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Below are links to some of the many on-line fight reports and articles regarding Cunningham vs Adamek as well as specific articles on Steve or Tomasz this section is updated on a daily basis sometimes with archived material.

 

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Ringside Report - 24th June 2009

Tomasz Adamek - Steve Cunningham: The Cruiserweight Round Robin

By Daniel "Tex" Cohen-June 24, 2009

Former Cruiserweight Titlist Steve "USS" Cunningham, 21-2, 11 KO's, has never definitively lost a fight. While other fighters in the world may have better speed and power on a Pound for Pound level, Cunningham's abilities have carried him to the top and through battles against some of the best warriors in the world.

Most recently (and famously), Cunningham took on the likes of Tomasz "Goral" Adamek in a seesaw battle for the heart of the cruiserweight division. Adamek managed to drop Cunningham three times in that bout, but Cunningham was also able to hurt his Polish foe with several monstrous shots. In some years, that fight would have ruled the roost as Fight of the Year.

The bout was as exciting as it was close. Cunningham managed to land nineteen more punches and thirty-one more jabs in the fight, but Adamek's 12-punch power shot advantage and the knockdowns carried the day.

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The Sweet Science - 4th June 2009

By Bernard Fernandez

A Battle of Dueling Proverbs

When Poland's Tomasz Adamek wrested the IBF cruiserweight championship from U.S. Navy veteran Steve "USS" Cunningham on a rousing split decision on Dec. 11, in one of the best fights of 2008 or any other year, everyone &endash; well, those of us who actually saw them engage in 12 rounds of give-and-take action &endash; figured a second installment would be forthcoming sooner rather than later.

In a world where rematch clauses in boxing contracts are routinely exercised following fights that weren't such attention-grabbers the first time around (see Chad Dawson-Antonio Tarver I), the seemingly logical notion of pairing Adamek and Cunningham back-to-back was put on pause, like the DVD you were watching when the telephone rang or someone pressed your doorbell.

Cunningham, who has fought only once in the past 17 months, which will oblige him to scrape off a certain amount of rust when he does re-enter the ring &endash; rust-scraping is a familiar complaint of sailors aboard warships when there's no actual battles being waged &endash; figures Adamek and his promotional company, Main Events, have left him in drydock too long. The former bosun's mate and his manager-wife, Livvy, sense ulterior motives behind Team Adamek's decision to proceed with not one, but two less-compelling bouts while Cunningham has had to stand by for his marching orders, another familiar complaint of military personnel.

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Seconds Out - 31st March 2009

By Matthew Hurley

The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess

When I sat down this past Friday night to watch a come-backing Samuel Peter take on rising contender Eddie Chambers I didn't know quite what to expect. After Peter's terrible showing against Vitali Klitschko in which he retired on his stool after eight pathetic rounds I was hoping the 'Nigerian Nightmare' would buckle down and try to regroup. But reports of a dismal training camp proved true and Peter weighed in at a career high 265 pounds. So much for trying to get back to where you once belonged. Peter's lack of focus and, in my estimation, lack of respect for the sport and its fans has become academic in the heavyweight division. Even Chambers, in what should have been enough to get him completely on target &endash; a headlining gig on ESPN against a name opponent &endash; came in overweight. He won a majority decision but I found nothing of value in the performance and it left me wondering if following any of these heavyweights is worth my while.

There are so many wonderful fighters plying their trade in the lower weight divisions to enjoy and some of them are on the cusp of being all time great boxers. Actually some of them may already be there. Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez and certainly the aging but seemingly ageless Bernard Hopkins will walk into the hall of fame with no apologies. Other fighters such as Israel Vazquez, Rafael Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Ricky Hatton, Vic Darchinyan to the diminutive but supremely gifted Ivan Calderon reflect a professionalism that has led them to the inner circle of fan favorites. And there's more, Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham, Andre Berto, Edwin Valero and Tomaz Adamek provide endless thrills but somehow, for some reason, the heavyweight division and it's lack of coherence continues to frustrate fans and media alike to the point of diminishing all that the aforementioned fighters have accomplished. The shadow of the heavyweight division still looms large over the sport in general no matter how inept it is. With no heavyweight figurehead, boxing has suffered and so many great fights and fighters in the lighter weight divisions have flown under the radar of many former boxing fans who believe that boxing is on its death bed. This current crop of heavyweights has a lot to answer for.

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Ringside Report - 30th March 2009

The Options for Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek

T he state of New Jersey has adopted a champion in the very exciting Polish former WBC Light Heavyweight and current IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek 37-1, 25 KO's. Adamek has really made the boxing world take notice since capturing the IBF Cruiserweight Title from Steve "USS" Cunningham.

Adamek who originally hails from Zywiec, Poland, has made New Jersey his home away from home and has really provided the fans with excitement.

What is there not to love about this guy? He has a fan friendly style, he can absorb a huge amount of punishment and can also dish out a lot of it too. You can't help but be a fan.

