Cunningham Supports Old Foe Adamek; USA Boxing Week – News
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
Two excellent European ‘EBA’ Titles coming up
– KUZIEMSKI defends his European ‘EBA’ Crown on March 7th !!
by the European Boxing Association – EBA
Although European ‘EBA’ Light-Heavyweight Champion ALEKSY KUZIEMSKI has an excellent undefeated record (16-0-0) and he has already faced some tough challengers like Julio Cesar Dominguez (17-2-0); Ladislav Kutil (16-0-0) or Peter Venancio (46-10-0) probably on March 7th in Dresden, Germany, he will have his toughest challenge so far when he defends his European ‘EBA’ Crown against undefeated German ARMIN DOLLINGER (19-0-0). The man who beat last year Kai Kurzawa (22-2-0) in only two rounds
This great event will be promoted by UNIVERSUM BOX-PROMOTIONS and televised live by Germany ZDF and Hungary RTL Klub. Pictures of Kuziemski at the official European website www.europeboxing.com
– vacant European ‘EBA’ Heavyweight Title in Kiev !!
by the European Boxing Association – EBA
On Thursday February 26th will take place in Kiev the vacant European ‘EBA’ Heavyweight Championship between two undefeated fighters. The young Russian prospect ALEXANDER USTINOV (13-0-0/11 KOs) and the Ukrainian local star MAXIM PEDYURA (11-0-0/10 KOs). It will be doubtless a very exciting Championship between two of the best Eastern European heavyweight young prospects. The promoter of the event will be K2 East Promotions.
More information + pictures at the official European Boxing website: www.europeboxing.com
USA BOXING WEEK IN REVIEW
USA BOXING’S WEEKLY RECAP OF THE PAST WEEK’S EVENT AND CALENDAR OF
UPCOMING EVENTS WILL PROVIDE A GLIMPSE INTO THE AMATEUR BOXING EVENTS,
STORIES AND RESULTS FROM COAST-TO-COAST
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009
YOUNGSTER MAINTAINS PERFECT SILVER GLOVES RECORD
Zimmie Dickinson (Waldorf, Md.) recorded his second straight National Silver Gloves title at the 2009 event, February 5-7 in Independence, Mo. The Washington DC area native claimed the 70 pound title in the 10-11-year-old age division. Dickinson is undefeated in Silver Gloves competition, having won the 2008 edition at
the 65 pound weight division in his event debut as a 10-year-old and continuing his winning streak at the 2009 event. Dickinson turned 12 shortly after the event, and will look for the three-peat in a new age division in 2010.
2009 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES AND VENUE RELEASED
USA Boxing announced the competition dates for the 2009 USA Boxing National Championships, which will take place, June 8-13 at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colo. The premier amateur boxing event, the USA Boxing National Championships will combine Junior Olympic and senior division action in both the male and female
competition for the first time. Over 500 of the nation’s top amateur boxers are expected to compete in the event. Local and regional qualifying events are currently taking place across the country and will run through the final week in May to determine the boxers competing in the event.
In addition to the geographical qualifiers, the four military branches, National PAL and
Golden Gloves will all enter teams in the event.
NATIONAL SILVER GLOVES AWARD WINNERS
The following awards were given out at the National Silver Gloves tournament,
February 5-7 in Independence, Mo.
OUTSTANDING BOXER AWARD
JUNIOR 10 – 11 Angel Alba, Cudahy, Calif. Region 8
INTERMEDIATE 12 – 13 Kareem Martin, Largo, Md. Region 3
SENIOR 14 – 15 Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md. Region 3
JUNIOR 10 – 11 Manuel Rodriguez, Region 8
INTERMEDIATE 12 – 13 Chase Calloway, St. Joseph, Mo. Region 5
SENIOR 14 – 15 Kasean Parker Region 1
LEO LONG MENTOR AWARD
Rodrigo Mosquera, San Bernadino, Calif.
HALL OF FAME AWARD
Junious Hinton, District Heights, Md.
