss Off Crown

 

Former IBF cruiserweight world champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, gave his first radio interview since losing his crown by split decision after this year's most exciting and action packed fight, one that most are calling The Fight Of The Year, on December 11th to Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek. Steve returned as a guest of boxing expert Michael Cassell on his popular AFB radio show - Philadelphia Boxing Report.

Steve was particularly thrilled that his first radio interview was on the show as the audience is mainly American military personnel based around the world. Being a former Navy Aircraft Re-fueler on both the USS America and the USS Enterprise he understands the importance of this particular radio network, as to many of those based overseas it is their only link to home news.

From the start of the show Michael made the point of how spectacular the fight, broadcast live on Versus, was and how everybody had been talking about it. He went on to inform Steve that ESPN, amongst many broadcasters to do so, made the fight the lead item on Friday morning and that even on 'Football Friday' it stayed high on the discussion list throughout the afternoon and evening, something, that as far as he is aware, that had never been achieved before, even with boxing matches featuring 'household' names.

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Press - Various

 

Quotes from various media on Cunningham vs. Adamek

 

Tim Smith - New York Daily News - wrote

"The Daily News scored it a draw (113-113). There was enough action to make the match a "Fight of the Year" candidate."

George Willis - New York Post - wrote:

"It had been 60 years since Newark hosted a world championship fight. Last night, Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek made it worth the wait."

"The Post saw Cunningham a 113-112 winner."

Tim Donaldson's Live Fight Report - www.pound4pound.com - wrote:

"Pound4Pound scored the fight 114-112 for Cunningham"

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Press Release: 14th December 2008

 

USS Cunningham Sails On, Battle Scarred, Not Sunk As Reported!

 

Recently deposed IBF cruiserweight world champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, speaks out for the first time since the epic battle at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on December 11th, which saw Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek from Jersey City, NJ. capture his crown by a contentious split decision.

Steve, who has been receiving the highest accolades from luminaries in the sport and media for his performance during the action packed bout, which is being hailed by all sectors of the media as 'The Fight Of The Year', spoke shortly after his return to his home town of Philadelphia after taking a well deserved short break.

"Firstly, I want to congratulate Adamek on his Victory.

It was a tough fight, one that we were easily winning without the flash knockdowns. We feel that the work that was put in was enough to win the fight, but understand that the judges saw differently.

 

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