I will admit I was not the biggest fan of Adamek leading into his first fight with Paul Briggs for the vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Championship on May 21st, 2005, as I had the impression he was a fighter who took to many clean shots and thought he would be exposed when stepping up his competition. That being said, I had only seen brief highlights of him but in the middle rounds of the Briggs fight my mind seemed to have banished any first impression I had as I instantly became a fan. It was a fantastic battle that produced some great rounds of action. Adamek was rocked several times throughout the fight but showed great recovery to battle his way to a majority decision victory.

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ESPN - 29th March 2009

By Don Steinberg

Dearth of rematches isn't a bad thing

We're in a rematch recession.

Just look around. Bernard Hopkins likely won't get the retired Joe Calzaghe again, no matter how much he talks or keeps winning. Vic Darchinyan probably has seen the headlines calling a rematch against Nonito Donaire "unlikely." Any hopes for Antonio Margarito-Miguel Cotto 2 appear scuttled for a while. Ricky Hatton probably is just dreaming that he'll ever get Floyd Mayweather in the ring again. Steve Cunningham is having no luck seeking a return bout with Tomasz Adamek, and, try as he may, Glen Johnson can't get another appointment with Chad Dawson.

Manny Pacquiao seems to be done with fighting Juan Manuel Marquez for now. No more Israel Vazquez versus Rafael Marquez slugfests for the time being. Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres likely met for the last time. And fans have lost interest in another Wladimir Klitschko-Samuel Peter tussle after big brother Vitali disposed of the Nigerian Nightmare in October.

As a matter of fact, there are practically no rematches on the major fights on the schedule right now is a rematch. But is that such a bad thing? The fact is, rematches are all too predictable.

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Boxing News 24 - 19th March 2009

By Chris Williams:

Is Adamek the Best Option for Hopkins?

 

At 44, Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) is interested in picking up a third world title in a different weight class and is looking at the prospect of fighting IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek, according to Dan Rafael from ESPN. You can't blame Hopkins for wanting to continue on with his boxing career, because after all, he recently made Kelly Pavlik look really bad in defeating him by a 12-round unanimous decision in October 2008.

Hopkins, however, has run out of opponents in the middleweight division for him to pick over, and he doesn't seem all that interested in going after Mikkel Kessler, arguably the best fighter in the super middleweight division.

At light heavyweight, Hopkins has the options of fighting Chad Dawson, Zsolt Erdei, Adrian Diaconu, Hugo Garay or Glen Johnson. However, in each case, none of them are popular enough to give Hopkins the kind of fight that he's seeking. He wants attention, and though he would get a lot by the diehard fans in facing any one of those fighters, the casual fans probably won't be all that interested in seeing Hopkins fight opponents that they're not familiar with.

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The Boxing Bulletin - 16th March 2009

By Lee Payton

Next Challenge for BHop: Adamek's Cruiserweight Title

 

Bernard Hopkins will try to add the World Cruiserweight Title to a personal collection that already includes undisputed gold at middleweight and light heavyweight, when he challenges champion, Tomasz Adamek of Poland. The deal is not 100% done, but there is an agreement to fight, probably in July.

Hopkins has already had an amazing career that is sure to get him an invite to Canastota, NY, as soon as he is eligible, so why fight at his age? Why not? He is still one of the very best in the world, and his skills tend to keep him from absorbing the kind of damage that most old guys take if they stick around long enough. In fact, he's so defensively sound that after 12 rounds, you're usually left struggling to remember him taking a clean shot.

He's a one of a kind fighter who is trying to do something special; be the only fighter in history to win undisputed titles from 160 to 200 lbs. That bit of history would look great engraved into his Hall Of Fame plaque.

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Boxing Scene - 10th March 2009

By TK Stewart

Adamek vs. Golota - The Polish Fight of The Century

The original "Fight of the Century" between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali was 38 years ago this week, but the Polish Fight of the Century could take place later this year if one of the world's richest men has his way.

The fight that many Polish boxing fans are thirsting for is a heavyweight showdown between IBF cruiserweight champ Tomasz Adamek and the country's heavyweight bad boy - Andrew Golota. After his rousing win two weeks ago over Johnathon Banks, Adamek hinted that all things are possible and that an eventual rise to heavyweight for him was not out of the question.

Now, one of the richest men in the world, Poland's Zygmunt Solorz, who owns (among other things) the Polish television network Polstat, is willing to step up to the plate in order to make an Adamek-Golota fight a reality..

On Tuesday, at a press conference in Warsaw, Adamek's co-promoter indicated that a match between the two Poles is one that the Solorz wants to bring to fruition. The business magnate obviously possesses the monetary resources to put the fight together and he is of the opinion that it's a fight that all of Poland could be proud of.

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Boxing Scene - 9th March 2009

By Ryan Songalia

Tomasz Adamek Enjoying The View From The Top

When a contender ascends to champion status, he abdicates his role as hunter and becomes the hunted. The champion has what the men beneath him desire, therefore holding all of the cards.

It makes life a lot easier when you don't have to chase opponents down; but with all of the offers filing in, which one do you choose?

This is the situation IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek finds himself in.

A little more than a week has passed since he knocked out previously unbeaten Kronk product Jonathon Banks in eight rounds. Since then several matchups have been discussed, most notably Bernard Hopkins.