First Place Team Region 8
Second Place Team Region 3
Third Place Team Region 6
USA VS. IRELAND COMPETITORS TO REPORT TO TRAINING CAMP ON FEBRUARY 18
The 12 boxers competing in the USA vs. Ireland Dual will report to the first training camp of 2009 on Wednesday, February 18 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 11 male boxers are light flyweight Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.); flyweight Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio); bantamweight Ernesto Garza (Saginaw, Mich.); featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio); lightweight Eric Fowler (Montgomery, Texas); light welterweight Charles Watson (Johnson City, Tenn.); welterweight Javonate Starks (Minneapolis, Minn.); middleweight Aleem Whitfield (Geneva, N.Y.); light heavyweight Siju Shabazz (Las Cruces, N.M.); heavyweight Paul Koon (Philadelphia, Pa.); and super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.). Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) will join the men’s team, facing off with world champion Katie Taylor of Ireland. The team will be led by coaches Hal Chernoff (Fruitland, Md.); Ray Velez (Ridgewood, N.Y.) and Ken Buffington (Marshalltown, Iowa). Mike Stafford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Sankara Frazier (Minneapolis, Minn.) will
accompany the staff as Training Camp coaches.
The training camp will be the first under new High Performance Director Patrick Borkowski and will feature numerous changes from previous camps. The squad will participate in strength and conditioning sessions in addition to their gym training and sparring schedule. In addition, they will be speaking to students at Helen Hunt
elementary in Colorado Springs on Friday, February 20 as a piece of a new outreach program by USA Boxing’s elite athletes.
2008 Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) returned to the ring on Saturday, winning a unanimous four-round decision over Second Olympic qualifier participant John Wampash (Quito, Ecuador) at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Olympic teammate Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas) will make his professional debut on Friday, February 20 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Yanez will face Julio Valadez in junior bantamweight action. His bout will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
USA BOXING’S UPCOMING LOCAL EVENT CALENDAR
Boxing at the Wild Horse at Kellner Wedding Hall in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
California Golden Gloves at Georie Duke Recreation Center in Vacaville, California
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Hempstead PAL at Kennedy Park in Hempstead,
Boxing at the IDS at the IDS Building in Minneapolis, MN
Austin Regional Golden Gloves at Givens Recreation Center in Austin, Texas
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, N.Y.
Lubbock Regional Golden Gloves at the City Bank Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas
RGV Golden Gloves at the Brownsville Urban Center in Brownsville, Texas
El Paso Golden Gloves at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas
Big Island at Sure Foundation Assemblies in Keaau, Hawaii
Golden Gloves Boxing Show at the Mile High Events Center in Commerce City, Colo. Pennsylvania Golden Gloves at Count Time Elizabeth in Elizabeth, Pa.
Fourth annual Plover Boxing Show at the Elizabeth Inn & Convention Center in Plover, Wisconsin Davison Boxing Show at V.F.W. Post #4087 in Davison, Mich.
DC Golden Gloves Tournament at the Sugar Ray Leonard Gym in Palmer Park, Md. Tri-State Amateur Boxing at the CK Newsome Center in Evansville, Ind.
Club Event at National Guard Armory in Woodward, Okla.
2nd Annual – Capitol Boxing Event at Gold’s Gym in Kiezer, Oregon February 21-22
Region 14 Boxing Tournament at the Coachella Boxing Club in Coachella, Calif. **
San Antonio Regional Golden Gloves at Woodlawn Gymnasium in San Antonio, Texas*
Silver Hitters at the Double Tree Hotel in Lowell, Mass.
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, N.Y. *
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Glen Cove High School in Glen Clove, N.Y. *
Ft. Worth Regional Golden Gloves at Will-Rogers – John Justin Arena in Fort Worth,
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Millennium Theater in Brooklyn, N.Y.*
Pennsylvania Golden Gloves at Strategies in N. Huntington, Pa. *
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Lindenhurst High school in Lindenhurst, N.Y. *
M.A.C. at M.A.C. in Milwaukee, Wis. at 8 p.m.*
New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, N.Y. *
Club Show at Milwaukee Athletic Club in Milwaukee, Wis.
San Antonio Regional Golden Gloves at the Alzofar Shrine Temple in San Antonio,
Fight the Good Fight at Casper College in Casper, Wyo.
Boxing Bash IV at the National Guard Armory in Abilene, Texas.
Montana State Novice Tournament at UGF- Mem. Center in Great Falls, Mont.
Boxing in the Bayou Show @ Red Shield Community Center in Denver, Colo.
Louisville Legends Invitational at Louisville Legends Inc., in Louisville, Ky.
Pennsylvania Golden Gloves at Punxsutawney Area High School in Punxsutawney, Pa. *
Third Annual Robert “Bob “McCall at McMorran Place in Port Huron, Mich.
February 28-March 1 – Fred Enslow Memorial Tournament at the Garden Home
Recreation Center in Portland, Ore.
* Golden Gloves qualifying event.
** USA Boxing National Championships qualifying event
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