Adamek judged the winner by split decision
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 22, 2012) Photo © Gary Purfield
Boxing returned to NBC as top-ranked
heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 31 KOs) won a controversial 12-round
split decision over snakebite Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) at the
Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The result was the same as their
first encounter four years ago.
Adamek claimed the IBF North American heavyweight title with the victory.
In round one, Cunningham used his jab to keep Adamek off balance. Adamek
stalked and tried to counter the jab. The round was more feeling out
than fighting. Cunningham continued to stab the jab in round two. Adamek
landed a body shot and right hand.
Cunningham stuck to his game plan in round three. He met Adamek in the
center of the ring and shot out a double jab. A few seconds later a
strong right caught Adamek. A combination near the end of the round
In round four, Cunningham mixed up his attack. Adamek worked behind his
own jab. His power was obvious. Cunningham connected with another sharp
right hand at the bell that knocked Adamek back. Cunningham kept working
in round five. Adamek was looking to land his right over Cunningham’s
left. The intensity was picking up.
Cunningham landed a strong right on Adamek in the middle of round six.
Adamek landed his own right along the ropes. His punches were heavier.
Cunningham used the ring and kept boxing. Adamek seemed to be getting
stronger. Cunningham landed a good one two in round seven. Adamek went
to the body of Cunningham. The fighters exchanged right hands.
Cunningham tried to backup Adamek in round eight. A double jab found the
face of Adamek. Cunningham was ahead by a point on this writers
scorecard through eight rounds.
Round nine saw more of the same. Cunningham worked his jab and right.
Adamek stalked and connected with his own right. Cunningham went to the
body and head. Adamek tried to steal the round in the last few seconds.
Cunningham, from Philadelphia, came out firing in round 10. He landed a
hard right on the chin of Adamek. He followed up the right with an
inside combination. Adamek countered with a left hook that slowed down
In round 11, Adamek, sensing he could be behind, went looking for a game
changing punch. He did well, landing some heavy shots. His activity
seemed to surprise Cunningham. He backed his opponent up and landed some
The 12th and final round brought more drama. The
fight was up for grabs. Adamek came out strong, but Cunningham countered
back. Both fighters were landing. Adamek chugged forward and ate a
right hand. The fighters traded at the bell as the crowd roared its
Two of the ringside judges scored the fight for Adamek by scores of
115-112 and 116-112. The third judge tabbed Cunningham the winner
This writer had Cunningham the winner 115-114.
The NBC broadcast opened with Vyacheslav Glazkov (14-0, 10 KOs) of
Ukraine using his considerable amateur experience to stop Tor Hunter
(19-2, 12 KOs) of New York City, New York after four pretty competitive
rounds. In round one, both fighters started slowly. Hamer landed some
good shots to the body while Glazkov boxed. Glazkov picked up the pace
in round two. Hamer kept concentrating his attack to the body. Glazkov
was the busier fighter.
Glazkov connected with a short jarring right in round three. A
combination snapped Hamer’s head back. Hamer did a little better in the
first half of round four. Glazkov stung him with a counter left hook and
dominated the last two minutes. Hamer shook his head as he made his way
back to the corner. The fight was soon waved off by Hamer’s corner.
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