Hopkins expounded on his intentions this past Friday on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, where he reprised his role as semi-regular in-studio guest. "This guy has a straight-forward, blood and guts type of mentality. Those are the type of guys I like to fight, who come in there and try to knock you and [are] willing to take that risk. It's going to be a big test for me and I'm willing to take that test."

Hopkins said that Adamek makes the most sense since Joe Calzaghe is unlikely to return for a rematch. He said that his target weight for the challenge would be between 180 and 185 pounds. Adamek weighed in at 199 for the Banks fight.

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411Mania - 5th March 2009

By Patrick Mullin

Why Cunningham vs. Adamek II NEEDS to Happen

The possibilities for boxing lie here...

Perhaps no division in boxing has been as lightly regarded for its entire history as the cruiserweight division. Its inception in the late 1970's was founded on the belief that smaller heavyweights ranging from 176 to 190 pounds were at an unfair disadvantage facing the heavyweights regularly ranging in size from 220 to 230 pounds.

While all time great heavyweights such as Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis would be seen in modern terms as cruiserweights, the fact is that they were heavyweights, and great ones, and forever synonymous with that division. When the cruiserweight division was founded, the fighters were seen as too small to compete with the heavyweights, and not disciplined enough to make the light heavyweight limit. They were merely being granted a division of convenience due to their own physical limitations.

The division has seen changes over the years as well. While the current weight limit is 200 pounds, it was initially 190 pounds, and at some times ranged anywhere from 185 to 195 pounds. It was also at times officially referred to(most famously by the WBA) as the junior heavyweight division, immediately making them seem inferior to the men fighting north of their weight limit.

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North Jersey/Herald News - 1st March 2009

BY KEITH IDEC

Herald News

Adamek turns his attention to next bout

NEWARK &emdash; A playful, smiling Steve Cunningham waved a Polish flag early Saturday morning.

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 rematch.

Adamek instead knocked out previously undefeated contender Johnathon Banks in the eighth round of their compelling cruiserweight championship match early Saturday at The Rock. Banks (20-1, 14 KOs) seemed to stun Adamek (37-1, 25 KOs) with a right hand of his own only moments before Adamek drilled Banks with a right hand that dropped the Detroit fighter in his own corner.

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Doghouse Boxing -1st March 2009

Adamek Stops Banks in the 8th Round in Newark

By Ken Hissner

Poland's Tomasz Adamek retained his IBF cruiserweight title Friday night stopping previously unbeaten Jonathan Banks at 1:50 of the 8th round at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey before over 5,500 fans screaming "Polska" and Adamek".

For the first 5 rounds Detroit's Banks, 20-1 (14) used his jab while Adamek, 37-1 (25) used his right hand trying to counter Banks over his jab. In the 6th round Adamek seemed to even things up rocking

Banks with a left hook to the head. "Banks started slowing down after the 4th round," said former IBF champ Steve Cunningham after the fight. He was more than a interested "fan" hoping to fight the winner.

"This is a bigger crowd then in December for Adamek-Cunningham," said Main Events promoter Kathy Duva. She was quite pleased as she should be. Duva and Adamek both evaded the question "is Cunningham next?" Adamek can pass it to Duva but she has final say. Banks is rated #7 and Cunningham dropped to #3 behind #2 B.J. Flores with #1 vacant. Flores couldn't work out a deal with Duva to fight Adamek.

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The Sweet Science - 28th February 2009

By Michael Woods

Kronk Kayoed: Adamek Stops Banks

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 down time. He told promoter Kathy Duva that he wanted to glove up again, and soon. So she booked him a title defense, against Johnathan Banks at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Friday evening.

Adamek, who would've been second-guessed furiously if he'd come up short against Banks, knew exactly what he was doing. He fought at a measured pace, and dragged young Banks, who'd been tutored by Manny Steward, into the deep end, and dunked him. The end came at 1:30 of the eighth, after Banks' energy waned; Adamek scored a knockdown and came in for the kill, and the TKO win, on a man who didn't have the experience under his belt to stay the course, and keep a stubborn, strong, seasoned Pole at bay.

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Boxing Scene - 28th February 2009

By Jake Donovan

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.

The bout headlined a televised doubleheader aired live on Showtime.

Chants of "Ah-dah-mek!" filled the Prudential Center pretty much from the moment the co-feature bout ended, making the arena feel like Little Warsaw. Banks knew he was in hostile territory the moment he received his cue to make his way toward the ring, entering to a chorus of boos from the sold out crowd.

The boos turned to an eruption of cheers as Adamek was treated to a hero's welcome the moment his face was visible. It didn't die down until the action in the ring called for a more appropriate reaction.

It came earlier than expected, as the bout opened to a slow start. Banks picked things up midway through the round, with consecutive right hands driving Adamek to the ropes, forcing the champion to readjust. The remainder of the round was relatively quiet, until Adamek landed a right hand before the bell, much to the delight of the partisan crowd.

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Eastside Boxing - 28th February 2009

By Paul Strauss:

Showtime came up with the more exciting night of boxing at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. when both Tomasz Adamek and Giovanni Lorenzo scored big knockouts. Neither fighter had an easy time of it though, as both were rocked.

