Tim Smith - New York Daily News -
"The Daily News scored it a draw
(113-113). There was enough action to make
the match a "Fight of the Year"
George Willis - New York Post -
"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
Tim Donaldson's Live Fight Report -
"Pound4Pound scored the fight 114-112
Ken Hissner -
- wrote: CUNNINGHAM-ADAMEK IN FIGHT OF THE
"Boxing received the shot in the arm it
needed Thursday night."
"At a time when boxing has been fed
Pacquiao-DeLaHoya, Calzaghe-Jones and
Hopkins-Pavlik lopsided decisions, the
VERSUS cable network put on what many call
the fight of the year, and certainly the
best fight the young to boxing network has
"This writer had it 114-111
"In being asked about a rematch, Adamek
seemed reluctant to answer while referring
to his promoter, Kathy Duva of Main
Events. "I feel we can come back to this
building in the future and give the fans
more great fights," said Duva. She also
would not commit to a rematch to
Cunningham at that moment. Cunningham's
promoter, King, was noticeably missing
from the press conference. It may take the
fans in order to make it happen. The many
viewers of the fight and the thousands on
hand would like nothing better."
Michael Cassell -
- said many times on his AFB radio show -
"It's Fight Of The Year"
"The best fight I have seen in a long
"I've had many calls, all asking when
is the rematch"
"Boxing fans demand a rematch"
"You (Steve Cunningham) won almost
every round, you were wiinning the rounds
big, round four I had as 10-8 to you until
"In my humble opinion that judge (John
Stewart, New Jersey who gave an outrageous
score of 116-110 in favor of Adamek)
should never be allowed to judge a fight
again, That was a disgrace for a better
word. He should be ashamed of himself"
He then called upon his listeners to
"write and call HBO, Showtime, Don King
and Kathy Duva at Main Events and start
demanding a rematch"
Michael Woods -
- wrote: What A Doozy! Adamek Fells
Cunningham On Vs.
"How do you score this round, TSS
Universe? It was shaping up 10-8 for
Cunningham but then he was dropped"
"the champ made a contest of it. He
went down, but didn't stay down, and did
enough to leave viewers uncertain as we
waited for the judges to lay down a
decision after 12 Fight of the Year-level
rounds. Cunningham won the stat war
(205-690 to 186-480)"
Comments to article:
Andy from Newcastle: "this is a
best a call for a rematch as any I've
Anon: "What a fight; lets have a
Rudy: " Sick, sick fight. What
action, back and forth, that 4th round was
"amazing fight, close enough that it
DESERVES a rematch."
Yuvie: "Sounds like a re-match
is definately in order."
Brown Sugar: "good action
fight,.. what a refreshing dose of good
sportsmans ship by Cunningham,.. not
blaming the fans, the judges or jet lag
"we need more "Real" contests like this
and I look forward to seeing the
Dave "Large" Larzelere -
"Adamek/Cunningham would have a real
claim on Fight of the Year honors, and
certainly will garner some much earned
honorable mentions in that category from
boxing writers across the country when the
year-end lists start pouring in over the
next few weeks."
"it was two guys going to the wall with
a legitimate title on the line. In short,
in a week dominated by a fight that was
about as big as boxing can be, to my mind
Adamek/Cunningham was the best that it can
be. Here's hoping they do it again."
Kurt Wolfheimer, -
- wrote: Adamek-Cunningham Wage War!
Adamek Captures Cruiser Crown in Fight of
the Year Candidate...
"Cruiserweights Tomasz "Goral" Adamek
and Steve "USS" Cunningham went to war
over twelve rounds for Cunningham's IBF
cruiserweight belt, in what was classified
by many at ringside as the 2008 fight of
George Kimball -
- wrote: Adamek-Cunningham a late
contender for FOY honors
"Tomasz Adamek and Cunningham put on an
"Boxing cards staged in comparative
obscurity have not traditionally fared
well in year-end fight of the year voting,
and one that takes place in the middle of
the week in December would seem especially
handicapped, but you'd have trouble
convincing eyewitnesses at the Prudential
Center on Thursday it didn't at the very
least belong on the short list of
"A rematch would seem inevitable."
Joseph Santliquito - Ring Magazine
"the fight was certainly worthy of a
"it was among the year's best fights."
"The looming question they all had is:
Can we see it again?"
Scoop Malinowski -
- wrote: Live Report: Adamek Edges
Cunningham in Classic
"Holy Pacquiao! What a fight! This is
Bowe-Holyfied-like! Fight of the Year!"
"better than anything we saw last
Saturday night.(Pacquiao vs De la Hoya)"
"This is just an amazing fight."
Robert Epstein -
- wrote: Fireworks at the Rock -
Cunningham and Adamek Fight of the
"Two things are clear as the last bell
chimes in the Prudential Center. One, a
rematch is inevitable. If I were a betting
man, I'd put my money on the "USS" to make
his way back oversees, and back to Poland.
This time, instead of "Diablo", he'll be
trying to take the belt from "Goral". Two,
don't be surprised if you see the 2008
FIGHT OF THE YEAR title make its home in
the cruiserweight division.
"In my many years as a boxing fanatic I
have yet to see a live fight of the year
in any weight above junior welterweight."
"With the exception of the Mtagwa
-Villa (which reminded so much of last's
year Sithchatchawal-Monshipour FOY) last
month, this is close in the late
candidates for Fight of the Year. Prepare
for a rematch early 2009."
Dianne Bennett -
- wrote: Cunningham Laced up and Ready for
"As soon as the final bell sounded the
first thought that I had was when will the
rematch take place"
"This post fight conference had a tune
to it, even before Cunningham who was
first to speak could utter a word the
hundred or so media in attendance shouted
REMATCH, REMATCH. That remained the
constant during the conference and
Cunningham without hesitation stated that
is exactly what he wants. On the other
hand Adamek was non committal."
"A week has gone by now and all the
reports have been printed, each boxing
expert had the fight scored within one
point either way and all agreed that an
immediate rematch needs to happen. Many
went further to say that this was the
fight of the year"
"Now it's up to Adamek and the powers
to be to give the fans what they want to
see now Cunningham &endash; Adamek II."
Khris Kirkpatrick -
"I wouldn't be surprised if there was a
rematch due to the excitement in all
rounds. Adamek said at the press
conference that it didn't matter who he
fought next as long as the people were
glad to watch it. But Adamek's manager
said it depends on the money."
"I believe if Don King wants to promote
another big fight it should be a
Cunningham-Adamek 2 by putting a lot of
money into the fight. If the fight happens
it could be the fight of the summer."
PA Sports Ticker: Adamek Captures
IBF Cruiserweight Title Fans Scream For A
"I think the fans would love to see a
rematch because that was an awesome
Danny Serratelli -
"The main event of the evening
showcased two fighters who deserve more
recognition then they get"
"Boxing Fight of the Year Candidate"
Dennis Nolan -
- wrote: Adamek Wins Cruiser Title in
Fight of the Year Effort!
"Definitely a candidate for Fight of
the Year and a rematch. Everyone in the
crowd standing at the end and wide
differences in who folks think won."
"Everyone wants to see this rematch."
Thomas Gerbasi -
"one of the best fights of 2008"
Jake Emen -
- wrote: Adamek Beats Cunningham in
Cruiserweight Division Fight of the
"The Cunningham vs. Adamek
cruiserweight division contest was a Fight
of the Year candidate."
