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Press Release: 17th February 2009

Photo: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Steve 'USS' Cunningham Supports Old Foe Adamek.

When Jersey City's Polish ex-pat Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek defends his IBF Cruiserweight title, on the 27th February 2009, against Detroit's Johnathon Banks at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey; he will have an unexpected supporter cheering him on ringside, former Cruiserweight King Steve 'USS' Cunningham.

On the 11th December '08 former Light Heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek secured the IBF and Ring Magazine Cruiserweight World titles in a close split-decision win over the then champion, Steve 'USS' Cunningham. In the end it was so close no matter which way the decision went there couldn't and wouldn't be any complaint. The fight had it all, nonstop action, drama and three knockdowns, and as such was hailed by many in the media as "Fight of the Year" candidate and the greatest Cruiserweight fight of all time, no mean feat when the previous holder of this accolade was the awesome 1986 war between the legendary Evander 'The Real Deal' Holyfield and Dwight Muhammad 'Camden Buzzsaw' Qawi.

'USS' Cunningham, who later this year is to face former WBC title holder, Wayne 'Big Truck' Braithwaite, in an IBF title eliminator, explained his reasons for supporting his old foe and gave his thoughts on the upcoming Adamek-Banks battle. ""I'm looking forward to watching this. It should be a good fight. Their styles call for action. Johnathon seems like he can crack. He can take them as well as throw them. And Adamek, is tough, he's a good solid, fighter.

The fight could go either way. I know I want the winner of the fight! I'll be rooting for Tomasz. Yeah, I'd want to fight Johnathon if he wins. But, you know, I really want the rematch, I want my title back and I want to take it back from Tomasz.

I believe I am the best cruiserweight in the world. I know the fans saw that in my last fight. I don't consider that a loss. I feel like I won the fight, but lost the decision. My new motto is Two Time in '09", So I am looking forward to the 27th, just as much as they are."

Tomasz Adamek vs. Johnathon Banks for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship takes place on Friday the 27th February 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

A total of eight undefeated fighters will risk their unblemished records on the magnificent eight-bout undercard that supports the "big boys".

The co-feature event will see Giovanni Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic and NYC (26-1, 18 KO's) lock horns with Colombia's Dionisio Miranda, also of Miami (19-3-2, 17 KO's) in a twelve round IBF eliminator for the #1 position in the middleweight division.

Paterson, NJ welterweight Henry Crawford (20-0-1, 9 KO's) faces Keenan Collins (12-4-2, 8 KO's) of Reading, PA. in an eight round bout.

Preceding that will be Newark's popular former Olympian, Jerson Ravelo (19-3, 12 KO's), against Don Mouton (7-3-1, 6 KO's) of Houston, TX in an eight round super middleweight match.

No less than six fighters with unblemished records are featured in four six-round fights. Super Middleweight Patrick Majewski of Atlantic City puts his 9-0, 6 KO record on the line against Philadelphia's undefeated Latif Mundy (8-0, 3 KO's). Unbeaten Anthony Flores of Philadelphia (6-0, 4 KO's) faces Super Featherweight Ikem Orji (4-0, 1 KO) and Philadelphia's own Chucky Tschorniawsky, (25-9-1, 14 KO's) will be up against unbeaten welterweight Jesse Lubash, (9-0, 5 KO's) of Pittsburgh, PA.

The opening fight of the night will see Paterson, NJ's two time National Golden Gloves Champion, Jeremy Bryan, currently unbeaten since joining the pro ranks, put his immaculate 8-0, 4 KO record on the line against Mexico's Francisco Rios Gil (13-9, 9 KO's) in a Junior Welterweight match-up.

Tickets are on sale now and priced at $38, $53, $78, $103 and $253. They can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, online at www.prucenter.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 201-507-8900. The first bout will begin at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. The fight will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast.

This event is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions.

For news on Steve 'USS' Cunningham go to www.usscunningham.com

 

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