Giovanni Lorenzo pulled closer to a show down with King Arthur Abraham when he did in Dionisio Miranda in defense of his IBF Middleweight Title. He started cautiously, but looked strong and solid in the first round. About two minutes into the second round, he started to step up the action, as it was evident Miranda could not fight backing up. However, Miranda did manage to land a good right to the chin of Lorenzo, which Lorenzo withstood well. Only a few seconds passed, and Lorenzo landed his own big right hand, and down went, he wasn't getting up. It was a one-punch knockout at 2:48 of the 2nd round. Now, the question is can Lorenzo afford to get hit with one of King Arthur's punches like he did with Miranda?

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Boxing Scene - 24th February 2009

by: Lyle Fitzsimmons

Banks: Cruisers a Step Down From Klitschko

It sounds a lot like bravado.

But when Johnathon Banks claims stepping into a ring with a cruiserweight &endash; like IBF champion Tomasz Adamek this weekend, for example &endash; is "a breath of fresh air," he insists it's not a slight toward his fellow world-class competitors in the 200-pound weight class.

Rather, it's indicative of how tough the Detroit native's "day job" really is.

Banks, who's won 20 straight fights and scored 14 knockouts in a pro career that began in 2004, spends the bulk of his time between the ropes being hunted by much larger quarry &endash; as the lead sparring partner for consensus world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

"Every day you get in the ring with him you know he's going to push you to perform and push you to get better," Banks said of the mammoth Klitschko, who stands a shade above 6-foot-6 and usually weighs in a few pounds north of 240.

"It's the same as me preparing for an actual fight. You have to go in there ready to go or you're going to get hurt. And by the time I'm done working with him I'm in the same or even better condition than I would be at my own training camp."

A long-time protégé of Kronk guru Emanuel Steward, the 26-year-old Banks first began working with Klitschko when the heavyweight was preparing to meet DaVarryl Williamson back in 2004.

To read full article in Boxing Scene click here...

Bokser..org & Boxing Scene - 20th February 2009

Adamek's Trainer Takes a Look at The Banks Defense

by Mariusz Serafin/Tomasz S. Galazka (bokser.org)

On February 27, Tomasz Adamek (36-1, 24 KO) will touch gloves with the undefeated Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) in Newark, NJ, in his first IBF junior heavyweight title defense after the magnificent 12-round war in December against Steve Cunningham, when he won the champion's belt. We speak with Adamek's trainer Andrzej Gmitruk about the upcoming fight.

Mariusz Serafin: How are the preparations for Tomasz's fight against Banks?

Andrzej Gmitruk: We have entered the final phase, strong specialized training. We had to remodel the training plan totally, due to the short period of time elapsed since the previous fight. We had so little time, we couldn't reprise certain elements of preparations the way we did before the previous fight, I'm thinking here of speed and stamina issues mostly. We are now in a very intense sparring period, on Monday Tomasz had his first, ten-round sparring against three opponents. Yesterday he had a day off, with only massages and biological refreshment scheduled. Today he's in for a minor, six-round sparring against two partners, but that's oriented on a particular issue - the timing, that is, when to keep distance and when to attack. In these technical sparrings we mostly try to improve the final phase of the attack, so that there would be no pauses and as few hits taken as possible, because we know Jonathan Banks does pack a punch, so the defense has to be tight.

To read the full interview in Boxing Scene click here...

Eastside Boxing - 19th February 2009

Exclusive Interview With Jonathon Banks - "Adamek's Got To Realise He's In With A Guy Who Can Punch"

By James Slater

Unbeaten 26-year-old cruiserweight contender Jonathon Banks of Detroit faces Poland's Tomasz Adamek this coming Feb. 27th. Trained by the legendary Hall of Famer that is Emanuel Steward, the 20-0 (14) Banks is seen by some as the next big star of the 200-pound division.

Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer so close to the biggest and most important fight of his career, the challenger had the following answers to my questions as we spoke on the phone earlier today.

James Slater: Thank you for taking time out to speak with me so close to the fight. Firstly, how has training been going?

Jonathon Banks: Oh, training's been going excellent. I've had no problems at all..

J.S: Who have you been sparring with for Adamek?

J.B: A whole variety of guys, not just one fighter in particular. Emmanuel Nwodo was one of them.

To read full interview on eastsideboxing.com click here...

SaddoBoxing - 17th February 2009

Boxing Perspective: History Of The Cruiserweight Division - The 1980's

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

The cruiserweight division is 30 years old this year. Historically the class has failed to receive the attention it deserves, seemingly looked upon by many, fighters and fans alike, as a stepping stone for boxers from lighter divisions in their quest for fame, glory and huge pay days in the heavyweight class or a home for those that just can't cut it up with the 'big boys'. This perception may have been true a few years ago, but these days the cruiserweight contenders are just that, they are not wannabe heavyweights or chubby light heavyweights, they are cruiserweights by choice.

Over the years the cruiserweight division has also suffered with the confusion caused by it's positioning between heavyweight and light heavyweight. One suggestion floated to rectify this is to revert to it's original title, junior heavyweight. Another being to rebrand it as heavyweight with the current class carrying that moniker redefined as, more appropriately these days, super heavyweight.