"Both men in this contest showed
amazing heart, toughness and grit. The
Cunningham vs. Adamek bout is certainly a
contender for Fight of the Year."
Jake Donovan -
- wrote in a 2008 review article:
"an instant classic as well as the
latest Fight of the Year entry."
Geo Elsasser -
"The yesteryear system of round by
round scoring would have resulted in my
opinion, Cunningham retaining the strap -
my sheet had it all square at six rounds
apiece. Thus a draw the defending champion
retains and a rematch is in order based on
both scoring and a very entertaining
action affair. Only the today screwed up
system could deny Cunningham a return."
Christopher Falvello -
- wrote: Tomasz Adamek Steals Fourth to
Claim 200-Pound Title
"a Fight of the Year" candidate"
"I am not suggesting that this was
indeed a hometown decision, after all
Adamek did score three knockdowns, but I
am highlighting a curious condition of the
fight. (Also 116-112 was a little wide of
a margin, and guess who it went to?).
The scores came in 114-112 Cunningham,
and 116-112, 115-113 Adamek, making the
Pole the new world champion of 200-pound
fighters. This is where that fourth round
comes into play.
Up until the knockdown, the fourth was
a 10-8 round for Cunningham. If he had not
been knockdown, the scores would have been
116-110, 114-114, and 115-113 for
Cunningham. But again, 116-110 would have
been a huge margin for such a close
"Ultimately though, it doesn't matter
who you gave the fight to. This was a
thrilling battle, of exceptionally
talented fighters, that demands a rematch
with Showtime or HBO as possible
Francis Walker -
"Cunningham vs. Adamek could be the
2008 Fight of the Year."
MMA specialist Brent Brookhouse -
- wrote: Fight of the Month: Steve
Cunningham vs Tomasz Adamek
"There are still some big MMA shows to
go this month. But any fight is going to
have a hell of a time topping last night's
boxing war between Steve Cunningham and
Ryan Kaye -
"I had a draw on my unofficial
"A twelve-round championship bout,
minus rest periods, lasts exactly
thirty-six minutes. If you only paid
attention to thirty-five minutes of the
war between Steve Cunningham vs. Tomasz
Adamek, go back and re-watch it, because
you missed something."
"Now when was the last time you saw a
heavyweight fight with thirty-six minutes
of solid action?"
Comments added to this report:
Ramon Aranda "This was one hell
of a fight and will surely be a Fight of
the Year candidate."
Mike Guest "That is the kind of
fight that needs to be on the undercard of
a major ppv blockbuster."
CompletePlayer "Shame this fight
didn't get more hype going into it. Kudos
to Versus for giving them this spotlight
by airing it. I would be down for a
Corey T Willinger -
- wrote: Adamek Edges Cunningham in
"A rematch is surely in high demand
after a great, great fight where both men
showed what made them champions."
wrote: Adamek tops Cunningham in a
Bad Left Hook
voted - Cunningham vs Adamek - Fight Of
"a thrilling bout that no doubt takes
its place among 2008's Fight of the Year
"This is a fight that has rematch
written all over it. There's not a better
opponent for either guy"
In the comment area to this
"these two fights may well have made
for the best night of boxing on American
TV in 2008. Hats off to Versus and Don
King, and the fighters, of course."
"Absolutely FOTY material - I'm just
still puzzled on how the hell Cunningham
was getting up so quickly after the
knockdowns. That and the 116-110 card…
Ryan Songalia -
- wrote: Steve Cunningham Hungry For an
Voted - Cunningham vs. Adamek -
Cruiserweight Fight Of The Year
"Everybody was screaming for a rematch
in the venue. The press conference was
screaming rematch, so were the promoters.
Off the fact that it was an awesome fight
and people want to see it again. The fans
are the power, they demand the rematches."
"Less than 24 hours after what many
feel is a front-runner for Fight of the
Cliff Rold -
"The final bell sounded only days ago
and already fans are asking when they'll
see these two at it again"
Danny Serratelli -
"Fight of the Year Candidate in the
To go with Steve's 14th Dec. press
release BCB used our mission statement as
the headline (-;
"It Was Fight Of The Year, So......We
Want A Rematch, We Want Cunningham vs.
Adamek ll IBF World Cruiserweight
To go with the post fight quotes BCB
used the headline:
"Adamek Wins Split Decision over
Cunningham in a Fight of the Year
Michael Norby -
- wrote: Adamek Beats Cunningham in 12
"a strong contender for fight of the
"the efforts of both men this evening
screams out for an immediate rematch."
wrote: Adamek edges Cunningham in Fight of
the Year candidate!
"hopefully a rematch will occur early
Tim Starks -
wrote: Tomasz Adamek - Steve Cunningham
Video; Fight Of The Year?
"I've attached videos after the jump of
the 2008 Fight of the Year candidate, and
part two begins with a great 2008 Round of
the Year candidate. For our pals overseas
who don't have the option of lobbying
anyone -- and I'm always grateful to be of
assistance to them -- just enjoy the
Under a different headline Tim
Starks also writes: In A Sensational
Fight, One Of 2008's Best, Adamek Squeaks
"Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham
fought each other to a standstill for 12
rounds to produce a strong finalist for
the best boxing match of 2008."
"The difference on the scorecards, it
appeared, was that Adamek dropped
Cunningham three times. One judge had it
116-110 for Adamek, but the other two had
it a more sensible 114-112 for Cunningham
and 115-112 for Adamek. I had it a draw."
"The fight just screams for a rematch
-- Adamek and Cunningham are utterly made
for one another. Cunningham wants a
rematch, while Adamek's team is playing
"wait and see.""
Even in a loss, USS showed the world he
is a top notch competitor who belongs with
the best by turning in one of the action
packed televised fights in 2008. Rest
assured he will be back and many across
the globe have one thought in
- wrote: Now This Was a Fight
"IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve
Cunningham (unsuccessfully) defended his
title against Tomasz Adamek. As opposed to
the De La Hoya-Pacquiao fight, this was
the fight of the year for me so far."
wrote: Tomasz Adamek SD12 Steve
Cunningham: Fight of the Year
"This was the fight of the year in my
"I can honestly say I haven't seen
anything better this year. There must be a
rematch- there's money in it for both
guys, and Cunningham deserves his return
"A wonderful performance by both men,
who should be commended."
Richard Eberline -
"A rematch could be in the making as
the bout was very competitive"
Dan Rafael -
- comments were made by both Dan and fans
on his weekly on-line chat
Brock (Belleville, IL) "Adamek
and USS put on a show last night with a
Dan Rafael "Adamek-Cunningham
Tim (CA): "Are Cunningham and
Adamek gonna have a rematch right away?"
Dan Rafael: "Nothing has been
determined but I would hope they do it
again and I would hope a network would pay
them well for it. I said all along when
that card was made that it could have
easily been on Showtime or on HBO as a
Boxing After Dark."
Corey from(WestWick): "this one
has rematch written all over it"
Aaron (Dighton, MA): "where does
Cunnigham/Adamak rate in the Fight of the
Dan Rafael: "It's in the
conversation for being the winner."
