December 20th, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- Closing out a dynamic “come back” year for the sport, the last show will be featured on “network” television. The return to “free T.V.” is indicative to the supreme achievement of awesomeness boxing had in 2012 and shuts the book in style. Let’s check out what’s ahead.
“SUITS” AT NBC GIVE FANS A HOLIDAY TREAT
Former two division belt holder and one time heavyweight world title challenger Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs) meets ex IBF cruiserweight strap carrier Steve Cunningham (25-4, 12 KOs) in a rematch of their 2008 cruiserweight thriller. This time they’ll do battle in the heavyweight ranks for a schedule 12 rounds of pound. Coverage from the Sands Casino & Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, begins Saturday at 4:30 ET on NBC.
FIRST SCRAP WAS RUNNER UP FOR FIGHT OF THE YEAR IN ‘08
Both men had a lot on the line and certainly fought that way hence, spanning 12 spirited rounds, a close fight ensured. The difference was Adamek’s power proved to be too great for Cunningham as Tomasz dropped Steve 3 times over the course of the fight. Despite such set back, Cunningham rose to the occasion and in most rounds out boxed Adamek. Steve’s crafty style enabled him to go the distance and even end up close to victory on two of the three judge’s cards. Final scores were Adamek 116-110 & 115-112, while one jurist saw it for Cunningham 114-112.
THIS JOINT WILL BE DIFFERENT
I do expect an action fight once again. Hey, why not? Everyone’s kicking each other’s ass in electrifying fashion nowadays so it seems to be the norm of late. But, four years later and now campaigning on the highest weight on the scale, naturally these factors will slow things down a bit. Also, Adamek is not nearly as strong at heavyweight as he was at the lower weights where he fought Steve originally (Just 3 KO’s for Tomasz in 10 affairs). This could play a huge factor. Another point to be made is that Cunningham could be more study on his legs due to his now larger frame. Having equated all of the aforementioned above; I don’t like Steve’s inactivity over the past 4 years (only 6 bouts in 4 years for Steve). In addition, Cunningham doesn’t have much of a punch. I like Adamek in this one. I think Tomasz will take a slow approach in the early rounds and put the hurt on in the second half of the fight and earn a stoppage utilizing his better experience somewhere around the 9th.
American heavyweight slugger Tor Hamer (19-1, 12 KOs) will square off against unbested but untested pug Vyacheslav Glazkov (13-0, 9 KOs) in a proposed 8 rounds of thrown down.
SIGNORELLA’S 4TH ANNUAL YEAR END AWARDS COMING SOON
Stay tuned as I break down the best fighters, fights, knockouts, trainers, prospects, networks, promoters, events, etc. Look for this very ambitious piece after the last bouts get archived in the books over the next few days. I will post the article midweek next week. Thanks for reading folks. Happy Holidays and cheers to my fistic brothers and sisters. Thank you for remaining loyal fans to the greatest metaphor for life, boxing. Keep swingin’, respect.