That aside, cruiserweight contests have been gaining in popularity recently with the media and boxing fans alike, many claiming their preference for exciting cruiserweight action over the grossly hyped and oh so boring heavyweight division. This newly found popularity has been attributed by many in the know to the magnificent Steve 'USS' Cunningham vs Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek IBF championship bout which took place in December 2008 and shown live on network television by Versus.

Whilst this may be true, If the television networks had shown more of the magnificent cruiserweight battles of the past the fans would have been hooked far sooner - Way back in 1986 Holyfield-Qawi, which stands alongside Cunningham-Adamek as one of the greatest cruiserweight fights, if not fights, of all time, showed the boxing public just how great this division can be. It had it all, but still the class was ignored. Jirov-Toney in '03 was another magnificent battle. I could name many more but they are all covered in detail later - They didn't and it was their, and our, loss. We can only hope that the networks have learned from their past mistakes and show more cruiserweight battles.

OK, enough on that, this article is about the history of the cruiserweight division so without further ado here we go.

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Fighthype - 17th February 2009

Johnathon Banks Steps Up To The Plate.

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

On the 27th February at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey, 26 year old Johnathon Banks from Detroit, Michigan, will be undertaking the toughest challenge of his short professional career when he battles for the coveted IBF Cruiserweight World Championship belt.

Banks' opponent on the night will be Jersey City's Polish ex-pat Tomasz "Goral" Adamek who won the IBF title in December '08 by beating then Champion, Philadelphia's Steve 'USS' Cunningham by a close split decision. The fight had it all, excitement, drama and three knockdowns and had been hailed by the media and fans alike as "Fight of the Year" contender as well as the best Cruiserweight battle of all time.

Banks' meteoric rise to championship challenger in just his fifth year as a professional prizefighter is testament to his undoubted skill as well as his determination to succeed at the sport of boxing even in the face of adversity

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BoxingScene - 16th February 2009

Crowning And Recognizing A Lineal Champion &endash; Part I

By Jake Donovan

Purists suggest that it's the influx of alphabet organizations that led to the demise of boxing. Too many people calling themselves champion, not enough clarity or accountability in those divisions where such titlists refuse to unify or even take risks.

It's a fair argument only if your chief complaint centers on the difficulty of keeping up with who is the man to beat in a given division.

Otherwise, there's no little to suggest that a few extra belt holders floating around have contributed that greatly to the demise of the sport, at least from a ratings standpoint. Unification matches and fights featuring the best versus the best take place far more frequently today than was the case really at any point during the 1990's.

Sure, the sanctioning bodies still make more questionable decisions than favorable ones, but there were far more fans 20, even 15 years ago then the sport presently claims today.

Nevertheless, some in the sport decided to do something to eliminate, or at least reduce, the confusion that comes of more than one fighter in each division calling himself "champion."

The first wave began in the mid-1990's, during the ring walk for the HBO-televised rematch between James Toney and Montell Griffin. Toney entered the ring while a member of his entourage hoisted an alphabet title in the air. It wasn't a major title, but was still sold as a "world championship," prompting color commentator Larry Merchant to declare that it was time to simply pick a single fighter in each division to serve as THE champion, with all others to be deemed "titlists."

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RingLeaderFightNews - 13th February 2009

Steve "USS" Cunningham, Once and Future Cruiserweight World Champion

By Dan Hernandez

Steven Ormain Cunningham, born on July 15, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an American professional boxer, sporting a career record of 23-2-0, with eleven of those victories coming by way of knockout. Having challenged Kryzsztof Wlodarczyk, 41-2 (31 KO's), for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight title on November 26, 2006 and losing via a controversial split decision in the hometown of the champion, Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. Because of the furor over the decision, Steve seized the opportunity and the title in a rematch, winning decisively in 2007.

After defending his crown by knocking out, previously undefeated, Marco Huck, 24-1 (19KO's), "USS", Steve's nickname acquired from his stint in the U.S. Navy from 1994 through 1998, and serving aboard the aircraft carriers, USS America and USS Enterprise, lost his championship and the chance to obtain the vacant Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Championship, by split decision to Tomasz Adamek, 36-1 (24 KO's). Although knocked down in the second, fourth, and eighth rounds, USS felt the decision should have been in his favor and is clamoring for a rematch.

To read full article and interview with Steve 'USS' Cunningham click here...

FightNews - 13th February 2009

Q&A: Emanuel Steward

By Matt Richardson

Boxing will return to the Mecca, Madison Square Garden on Monday night, March 16th, the night before Saint Patrick's Day to feature a bevy of Irish and Irish American boxers, it was announced at a press conference on Wednesday in New York City. Former WBC bantamweight title-holder Wayne McCullough is scheduled to fight on the card against an opponent to be determined. McCullough (27-7, 18 KO's) hasn't won a fight since 2004 and is determined to get back on the winning track. A similar story line will take place in the main event as middleweight prospect Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KO's) will attempt to further distance himself from an upset loss last year to Brian Vera when he takes on multiple title challenger Antwun Echols. Echols, though, also hasn't won a fight in five years and is just 0-4-3 in his last seven fights. Fightnews had a chance to catch up at the press conference with Lee's trainer, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, to discuss the fight, Echols' presumably small chance of an upset, Steward's other fighters and much more. Read on to see what Steward had to say.