Mayo, New Jersey: 20 min train
ride = $4.25 ringside seats = $303
Watching a potential FOTY in front of a
packed and crezed house = priceless
Cruiserweight is the new heavyweight.
These guys come to fight and are in shape.
On his blog -
- Dan Rafael also wrote:
"Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham
went caveman on each other with Adamek
scoring three knockdowns to win a split
decision and the cruiserweight world
championship in a fight of the year
Alex Ginebra - Boxeo Mundial
Magazine - wrote (e.mail):
"What a battle! I just finished writing
two separate articles about it,
since I have so much material to work
"As far as the Cunningham-Adamek
re-match I can think of nothing better for
the sport of boxing! And I hope this
becomes a reality very soon and would love
to see it again in person. This past fight
was one of the best I had ever seen, and
definitely should be in consideration for
"fight of the year.""
Steve Kim -
- announced that Cunningham vs Adamek was
placed 3rd in their 2008 K9's writing:
"Tomasz Adamek W12 Steve Cunningham:
There is finally a cruiserweight fight to
go alongside Holyfield-Qawi I. Adamek's
chin and heavy hands were the difference
in this rousing battle."
Thomas Scherr in his Twelve Days of
Boxing Christmas List
www.eastsideboxing.com - wrote:
"Day 4: Cunningham vs. Adamek 2: The
first battle was an immediate
cruiserweight classic, topped only by
Evander Holyfield's Cruiserweight wars.
Cunningham, a fighter largely ignored by
the American public is becoming
appreciated even in a loss."
- Top 3 Boxing Fights of 2008
"3. Steven Cunningham v. Tomasz Adamek
(Versus), December 11th, Newark, NJ
With the exception of the two lowest
weight classes, the cruiserweight division
has historically been the most overlooked
class in boxing, but Cunningham and Adamek
put the division on the mapfor 2008 with a
thrilling battle between two strong prime
athletes who came to fight."
Peter Czymbor -
- 8CN Fight Of The Year Awards - although
the winner was Vasquez vs Marquez 111
Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham
&endash; Cruiserweight World Championship
- December 11, 2008 &endash; Prudential
Center &endash; Newark, NJ
Who ever said cruiserweights can't
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
After 12 rounds of nonstop action, the
verdict came in: Tomasz Adamek won via
split decision to become the new
Hopefully 2009 will bring us a sequel
to this classic encounter. The fans want
it and Steve Cunningham certainly wants
- 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."
George Willis -
- writes in his year end article 2008
Boxing Reveals Mixed Results
"There were plenty of special moments
in boxing in 2008: Israel Vazquez and
Rafael Marquez met in an epic third bout;
Antonio Margarito scored a thrilling upset
of Miguel Cotto, the slugfest between
Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham in
Newark demands a rematch; and Manny
Pacquiao's three victories in three
different weight divisions had historic
FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Israel
Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez III. Vazquez
won a 12-round split decision that left
fans wanting IV. Honorable mention:
Margarito vs. Cotto. Adamek vs.
Brett Conway -
- in his article 'The Cruiserweights are
the New Heavyweights
"Then, just a week before
Valuev-Holyfield, Steve Cunningham and
Tomasz Adamek put on what might be the
fight of the year. It was a
styles-make-fights match up as Cunningham
boxed with some power and Adamek stalked
with more power. Adamek knocked Cunningham
down thrice and earned a decision for the
cruiserweight title. A rematch looms. And
we know Adamek is the champ."
Joon Lee -
- in his 2008 End of the Year 2008 Awards
placed Cunningham vs Adamek second to
Vasquez vs Marquez III and wrote:
"2. Tomasz Adamek W12 Steve Cunningham
- The consensus bias on American
cruiserweight title holder Steve
Cunningham was that he was a light
punching, safety-first boxer who hardly
ever produced any excitement. On the other
hand, it was a rarity to see Polish Adamek
in a bad fight. Thankfully for those who
have never seen Cunningham in action, this
was his debut on live American television.
Perhaps it was in his intention to come
out the way he did, and thankful for those
who watched the fight, it created a
back-and-forth action. Unfortunately for
Cunningham, he would visit the canvas on
three different occasions, but would rise
to seemingly get himself back in the
fight. The decision really could've gone
either way, but what's certain is that the
rematch is a must for 2009."
Judi Abate -
- in her 2008: The Years Best article
"A Really Great fight:Tomasz Adamek
Dan Rafael -
- although the winner was Holt vs Torres
round 1 wrote in his Round Of The Year
"Cunningham had already been down in
the second round of this cruiserweight
championship fight, but appeared to even
things up in this all-action frame. It was
all Cunningham early as he rocked Adamek
with a left uppercut and had him holding
on. Cunningham continued his attack and
was teeing off on Adamek, who looked ready
to go. Even if Cunningham couldn't get the
knockout, he was authoring a textbook
example of a 10-8 round without scoring a
knockdown, that's how badly he was
punishing Adamek. But with 30 seconds
left, Adamek landed a right hand that
knocked Cunningham down as the pro-Adamek
crowd went wild. A rejuvenated Adamek
dominated the rest of the round and had
Cunningham in big trouble in a classic
round that had a huge shift in momentum."
Paul Upham -
- In his 2008 Fight Of The Year Report
gave the award to Vasquez vs Marquez III
"Other contenders were Antonio
Margarito's knockout of the previously
undefeated Miguel Cotto, Carl Froch's
furious WBC super middleweight world title
points win over Jean Pascal and Tomasz
Adamek's IBF cruiserweight world title win
on points over Steve Cunningham."
Lou Ciaccia -
- wrote in his TV Man's 2008 Awards:
TV'S ROUND OF 2008: KENDALL
Honorable Mention: Round 12 of Israel
Vazquez-Rafael Marquez II/IV, Round 4 of
Tomas Adamek-Steve Cunningham.
Chris Iorfida -
The 2008 CBCSports.ca Boxing Awards
FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Winner - Israel Vazquez W 12 Rafael
Runner Up - Tomasz Adamek W 12 Steve
These two cruiserweights zoomed to near
the top of the list just a couple weeks
back with an exciting fight that saw
Cunningham dropped three times but win
most of the other rounds. A close fight
that had fans calling for an encore, and
marvelling at Adamek's anvil-like chin.
Mark Staniforth -
- wrote in his article 'Boxing Highlights
WORLD FIGHT OF THE YEAR:
1 Antonio Margarito W TKO 11 v Miguel
2 Israel Vazquez W Pts 12 v Rafael
3 Tomasz Adamek W Pts 12 v Steve
Cunningham: Adamek rallied from the brink
of a stoppage loss in round four to deck
the defending IBF cruiserweight champion
three times en route to a scintillating
split decision win.
Ryan Burton -
- in his article 'Dream Fights For 2009'
As 2008, a terrific year for boxing,
wraps up, let's look ahead to 2009. Here
are ten fights in no particular order that
I would call must-see TV. Although I
picked the fights that I considered great
for the fans, the probability of the
fights having a realistic chance of
happening was also considered
Tomasz Adamek-Steve Cunningham II...
