Adamek takes Cunningham's cruiserweight title

By Ryan Burton

12/12/2008

Adamek takes Cunningham's cruiserweight title

Tomasz Adamek W12 Steve Cunningham... In the main event one of 2009's best boxing shows, Tomasz Adamek (36-1 with 24 KOs)  captured the IBF cruiserweight championship with a split decision (116-110, 115-112 and 114-112) over Steve Cunningham (21-2 with 11 KOs) in Newark, New Jersey.  Cunningham, from nearby Philadelphia, tasted the canvas three times in the fight but got up every time and landed power shots of his own on Adamek's granite chin. The first knockdown came in the second round.  In the fourth, Cunningham landed nearly three punches to every one by Adamek but Cunningham punched himself out and was caught just before the bell sounded and was on the floor for the second time.  Cunningham was knocked down a third time in the eighth round as the heavily pro-Adamek crowd cheered on their man (Adamek is from Poland but lives and trains in Jersey City, NJ).

After the fight Adamek said that Cunningham hit him often but doens't hit hard.  Cunninham said he had some ring rust (he had been inactive for about 11 months) and couldn't believe that Adamek took his best shots.  He asked for a rematch. Versus will be replaying this fight and it definitely is worth seeing.

In the IBF Bantamweight title fight Joseph Agbeko (26-1 22KOs) successfully defended his title after a 15 month layoff against number one contender William Gonzalez (21-3 19 KOs).  This was another exciting fight with both men exchaning power shots. Gonzalez, from Nicaragua, suffered a big cut early in the fight from an accidental headbutt.  He showed grit and determination by finishing the fight strong.  Gonzalez looked good in the early rounds then Agbeko came on and dominated the middle rounds.  At the very end Gonzalez came on again but it was too little too late.  The final scores were 116-112 twice and 114-114 in favor of Agbeko.  Agbeko was making his return after a 15 month layoff caused by what was called a mild case of malaria and the long layoff may have been reason Agbeko was winded at the end of the fight.

source: versus