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GoFightLive -12th February 2009

Fransisco Palacios: Ready to take over the Cruiserweight division

February 12th, 2009

by GFL

In the past few months one of boxing's most forgotten divisions has recently received a shot in the arm with great events and exposure in a reality television show. But not all of the top fighters in the cruiserweight division have received that glimmer of exposure that fights such as the recent Tomasz Adamek-Steve Cunningham battle or the type of publicity The Contender has provided for fighters.

This Saturday night in Sunrise, Florida, Don King (along with a handful of other promoters) will stage a marathon thirteen bout card and one of the fights that will not make the American broadcast features one of those little known yet talented Cruiserweights.

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Doghouse Boxing - 12th February 2009

Why is Steve "USS" Cunningham being ignored?

By Ken Hissner

Former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve "USS" Cunningham 21-2 (11), of Philadelphia is going through what Kelly Pavlik went through prior to his fight with Jermain Taylor by trying to get a title bout. Pavlik beat the top contender Edison Miranda and still couldn't get into the IBF or WBA ratings.

Cunningham is not in the WBC ratings. He won the IBF title in a rematch over Krzysztof Wlodarczyk of Poland to gain the IBF title. This is the same Wlodarczyk who is the #1 contender in the WBC. In a title defense Cunningham stopped now European champion Marco Huck of Germany who is #6 in the WBC. Cunningham cannot even get into their top 40. He is negotiating to fight former WBC champion Wayne Braithwaite of Guyana who is #7 in the WBC.

The same goes for the WBO ratings. Former WBO champ and now #3 Enzo Maccarinelli refuses to fight Cunningham. #10 is Huck who Cunningham stopped and yet, no place in the ratings for Cunningham in their top 15. Huck is also #6 in the WBA ratings while Cunningham is at #9. Cunningham has a win over their current champion Guillermo Jones back in 2005 which was the last time Jones was beaten. Both Jones and Cunningham are promoted by Don King so why doesn't he make a rematch happen?

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Queensberry-Rules - 9th February 2009

In The Interest Of Establishing Real Boxing Champions, A List In The Interest Of Establishing Real Boxing Champions, A List

Joe Calzaghe's retirement should bring his relinquishing of the Ring magazine title belt at light heavyweight, with the Ring belt being the one title that matters most because it traces its lineage back to the days when there was only one champion in each division.*

Unfortunately, it'll be one more vacancy in a list of many: Of the 17 divisions, only six will have authentic champions.

Since the vacancies can only be filled by a meeting between the #1 and #2 ranked fighters in each division, and occasionally between the #1 and #3 ranked fighters if the Ring board votes to put the belt up in those circumstances, boxers need to start filling those openings. Remember: It's free of charge, because unlike all the other sanctioning organizations and their various fees, winning the Ring belt doesn't cost anyone a penny.

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Sweet Science - 22nd January 2009

Bryan's boxing wish list

It was announced recently that the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton has been finalized and will go down May 2 in Las Vegas, Nev. After jumping for joy, slapping high fives to a few people (one person, actually, and she didn't know why), I decided to write about a few other fights I feel need to get done in 2009. I may have left off a few, but I didn't want this to be longer than it already is (sorry to the people I'm forcing to read this). Let me know what fights you would like to see in 2009.

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8 Count News - 20th January 2009

By Dennis Guillermo

Straight From D Source:

If you didn't see his fight against Steve Cunningham last December, then you definitely missed out on what a lot of boxing fans have called 2008's fight of the year. Thomasz Adamek overcame Cunningham's superior craft with his heavy hands en route to a thrilling split decision victory. The fight was telecast on the VS channel, but the last time I checked there's videos of the entire fight posted on Youtube. Adamek is the first Polish boxing world champion and is revered in his homeland. He recently moved to America so he can fight the biggest names in the sport. Adamek is set to fight again on February 27 to be shown on VS. I caught up with Thomasz and his manager/ interpreter Ziggy Rozalski for an interview. We talked about his most recent fight against Cunningham and his future plans.

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Queensberry-Rules - 16th January 2009

By Tim Starks

Quick Jabs, Round And Round: Boxing's Game Of Musical Chairs Continues; Location, Location, Location; More

Above are the two prospects who tonight will kick off the season debut of Showtime's Shobox, the network's show oriented toward putting youngsters in against the toughest opponents of their careers. On the right is Leonilo Miranda; on the left is Orlando Cruz. Both weighed in at 127 pounds. Both are undefeated against questionable opposition, but Miranda's record is particularly gaudy at 23 of 24 wins via knockout. I'm interested to find out if he's for real -- writers I respect have heard he is. Also on the card is the pro debut of 2008 U.S. Olympian Gary Russell, Jr., who's less experienced than your usual Shobox fighter, and whose opponent is presumably roadkill-in-waiting. He weighed in at 127 pounds, too. There's very little value in televising a fighter's pro debut, if you ask me, and the novelty of seeing some of the Olympians in action has worn off, at least until they step up the competition a little. There's also a third bout.