While they aren't household names, they
put on one of the three top fights in
2008. Will Cunningham clean up his
sloppiness that lead to being knocked down
three times? While Cunningham can't gain
any more power and likely won't be able to
knock Adamek out, if he sticks to a sound
gameplan he could outbox Adamek and win a
decision. Adamek now knows that Cunningham
doesn't have the power to hurt him so he
can take more chances in a effort to get
into Cunningham and knock him out. Their
first fight was Versus best fight of 2008
and easily the best fight on free TV. If
Cunningham wins the second fight then we
may have another classic trilogy on our
David Schraub -
- in his Year End Boxing Awards wrote:
CARD OF THE YEAR:
Runner-up: Versus' December 12th card,
featuring Steve Cunningham/Thomas Adamek
and Joseph Abeko/William Gonzalez.
COURAGE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AWARD
Runners-up: Steve Cunningham getting up
after three knockdowns against Tomasz
Adamek, Monte Barrett's energizer bunny
like effort against David Haye.
Luke Kohler -
- wrote in his article 'Ten Fights I want
Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham II
The first fight between the two was a
Fight of the Year candidate, and any
rematches between the two will likely also
be. The cruiserweight division isn't
exactly the deepest division in boxing,
particularly when it comes to name
recognition, so this rematch should be
made on a count of lack of options alone.
Ryan Kaye -
- wrote in his article '2008 End of Year
Boxing Awards: The Scrappys!'
In the category of "Fight of the Year,"
the nominees are: Miguel Cotto/Antonio
Margarito, Steve Cunningham/Tomasz Adamek,
and Israel Vazquez/Rafael Marquez III.
And the Scrappy goes to… ISRAEL
VAZQUEZ/RAFAEL MARQUEZ III.
Brian Wilbur -
- wrote in his article 'RSR's Year in
Round of the Year &endash;
Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez round 12
Honorable Mention: Ricardo Torres vs.
Kendall Holt round 1, Steve Cunningham vs.
Tomasz Adamek round 4.
Fight of the Year &endash;
Antonio Margarito TKO11 Miguel Cotto
Honorable Mention: Israel Vazquez SD
Rafael Marquez, Tomasz Adamek SD Steve
Jason Peck -
- in his article 'Cunningham-Adamek: Did
Public Really Appreciate This Fight?'
a far better fight card than HBO did
the week previously? And for free, too.
Not only was Cunningham-Adamek a sight to
behold, the undercard bout between Joseph
Agbeko and William Gonzalez was likewise
tremendously entertaining. Hopefully
they'll schedule a rematch.
I really want to know what's going to
happen to either Cunningham or Adamek
next. Do you?
I know the real boxing fans are out
there, who actually follow the sport and
hunger for flavor of old-school,
no-bullshit bouts that Cunningham-Adamek
brought to a starving audience. All you
have to do is ask.
Comments made by readers of this
fineart - i watched the fight
with my girl roommate on versus and we
were shouting with excitement!!! full of
CLBinTX - I think the fight went
unappreciated for 3 immediate reasons: 1.
The day of the week. I just don't think
that many people saw it live. Only the
hardcore faithful watch taped/TiVo'd
events where the winner is already known.
2. The network. VS is not widely known or
regarded. It's a commercial network. I was
DESPERATE to hear what the corners were
telling their fights & we got NONE of
that. 3. The division. It's not
covered/followed to anywhere near the
degree that "glamour" divisions are. Put
that all together and we get what you've
observed. It was a great fight & I 'd
love to see these guys do it again.
Unfortunately, in many ways this fight was
just another example of, "pearls before
freddy21x - this was a great
fight, anyone in our close boxing family
watched it, and new they had an instant
classic. The problem is a lot of people do
not know about "versus," the boxing and
MMA are both great.
JC40 - Great article , great
fight and great post " Bruiser". This
fight was what boxing is all about . Two
well matched , well conditioned athletes
leaving nothing on the shelf . A rematch
is a must !
peej - A rematch would be nice.
I still think Cunningham could had pulled
this out but he kept wanting to trade. I
think he won ever round he was not knocked
down in. And one round he was winning
handily till he got knocked down so that
should had really been a 9-9 round. But I
would definitely like to see a rematch.
Fight Aficionado - Yeah let's
see the rematch since the first fight was
fireworks for the cruiser division. Versus
or BAD would suffice. This time promote it
better, which should be easy to do given
the first fight. Also, even though
Cunningham lost IMO his stock rose because
he went out swinging and nobody knew him
since he was buried in Europe before. Now
US audiences will recognize what a quality
boxer he is.
Bruiser - Pavlik-Miranda happened soon
after Oscar-Floyd's white collar sparring
session, and during the Pavlik-Miranda
match you could hear Larry Merchant saying
something to the effect of "If only this
fight had happened a few weeks ago when
millions were watching". In 2008, we
suffer another Oscar fight taking the
spotlight off of what I consider among the
top three fights of the year,
Cunningham-Adamek. What I like about the
cruiserweight division is that all the
best boxers fight each other. Perhaps this
is because the cruiserweight division has
been very poorly promoted, at least
stateside, and virtually ignored
altogether unless a cruiser is making his
heavyweight debut. The author said
something important about MMA...while the
media tends to view boxing's cruiserweight
division as "a place for fat light
heavyweights", in MMA they really push
their 205 pound division heavily because
they know fighters at that weight are very
exciting and crowd pleasing. And unlike
most overeating heavweights today who
throw two punches and are gasping for air,
200 or 205 pounders are able to go full
steam for the length of the fight. Boxing
has yet to pick up on that, while MMA has.
Both Cunningham and Adamek were in great
cardio and physical condition (each in
their own way) and were fighting until the
final bell. That Cunningham was still very
much in the fight despite three knockdowns
was amazing. People often confuse knockout
power with boxing ability, but much like
how Vasquez-Marquez complimented each
other perfectly, Cunningham's boxing
matched up perfectly with Adamek's. The
occasions when that happens shows why
boxing can be so breathtaking. While HBO
is showing Dawson-Tarver II and
Taylor-Wright II, head over to youtube and
find the Cunningham-Adamek fight to
remember what real boxing matchups...no,
what real boxing superfights or 'the dream
match'...should be all about.
Lman - i sure appreciated the
match, it was great, i would also
appreciate a rematch
t-bone - Rematch would be great
t-bone - Best fight in at
cruiserweight in a while.
Fight Aficionado - Yeah this
bout didn't get the props it deserved and
in fact I was shocked that there was only
one story here at ESB in the leadup to it.
The lack of post fight chatter is because
neither guy is a star. But hopefully that
fight made it possible that their stars
will rise down the line.
william - This was a great
fight. I would rate it as the fight of the
year, considering the non stop action,
knockdowns, and no holding through out the
fight whatsoever. If you missed it, check
it out on YOUTUBE.COM and type adamek
cunnigham. Hope to see both fighters on
HBO or SHOWTIME soon.
Boxing Geek - 'Cruiserweight
supremacy on the line'? Does that mean,
Jason, that you agree with The Ring in the
belief that these were the two best
cruiserweights in the world and the winner
is the legitimate champion of the
division? Do you, in this instance,
recognize the Ring champion? Now that I
have the required minimum archenemy duties
out of the way, I will note that /I/ did
not ignore this fight. It /and/ the
undercard are covered on my blog and the
HBO and Showtime fights of the following
Saturday are not. This was certainly the
fight of the week and it is my fight of
majkel - prettyboyybennett - I
agree with u.. it's stupid that people
focus on floyd oscar tec intsead of
talking about the really best fight of the
year. We complain abt television but
televsion organizes fights we want to
watch. Lets all wake up and recognize
TODAY'S (not 1990s) true herooes Adamek
and USS Cunn!
