Adamek stops Walker in war
Ringside report by Matt Richardson
Photos by Tri Nguyen / GeorgetownProductions.com
In an exciting heavyweight fight, former cruiserweight and light heavyweight title-holder Tomasz Adamek got up from a hard second-round knockdown to stop Travis Walker in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-rounder at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In a rare afternoon card timed to run in primetime on Polish TV, the Polish-born Adamek gave as good as he got before breaking Walker down and stopping him on his feet at the 1:08 mark of the fifth. Walker was also knocked down in a wild second round after taking a right. After that, Adamek stayed in control, winning the third, cutting Walker in the fourth before stopping him on his feet at the 1:08 mark of the fifth.
The fight actually commenced relatively slowly as Walker worked behind a straight jab while Adamek hardly threw any shots. It was in the second frame where the action jumped a few notches when Adamek was badly dropped with a right that hurt him. He rose unsteadily and took a lot of heavy shots but was able to get himself together. In the final seconds Adamek came back to drop Walker hard himself via a right hand. Walker backed up into the ropes and took some heavy shots but referee Eddie Cotton didn't hear the bell and let the fight continue for a few seconds before realizing the round had ended. Walker's camp protested but it appeared to be a legitimate oversight by Cotton.
Adamek (47-2, 28 KO's) fought more clear headed in the third, boxing more from the outside to win the frame. Walker (39-8-1, 31 KO's) was breathing heavily and began to labor around the ring as he attempted to double up on the success he had earlier in the bout. The heavy-handed Walker was cut over the left eye in the fourth round and was caught with a hard right in the fifth that stunned him. Sensing his opponent was in trouble, Adamek followed up with an extended barrage of shots that backed Walker into his corner. After assessing the action and after Walker absorbed additional crunching blows, Cotton elected to jump in and call a halt. Walker did not protest the stoppage.
Cunningham enters heavyweight ranks with win
In his heavyweight debut former IBF cruiserweight title-holder Steve Cunningham labored to a 10-round unanimous decision victory against veteran Jason Gavern. Scores read 100-90 (twice) and 99-91 for Cunningham. The victorious debut for Cunningham snapped a two-fight losing streak for the Philly fighter after he dropped consecutive bouts to Yoan Hernandez. The fight started and ended essentially the same way, with Cunningham picking Gavern apart from the outside with an effective jab and basic boxing skills. Gavern attempted to barrel his way in but was too slow and ineffective to cause Cunningham any significant difficulty.
Cunningham is now 25-4 with 12 KO's and firmly in the hunt for a major opportunity and/or pay day in his new weight class. Meantime, Gavern is just 3-6-1 in his last ten outings.
Jennings destroys Koval
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings (15-0, 7 KO's) easily destroyed Chris Koval, stopping him with just a handful of punches within 35 seconds of the first round. Koval (25-10, 18 KO's) was down almost immediately after getting rocked and dropped after absorbing a left hook. He rose unsteadily and was allowed to resume fighting after following the referee's instructions but the final result was predictable. Jennings came forward and landed a left-right combination that promptly floored Koval again, forcing the stoppage with less than a minute of action in the books.
Jennings is a (rare) impressive, American heavyweight who actually comes in shape for each fight. He has now secured a string of impressive performances including victories against Steve Collins, Siarhei Liakhovich and Maurice Byarm, respectively earlier this year. Koval, meantime, has now lost seven of his last eight fights, six in which he was stopped.
Unbeaten junior lightweight Jerry Belmontes won a unanimous eight-round decision against Joselito Collado in a slow-paced fight. Scores were 78-74 (twice) and 77-75 for Belmontes. Collado was cut on the top of his forehead from the start of the bout but his corner capably stemmed the flow of blood. With the victory, Belmontes moves to 17-0 with five knockouts. Collado is now 13-2 with three.
Junior welterweight Jose Peralta stopped Christian Steele in the third round of a scheduled six. Peralta (10-1, 6 KO's) knocked down Steele once in the second and once in the third before the bout was called off at the 46-second mark. Steele now drops to 3-5 with one win inside the distance.
Lightweights: Karl Dargan (11-0, 6 KO's) TKO 4 (1:04) Jesse Carradine (8-2-1, 4 KO's).