To read full article including Tim's comments on Adamek -Banks click here...

Ringside Report - 14th January 2009

By Daniel "Tex" Cohen

A Look at the Best Pure Boxers in the Fight Game

Floyd Mayweather is the best pure boxer on the planet. The biggest vacuum created by the Mayweather departure was not in the category of boxing stars or even in the welterweight ranks. What can be truly missed about Mayweather was his ability to emulate those great fighters of yesteryear, the boxers that truly made the sweet science into the sport of Daniel Mendoza. Sugar Ray Robinson and Willie Pep may have better resumes than Mayweather, but he carried their styles and their heritage more capably and strongly than any other fighter alive before the Pound for Pound King retired.

If you don't believe that, make a list of the best pure fighters on the planet. See if you don't find Ivan Calderon at the top of that list. Then, tell me with a straight face that Ivan Calderon is not one of boxing's greatest pure boxers.

If you are still smiling, you're either pathological or you have never heard of Ivan Calderon.

With absolutely no knowledge of who you put on your list, RSR presents the top ten pure boxers in today's fight game.

To read the full article including Steve 'USS' Cunningham's inclusion on the list click here...

Philly Keith - 11th January 2009

By Philly Keith

2008 Philly Fights of the Year

Philly boxing 2008... overall it was another good year but in the same breath it has to mentioned that there was a significant drop off in the amount of action as only 17 professionally sanctioned cards happened in this year. Most nights were solid though we did have a few duds and also a few memorable barn burners. Through my eyes, there was no clear cut fight of the year winner in 2008 so I will not designate one particular match. Instead, I will highlight some of the best performances of the year. As always, it is open to discussion, feel free to comment if you agree, disagree, omissions etc. At some point in 2009, www.phillyboxinghistory.com will give out the Briscoe Awards which will recognize one fight as the best of '08. Visit the site and cast a vote there if you wish.

Without further ado, I give you the Philly Keith Sports 2008 nominees for Fight of the Year!

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Max Boxing - 9th January 2009

By Brett Conway

I Remember 2008

I remember boxing in 2008, but my memory runs backwards.

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.

I remember Canadian via Haiti Jean Pascal flying over to Nottingham, England, and showing that although he may do an imitation of Roy Jones's style in the ring, he has a big heart as he slugged it out with undefeated Carl Froch for twelve rounds for one of the 168-pound straps. Froch came out on top, becoming one of many contenders for the title vacated by Joe Calzaghe. He now joins the ranks of Mikkel Kessler, Librado Andrade, Lucian Bute, Bernard Hopkins (maybe), Jermain Taylor, and Andre Dirrell as a contender. Like the welterweights, this division has some depth and some great potential match ups.

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411 Mania - 7th January 2009

By Ramon Aranda

If I had a wish list for the next twelve months, this would be it. But is it yours as well? Let's find out.

I'm sure we've all begun to put together New Year's resolutions and wish lists for 2009, but after mulling over some upcoming fights, I had the idea that I'd put together a wish list of fights that I'd like to see happen this year. Of course I've omitted any fights that have already been officially signed and may include those that may very well be in the final stages of getting inked, but have not yet been.

Some of you may agree with the list and some of you may not. Perhaps you have your own fights that you'd like to see that I didn't list or think that one of these following bouts doesn't mean a whole lot to you. Either way, I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Now let's get rolling!

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Ringside Report - 6th January 2009

By Eileen Teran

The Best Fight You Never Saw: Steve "USS" Cunningham Vs Tomasz Adamek

While the boxing world's attention was caught up in the spectacle that was the Oscar De La Hoya &endash; Manny Pacquiao debacle, five days later, a fantastic fight was fought in Newark, New Jersey, of all places, and it did boxing fans proud. Too bad most of us missed it. It might have gone a long way in nursing our De La Hoya hangovers.

The rugged Philadelphia native, named Steve "USS" Cunningham, 21-1, 11 KO's, was the IBF Cruiserweight Champion who faced the tough- as- nails Polish native, Tomasz Adamek, 35-1, 24 KO's. This scrap turned out to be right up there in Fight of the Year contenders, in a year with some top notch fights.

Adamek, who now lives not too far from Newark, in Jersey City, New Jersey, is known in the boxing world as a good, hardworking family man. He was pleased that his wife and child recently moved to New Jersey, reuniting his family. He had a huge crowd on hand with him this night, a sea of red and white, giving the air of a European city rather than a rejuvenating American city. These knowledgeable Polish fight fans rocked the one year old venue, the Prudential Center, cheering loud and long for their man.

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Philaboxing Report - 6th January 2009

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...

TheSweetScience - 6th January 2009

by Ron Borges

Borges' 2009 Wish List

Boxing officially begins the New Year this week and while the sport continues to have its problems there remains much to be hopeful about.

Frankly, the biggest hope may be the faintest. It is that some heavyweight finally emerges from the dark cloud that has enveloped the division for so long and finally captures the imagination of the public. It has been so long since Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe and, to a lesser extent, Lennox Lewis thrilled fight fans that one begins to wonder if the heavyweight division still exists.