KlitschkosATGs - BigFaces - the
obvious fight for Adamek is Dawson,
instead of him fighting Tarver again, whom
he clearly beat. The other fighters that
are of interest are Tokarev and Alekseev,
get a little Polish/Russian rivalrly
going. Macaroni, no don't want to see
that, way overrated and no chin. Huck,
possibly, but Cunnigham beat him, so
what's that going to prove? Adamek is not
short of opponents, he shouldn't rematch
Cunningham, the fight was good but there
is no dispute as to who won. They could
have a rematch down the line when
Cunnigham gets a couple of wins against
top opponents and maybe a different belt
but at this time let's see Adamek with a
prettyboyybennett - ITS AMAZING
HOW PEOPLE JUST BLACKBALLED THIS FIGHT AND
THEY CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT OSCAR ROY AND
BERNARD. THIS WAS THE FIGHT OF THE YEAR.
HANDS DOWN, PERIOD!
BigFaces - KlitschkosATGs-
Knockout percentage can be deceiving. I
was in the 12th row watching the fight and
trust me Cunningham can hit with power.
Adamek couldn't out box Cunningham so he
made it a dog fight... and Cunningham in a
few spots got careless and caught. The 4th
rd Adamek was damn near out on his feet
and in the last seconds of the round he
lands a big shot to floor Cunningham. He
was clearly getting his ass handed to him.
Adamek has stated he wants a rematch if
the large networks pick up the fight. In
the rematch Cunningham has a big chance to
outbox Adamek but must keep his hands up
because Adamek has good power. Since
Adamek has no plans of moving down who
else should he fight... Enzo Maccarinelli?
Scott - I agree with this
article in that the Golden Boy attitude
towards making great fights is way off and
shameful. The Adamek/Cunningham fight was
one of the better fights I've seen in a
long time. Two way action, multiple
knockdowns, and a high punch volume. I'm
the type of fan who is usually
disappointed by distance fights but when a
fight such as this goes the distance, it's
just as entertaining as even the best
knockouts. Boxing seems to have fewer and
fewer aggressive fighters or guys willing
to put it all on the line. As such I see
this fight as one of the rare gems in more
Yak - good article.. ive always
said USS deserves recognition, hes a
terrific fighter n a true old school
fighter aswell. went to germany to KO huck
in his hometown. here against adamek he
fought like a true champion even in
defeat. adamek is ofcourse a warrior too
Peter - Versus has an excellent
opportunity to do what HBO has failed to
do - use a 24/7 style series to explain
why we should pay attention to the
Cunninghams and Adameks of the boxing
world. 24/7 is very effective at drawing
an audience in to a fight. Versus could
use the format, not to hype big-name,
pointless fights, but to shed light on the
admittedly obscure world of boxing. The
casual sport bar fan wouldn't know why the
upcoming Margarito-Mosley fight is so
compelling, but a 24/7 style show could
quickly change that. Furthermore, what is
MMA doing that boxing isn't in terms of
promoting fights? Have they been better
able to explaint to fans what the truly
important fights are? I don't pay
attention to MMA, so I wouldn't know.
Maybe some letters to Versus to thank them
for the fight and explain to them the
great role they could play in the sport
are in order.
Scorpio - This was one of the
best, most exciting fights I saw all year,
and it was FREE!! While watching was
thinking what I had just paid to see the
De La Hoya/Pacquiao card--even the
undercards sucked on that. Thank you
Adamek and Cunningham and Versus.
BigFaces - Erased- I was at the
fight as well and I think this fight was a
candidate for fight of the year. The
atmosphere was amazing... all the Polish
fans cheering on their guy.
Iskander - Great fight, period.
terror tim - I think this might
have been the 2nd or 3rd best fight of the
year. Right up there with Vasquez vs
Marquez and the other great ones. Do a
rematch but why not put it on an under
card of a PPV. Start stacking those cards.
Rematch - "To stuck in the
moment" A fight like that will put
Cunningham on the map with fans....This is
what boxing needs a guy that gives
everything he has and leaves it in the
ring. GO USS!
Rematch - Everyone out there
wants to see a rematch except the
polish/Adamek fans. They rather have their
polish hero hold onto the belt then go
after fights that entertain the fans.
Rematch is a must and going after sub par
boxers is unacceptable!
stonka - It was a great fight.
Adamek is a beast. The shots he took would
put almost anyone on their ass.
CLUBBER - It was a
classic...what a WAR!!!Both fighters gave
their all and personally i have the fight
1 point win for Cunningham despite the 3
karl sulla - Fight of the Year -
candidate. I like these cruiserweights -
much more fun the heavyweights right now.
Dan Rafael -
- in his 2008 Year End Awards - winner
Vasquez-Marquez III - wrote:
The cruiserweight title bout featuring
Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham rates
among the division's best-ever fights.
On paper, the cruiserweight world
championship fight figured to be an
excellent one given the boxers'
contrasting styles. But who could have
expected a late-year epic, the greatest
fight in the brief history of
Versus-televised boxing and a title bout
that ranked not far behind the first
Evander Holyfield-Dwight Muhammad Qawi
battle as the division's most exciting
fight? Adamek earned the split-decision
victory on the strength of three
knockdowns (in the second, fourth and
eighth rounds), but Cunningham dished out
tremendous punishment of his own --
including the all-action fourth, when he
battered the iron-chinned Adamek for
nearly the entire round before getting
clipped going down late. For 12 rounds,
there was terrific ebb and flow and loads
of furious exchanges.
Dan Rafael -
- in the Year End Cruiserweight division
1. Tomasz Adamek (36-1)
Adamek, a former light heavyweight
titleholder, scored three knockdowns and
won a split decision in a sensational
action fight against Steve Cunningham to
earn recognition as the real cruiserweight
world champion on Dec. 11. It was a great
fight and a rematch is inevitable.
2. Steve Cunningham (21-2)
He gave it everything he had, but he
came up just short in his battle with
Adamek. Cunningham lost his belt, but
gained immeasurable respect from fight
fans for his tremendous effort.
Scott Christ -
- placed Cunningham-Adamek 4th in his Top
20 fights of 2008
4. Steve Cunningham v. Tomasz Adamek
December 11 - Newark, New Jersey
Steve Cunningham brought his IBF
cruiserweight title home to the United
States, fighting on American soil for the
first time since a 2006 bout against Lloyd
Bryan. He had been making his bones in
Poland and Germany, fighting proudly as
one of the world's best cruiserweights.
Polish-born Tomasz Adamek, a former
light heavyweight titleholder, moved up to
cruiserweight in 2007 following a loss to
Chad Dawson. He had yet to fight great
competition, save for former cruiser champ
O'Neil Bell, who looked terrible against
Adamek in an eliminator bout in April.
Cunningham would be the great
cruiserweight test for Adamek, and it
would also decide the new Ring Magazine
champion. London's David Haye had vacated
the crown to go up in weight and try his
hand at revitalizing the heavyweight
I truly think it's safe to say that
even if you expected a good fight from
Cunningham-Adamek, you didn't expect it to
be a Fight of the Year candidate.
Fighting in Newark, Adamek received
great support from the many
Polish-Americans in attendance. The Pole
had relocated to Jersey a while back, too,
and was fighting Philadelphia's Cunningham
on what must have felt like a home court
Cunningham's hand speed advantage was
evident in the first round, and he was
looking fine. He was the faster man, the
better athlete, and the better boxer. But
the fight changed dramatically when Adamek
crushed Cunningham just before the bell at
the end of the second round, dropping the
defending titlist and grabbing momentum.
In the fourth, a Round of the Year
contender emerged. Cunningham wobbled
Adamek, and began a full frontal assault.
He fired on Adamek relentlessly, chasing
him around the ring and leaving nothing to
chance. To be frank, he was fighting
stupidly. The granite-chinned Adamek
wasn't going down -- instead, he walloped
Cunningham to the floor again, and what
was a 10-8 round for Cunningham turned
into a 10-9 or maybe 10-8 round for
Cunningham, though, calmed the pace and
started racking up some points. He was
still very much in the fight, despite
hitting the canvas twice. In the eighth,
though, he went down again, and this time
he looked glassier than the previous
Trailing on my card, I had Cunningham
winning the last three rounds to grab a
113-113 draw. On the official cards, he
lost 114-112, 110-116, and 112-115, a
split decision that was hard to argue
with, but easy to argue, really.
Though Cunningham admitted he didn't
fight his best, and that he got away from
his strengths, the truth is he probably
felt he had little choice by the second
knockdown. He kept on trying to hurt
Adamek and put him down, and he came
fairly close. But if Steve Cunningham
learned anything from this fight, it was
not to slug with a guy who can do it
better. Adamek walked away the new
cruiserweight champion of the world, but
it was such a compelling and excellent
fight that there's no question the only
fight for either of them is a rematch. It
won't happen right away, but let's hope it
does happen sometime in 2009. Every major
network should want a piece of this
Anson Wainwright -
- wrote in his article 'Looking Into The
2009 Crystal Ball Of Boxing'
Just a few weeks back Cunningham was
dethroned by Tomasz Adamek who became a
two weight world champion. A rematch of
the barnstorming first fight will likely
happen in early summer. Hopefully this
time it will gain more attention and both
guys can earn the sort of money they
Cliff Rold -
- in the 2008 Year-End Awards wrote:
Tomasz Adamek-Steve Cunningham: Fans
tuned in December 11th to see what they
assumed would be an interesting fight. Few
expected one of the best fights in the
history of the Cruiserweight division.
Dan Rafael -
- in his article 'A wish list for '09'
"For Tomasz Adamek and Steve
Cunningham, a rematch of their stellar
cruiserweight championship fight on a
network willing pay good money for it."
Cliff Rold -
- wrote in his article 'A Solid Finish -
BoxingScene's Month in Review'
Fight of the Month: Steve
Already selected as BoxingScene's best
Cruiserweight Fight of the Year, this
classic battle was easily the top brawl of
the December and a leading candidate for
Fight of the Year. As described after the
fight here at BoxingScene
George Kimball -
Pacquiao-De La Hoya turned out to be
such a mismatch that it won't get much
support for Fight of the Year. Rather, the
balloting will come down the March war
between Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez
and the Dec. 11 Tomasz Adamek-Steve
Cunningham fight in Newark, N.J. The
latter battle saw Cunningham lose on a
narrow split decision despite going down
three times. Our choice would be the
latter, but the fact that it was waged in
relative obscurity (on Versus) and before
a relatively small segment of the
electorate may hurt its chances.
Daniel "Tex" Cohen -
- wrote in his article 'Pound for Pound
Nationalism Style: The United States'
#8- Steve Cunningham
Say hello to one half of one of the
best cruiserweight fights of all time.
Cunningham recently faced Tomasz Adamek in
a brawl that featured a steel chin and a
stiff punch against a fast set of hands
and feet. Cunningham found himself down
three times in the fight, but managed to
rise all three times to scrape his way
back into the bout. Adamek took the day,
but Cunningham deserves plenty of credit.
The fight could have gone either way, and
Adamek is no slouch. Cunningham's only
other loss was a split decision to
Krzystof Wlodarczyk, a loss he avenged
last year before beating down Marco Huck
in the last round of a close fight. Now a
veteran off the fight game and an
experienced hitter, Cunningham wants a
rematch with Adamek and stands a strong
chance at beating any man in the
Tim Smith -
- in his 'A USA LOOK AT 2008' article
FIGHT OF THE YEAR: You think I'm going
to say Pacquiao-De La Hoya, but you need
both guys throwing punches to constitute a
fight. My pick is Tomasz Adamek-Steve
Cunningham for the IBF cruiserweight title
that very few people saw. I saw it live at
the Prudential Center in Newark, a place
typically reserved for pro hockey. It was
a sparse crowd of just over 5,000 and they
were treated to a rousing display of
courage and guts. Adamek had Cunningham on
the canvas three times in the fight, and
twice he had him down and hurt. But
Cunningham kept bouncing back up and
firing at Adamek, who has a granite chin.
It was a back and forth fight that saw
Adamek squeeze out a 12-round split
decision. How either man stayed upright
for 12 rounds is beyond me.
Eileen Teran -
- wrote The Best Fight You Never Saw:
Steve "USS" Cunningham Vs Tomasz
This scrap turned out to be right up
there in Fight of the Year contenders, in
a year with some top notch fights.
In the end, everyone waited with bated
breath, knowing it was going to be tight,
but the three knockdowns would probably
put Adamek over the top. The scores were
read: 114-112 (Cunningham), 116-110, and
115-112 (both for Adamek), translating
into a breathtaking split decision after
an incredible ring war. Why the one judge
had Cunningham winning in, and the other
two had it very close despite the
knockdowns, were some of those of the
rounds where Cunningham had gone down, he
had done enough work in the round that
some of the judges scored the round 10-9
for Adamek, rather than the customary
If Cunningham had had one more round, I
think he would have finished Adamek, who
was looking pretty exhausted by the end of
this brilliant match up. Adamek, when
asked at the end of the fight, if he would
give Cunningham a rematch, deferred to his
promoter and team. Cunningham said
definitely he'd like to do it again, if
Adamek would have him.
This is what boxing is all about! This
is why we love it.
Michael Cassell -
- wrote in his article 'PHILLY'S TOP 10
#1 Steve Cunningham 21 - 2 - (11 KO's)
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.
Ron Borges -
- wrote in his article Borges' 2009 Wish
a rematch between cruiserweight
champion Tomasz Adamek and Steve
Cunningham on a network willing and able
to showcase them,
Ramon Aranda -
- wrote in his article A Top 10 List of
Fights I Want to See in 2009
Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham II -
If you saw their first encounter a couple
of weeks ago on Versus, then you know you
want to see it again. Adamek and
Cunningham beat each other from pillar to
post. Though Cunningham was dropped a
couple of times, he also rocked Adamek and
generally took more rounds on the cards.