This is not simply because all the reigning title holders are European (the Brothers Klitschko and Nikolay Valuev) although in a country as parochial as the United States that doesn't help. It is rather that which ever one you're watching at any given moment convinces you he's worse than the guy you saw before him, who you were quite sure had to be the worse guy in the division. This is not a good thing for boxing.

To read Ron Borges' complete wish list including a rematch of Cunningham vs Adamek click here...

FrankWarren.tv - 5th January 2009

By Tim Smith

A USA Look At 2008

Looking back at 2008 it was a busy year in boxing and there were quite a few surprises.

I thought Bernard Hopkins was dead after he got so easily handled in a brilliant performance by Joe Calzaghe.

But like those vampires in those old movies, Hopkins rose up from his coffin and took a bite out of Kelly Pavlik, whom I was growing to believe was the cream of the American boxing crop.

I'm only going to hand out a few 2008 awards and then try to present a look forward into 2009. Here goes:

For full article including Cunningham vs Adamek as FOTY click here...

Ringside Report - 4th January 2009

By Daniel "Tex" Cohen

Pound for Pound Nationalism Style: The United States

America has always been the land of modern Boxing. With names like Jack Johnson, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali, there is a good case that America has more historical pound for pound status than any other country in the world. When Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling, he broke home to America one of the greatest victories of the early twentieth century (and that doesn't just include Boxing).

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave if you believe the national anthem. In the United States, the elite fighters are sometimes treated to training conditions that better condition the fighter. A decent shower and a real bed can do wonders for the soul and the psyche.

On the other hand, growing up in less than stellar conditions can make and keep a man hungry for victory and yearning in his efforts to reach the top levels of his profession. Deprive him his bread and he will fight for it. In this way, America might take the speed out of some fighters. Nevertheless, some Americans still have plenty of stamina and hunger; Many fighters come out of the rough neighborhoods of the Northeast, the West Coast and Middle America. Youngstown, Ohio, is known for prize fighters and the town fell apart with the collapse of the steel industry.

This beckons the question: What helps a man rise to the top? Does discomfort destroy riches? America is the perfect battleground between these two metaphorical warriors. Don't tread on RSR's official American Pound for Pound List:

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Boston Herald - 4th January 2009

By George Kimball

Pac-Man- Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach to get their due

The ballots haven't even gone out yet, but two of the year's major boxing awards appear to be foregone conclusions. Manny Pacquiao, who capped a year in which he won three significant fights at three different weights with a one-sided evisceration of Oscar De La Hoya four weeks ago, looms the hands-down winner as 2008's Fighter of the Year, while Dedham's Freddie Roach is such an obvious choice to win his third Trainer of the Year Award that the only real question is whether the vote will be unanimous.

Pacquiao and Roach will be in New York to collect their hardware at the Boxing Writers Association of America dinner on April 27, and while the events of Dec. 6 represented their crowning achievement of the year just passed, 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.

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Boxing Scene - 2nd January 2009

By Cliff Rold

A Solid Finish - BoxingScene's Month in Review

While far from the busiest month on the 2008 calendar, December produced the richest fight of the year (Pacquiao-De La Hoya) along with three spectacular wars. On December 11th, an old-school Don King card broke out with the best fights of the year in both the Cruiserweight and Bantamweight divisions. On the same day as the described mega-show, Carl Froch and Jean Pascal tore into each other to produce the best Super Middleweight battle of the year. Add in an appearance by leading Heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko and a noisy controversy at the end of Nicolay Valuev-Evander Holyfield, and December provided a fitting end to a second consecutive solid year for fistiana.

This is the month in review.

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BoxingScene - 2nd January 2009

By Cliff Rold

BoxingScene.com's 2008 Year-End Awards Part II

Yesterday, BoxingScene recognized some of the best in Boxing 2008. We saved the best for last. Without further ado, staff voting for Fighter, Fight and Round of the Year is revealed.

Fighter of the Year: Manny Pacquiao

Perhaps Boxing's most thrilling elite fighter, the current pound-for-pound king Pacquiao was the clear choice for fighter of the year in 2006 when he stopped Erik Morales twice and punished former titlist Oscar Larios in between. 2006 has been topped. A unanimous staff choice, no fighter had a bigger year in 2008 than the Filipino icon. Factor in Pacquiao's in, and out of, ring impacts and no one else comes close.

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Pound4Pound.com - 1st January 2009

By Tim Donaldson

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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espn.com - 1st January 2009

A wish list for '09

by Dan Rafael

The new year is upon us, so here are some of the things I'd like to see in boxing in 2009:

For the Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao fight to be signed, sealed and delivered as quickly as possible so nothing messes it up.

For Floyd Mayweather Jr. to end his farce of a retirement and fight the winner of Hatton-Pacquiao -- preferably Pacquiao, since we've already seen Mayweather knock out Hatton.

For Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz, a lightweight championship fight that lives up to its considerable potential.

For Oscar De La Hoya, if he elects to fight again, to not make excuses about his weight or training camp as a reason he was annihilated by Pacquiao.

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