This fight was for the cruiserweight
championship and it was the first fight in
a long time in that division that
delivered the type of sparks and ebb and
flow that fans yearn for. To top it off,
the fight was decided via a close split
decision with both fighters making a good
claim for victory. These are the fights we
want to see and the ones we deserve. Let's
just hope a major cable network would pick
it up next time so they'd have a larger
Brett Conway -
- in his article 'I Remember 2008'
I remember December 11 when in New
Jersey cruiserweights Tomasz Adamek and
Steve Cunningham showed the heavyweights
how titles should be fought and how
champions should be crowned when they went
at it for twelve hard-fought rounds with
Adamek winning a unanimous decision. This
fight deserves a rematch.
Scott Christ -
- wrote 'Adamek Returns Feb 27 on
"I'm rather certain the fight will be
Adamek against the dreadfully boring
Flores, which will hopefully result in
Adamek scoring a crowd-pleasing win and
moving on for a rematch with Steve
G. Leon -
- BOXINGTALK'S DAILY MAILBAG
Hey G- whats good man? I want to give
my quick thoughts on Fight of the Year
2008. For me it was a choice of 3
unbelievable fights- Cotto-Marg,
Vasquez-Marquez, and Cunningham-Adamek.
For me all 3 were great, but
Cunningham-Adamek has my vote. It was so
compelling and every round was a war!
Plenty ebb and flow in this one and I cant
wait to see them go at it again.
Vasquez-Marquez was a very close 2nd!
Hopefully we will see all 3 fights happen
again soon enough.
Leon's Response: My vote went to the
Vazquez-Marquez rubbermatch, but
Adamek-Cunningham was off the hook and
definitely warrants a rematch.
Daniel "Tex" Cohen -
- wrote in his article "A Look at the Best
Pure Boxers in the Fight Game"
Steve Cunningham, 21-2, 11 KO's
Cunningham has a little pop, but he
relies mostly on movement and combination
work in the ring. While Cunningham was
dropped three times in his most recent
(and thrilling) fight against Tomasz
Adamek, he boxed well in that fight and
was very close to walking away with a
victory in spite of the knockdowns.
Cunningham is one of the few truly
exciting fighters on this list in terms of
action inside the ring.
Tim Starks -
- wrote in his article 'Quick Jabs, Round
And Round: Boxing's Game Of Musical Chairs
Continues; Location, Location, Location;
Cruiserweight (200 lbs.) champion
Tomasz Adamek may fight Jonathon Banks in
February, after B.J. Flores pulled out. I
repeat -- Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham II
is the fight Adamek should be making, but
absent that, Adamek-Banks isn't a bad
fight at all.
Philly Keith -
- in his 2008 fight of the year
On a national level, recognition goes
to Steve "USS" Cunningham, who may have
lost his IBF Cruiserweight title, but in
the same breath won over millions of fight
fans for his show of heart against Tomasz
Adamek live on Versus. Cunningham won a
lions share of the rounds but was also
knocked down 3 times in this non stop
slugfest between two of the worlds best. A
rematch just has to be in order. The TV
demand and money will be there you can be
assured of that. The only liability here
is if Adamek decided to hide.
Dennis Guillermo -
- said in his interview with Tomasz
"A lot of people have called your
victory over Steve Cunningham last
December as the Fight of the Year and
personally that was one of the best fights
I've seen in a while. Tell me what that
victory means to you."
Tim Starks -
- in the article 'Round and Round on again
off again' wrote:
"Also, cruiserweight (200 lbs.)
champion Tomasz Adamek says his team has
talked about a possible bout with Roy
Jones, Jr. for June. Adamek wants to get a
bigger name for himself thta a win over
Jones would bring, but at this point in
Jones' diminished career, I bet he could
get more of a name winning that rematch
with Steve Cunningham everyone wants to
Bryan's Boxing Wish List (22nd Jan 09)
Tomasz Adamek (36-1, 24 KO) vs. Steve
Cunningham (21-2, 11 KO) II
Cruiserweight (200 pounds)
Another candidate for fight of the year
in '08 was this knockdown, drag-out fight
between these two top level
Cruiserweights. Steve Cunningham out-boxed
Adamek for much of the fight, but he just
couldn't overcome being sent to the canvas
three times by the heavy-handed Polish
fighter. Even with the three knockdowns,
it was a split decision, and I personally
think it demands a rematch.
Prognosis: I think this fight will get
done. It may not happen right away; I
think both fighters will need to win a
bout or two before facing off for a second
time. Adamek is already defending his
title on Feb. 27th against undefeated
Emanuel Steward-trained Jonathon Banks
(20-0, 14ko). Cunningham is also fighting
pretty quickly-- for a rematch. Check out
this website he started, asking fans to
petition for another fight.
Jake Donovan -
- wrote on the 28th Jan 09 in his article
on boxing on TV
"Last September began the open market
era, when promoters were free to book
dates on the network. Things didn't go
quite as planned, until their December 11
edition, when top contenders Tomasz Adamek
and Steve Cunningham threw down in one of
the great cruiserweight wars in boxing
The bout several hailed as 2008's Fight
of the Year ended with Adamek becoming
just the fifth fighter in the division's
history to claim its lineal claim, riding
three knockdowns and fending off a late
round surge by Cunningham to take a
well-deserved split decision."
Tim Starks -
- wrote (9th Feb 09) in his article In The
Interest Of Establishing Real Boxing
Champions, A List
CRUISERWEIGHT (200 lbs.)
Champion: Tomasz Adamek
Prospects: This one just got unified in
December. It looks like Adamek is going to
hang around for a bit, although he's
hinted he might some day head to
heavyweight. Adamek plans to be busy, so
the belt may change hands, but it looks
like we'll have a real cruiserweight king
for a while one way or the other. A good
bout versus Jonathan Banks is up next, and
#1-ranked Steve Cunningham could be soon
thereafter (keep your fingers crossed for
that rematch), or maybe even Bernard
Ken Hissner -
- wrote (12th February 09) in his article
Why is Steve "USS" Cunningham being
Cunningham lost his title by
controversial split decision in December
to Tomasz Adamek of Poland Cunningham is
#3. Adamek showed he wanted nothing to do
with a Cunningham rematch
The fight between Cunningham and Adamek
over VERSUS was a great fight that not
only merits a rematch but should make both
fighters very viewable for television.
Dan Hernandez -
- in his article (12th February 09) Steve
"USS" Cunningham, Once and Future
Cruiserweight World Champion
Adamek, instead of defending against
Cunningham and repeating their "Fight of
the Year" nominated classic bout, has
opted to defend against Johnathon Banks.
Scott Christ -
- wrote (17th Feb 09) Steve Cunningham:
Still boxing's nicest man
Cunningham has a fight coming up with
Wayne "Big Truck" Brathwaite with a date
to be announced. I don't like to "root"
usually, but USS Cunningham and Adamek
need to get it on again, so I'm hoping
they both win their upcoming bouts and
clash in a rematch later this year. That's
the cruiserweight fight everyone wants to
see as far as I can tell, not that
Adamek-Banks and Cunningham-Brathwaite
aren't pretty good, too.
Associated Press -
wrote (28th Feb 09) Adamek defends IBF
cruiserweight belt with eighth-round KO of
Cunningham was on hand for the bout and
could be in line for a rematch of their
thrilling fight last December, which
Adamek won by split decision in the same
Tom Snares -
- wrote (28th Feb 09) Adamek Stops Banks
Clearly, Adamek showed that his victory
over Steve "USS" Cunningham in late 2008
was no fluke. A rematch with Cunningham
now looms, though names like Marco Huck,
Enzo Maccarinelli, Guillermo Jones and
Giacobbe Fragomeni must be taken into
account as well.
Michael Woods -
- wrote (28th Feb 09) Kronk Kayoed: Adamek
See that photo up there? That is Tomasz
Adamek in action against Steve Cunningham
on Dec. 11, 2008. That scrap took place a
mere 79 days ago, and it was no snoozer.
This was a violent clash, with both men
dishing out and absorbing countless
telling blows. Both men earned a good six
months off. But Adamek, after the win, in
which he snagged Cunningham's IBF
cruiserweight title belt, didn't want the
Jake Donovan -
- wrote (28th February 09) Tomasz Adamek
Overcomes, Cracks The Banks in Eight
Just eleven weeks after winning in a
Fight of the Year candidate in the
Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, lineal
cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek
offered an entry for Knockout of the Year,
stopping previously unbeaten Johnathon
Banks in eight rounds in the same arena.
Cunningham was perhaps the most
interested ringside observer in the arena
for this fight, having longed for a
rematch ever since the end of their epic
battle last December.
Paul Strauss -
- wrote (28th Feb 09) Adamek & Lorenzo
Score KO's & Glen Johnson Dominates
Farhood and Charles both expressed a
desire to see a rematch between Steve
Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek.
Keith Idec -
- wrote (1st March 09) Adamek turns
his attention to next bout
NEWARK &emdash; A playful, smiling
Steve Cunningham waved a Polish flag early
The media members that surrounded him
were busy beating the drums for his
anticipated rematch against Tomasz Adamek.
Philadelphia's Cunningham and Secaucus'
Adamek engaged in one of the most
memorable brawls of 2008 on Dec. 11 at
Prudential Center. Adamek dropped
Cunningham (21-2, 11 KOs) three times en
route to a split-decision win, but the
remarkable back-and-forth action left
fight fans clamoring for an immediate
Adamek, meanwhile, likely will fight in
the main event of a summertime card at The
Rock. Cunningham probably won't be his
"We all know we're going to see [the
Adamek-Cunningham] fight again someday,"
Duva said. "We just don't know when."
When depends on executives at HBO or
Showtime providing a rights fee for
broadcasting Adamek-Cunningham II that is
commensurate to the fan-friendly nature of
their first fight.
"It's not up to me," Adamek said. "I am
a boxer. If the television [people] will
come with a great deal, why not? I will
fight everybody, Steve Cunningham
Patrick Mullin -
- wrote (5th Mar '09) Why Cunningham vs.
Adamek II NEEDS to Happen
While the title they fought for was not
an undisputed one, and the Ring Magazine
championship is just as inconsequential as
all other sanctioning body belts, it was
the desire of the men to hold the
cruiserweight title they were fighting for
that made it mean something. Over twelve
rounds both Cunningham and Adamek battled
on even terms, neither man willing to give
an inch. In the end it was three
knockdowns from Adamek to Cunningham that
made the difference on the scorecards over
twelve grueling rounds. The judges scored
115-112, and 116-110 for Adamek, 114-112
for Cunningham to give the win to Adamek
by a split decision.
All of a sudden by virtue of that bout,
the cruiserweight division earned an
immense amount of respect from fans and
reporters seemingly overnight. It was no
longer a bastardized division made for
small heavyweights, cruiserweights had
carved a niche of their own, with perhaps
the greatest fight in the history of the
division, and certainly the best since the
first clash between Evander Holyfield and
Dwight Muhammad Qawi.
The cruiserweights are now starting to
be seen for what they really are, a fresh
alternative to a lackluster heavyweight
division, comparable in size to many of
the great heavyweights of the past,
including practically all of the
heavyweight greats prior to 1965; Louis,
Marciano, Patterson, Dempsey, Johnson, and
a host of others. They're athletic and
skilled. They can hit with power and score
with speed. They aren't plodding giants
with no excitement factor, or out of shape
sluggers with non-existent technique.
People dissatisfied with the current
heavyweight division and crying for the
days of the past saw a window of
opportunity in the cruiserweight division,
almost a gateway of sorts to the days of
past heavyweight glory, all with one
spectacular effort from two hungry
Adamek and Cunningham don't need a
rematch because the fight was close. The
majority of observers found fault with
Clark Sammartino scoring the bout for
Steve Cunningham and the three knockdowns
Cunningham suffered seemed to take the
fight out of his hands come decision time.
They don't need the fight because
Cunningham wants to be a champion again,
there is the vacant WBO title and the
champions of the WBA and WBC he could
fight rather than Adamek. In fact its not
even Adamek and Cunningham who really need
the rematch. Both the cruiserweight
division, and boxing itself need this
rematch to happen.
One of boxing's main contributors to
its decline in popularity is a lackluster
heavyweight division with non-identifiable
champions and a decreasing American
presence. In the cruiserweights you have
the exact appeal heavyweights of the past
did. An increased interest in this
division is capable of bringing the public
back into the sweet science. Today's
cruiserweights are more comparable to the
all time great heavyweights than today's
heavyweights are. Adamek and Cunningham
ignited a flame that sparked interest in
the curious cruiserweight division.
Another fight between them, with similar
fireworks, may be enough to start a fire
amongst fans and get them onto the 200
pound and under bandwagon.
Tim Starks -
- wrote (6th March 09)
As we discussed in the open thread this
week, I'm torn between cruiserweight champ
Tomasz Adamek fighting Steve Cunningham or
Bernard Hopkins. I do lean toward favoring
Adamek-Cunningham II, because the first
was so good, with the winner fighting
Hopkins. But Hopkins is also continuing to
push for a rematch with Joe Calzaghe. I
can't say I'm all-fire interested in that
"II," and besides, I don't think it'll
Ryan Songalia -
- (9th March '09) in his article "Tomasz
Adamek Enjoying The View From The Top"
Steve Cunningham, whom Adamek bested to
become cruiserweight champion last year in
a Fight of the Year candidate, believes
that if Hopkins comes into the fight at
his intended weight, he can defeat Adamek
TK Stewart -
- (10th March '09) in his article Adamek
vs. Golota - The Polish Fight of The
Then of course here is the tantalizing
rematch with the man that Adamek took the
cruiserweight title from, Philadelphia's
Lee Payton -
- wrote in his article (16th Mar 09) Next
Challenge for BHop: Adamek's Cruiserweight
I couldn't possibly do justice to his
incredible title-winning victory over
Philadelphian, Steve Cunningham in one of
2008's very best fights. If you have seen
it, you know what I'm talking about. If
you haven't... find a copy!
Daniel Poland -
- wrote in his article (30th Mar 09) The
Options for Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz
The fight would take place at The
Prudential Centre, Newark, New Jersey, on
December 11th, 2008. It was such a
fantastic fight and most definitely a
fight of the year contender, it produced
in my opinion the round of the year in
Matthew Hurley -
- wrote in his article (31st March 09) The
Ongoing Heavyweight Mess
Perhaps a ban, or at least a boycott,
of the heavyweight division would change
that general perception and a fight like
the thrilling Tomaz Adamek &endash; Steve
Cunningham cruiserweight championship
would have received more notice.
Main Events promoter Kathy Duva also
said at the post fight presser
"It was the fight of the year of 2008,"