By Przemek Garczarczyk
Boxing fans will have to wait until December 22 to see former multiple world champions Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KO) and Steve Cunningham (25-4, 12 KO) step into ring at Sands Casino-Resort in Bethlehem, PA to settle their difference and earn the #2 spot in the IBF rankings. But we do have a sneak peak of how both fighters measure up less than two weeks before their long awaited rematch as Adamek and Cunningham faced off for NBC promotional programming in support of the event.
We took this opportunity to ask Adamek, a former light heavyweight and undisputed cruiserweight champion, and current top 5 heavyweight, about his thoughts on the sensational Juan Manual Marquez knockout over Manny Pacquiao.
Asked if JMM was waiting to set up this perfect punch, “Goral” answered: “No way, because if you wait for it, it will never happen. I thought before the fight between those great guys that Marquez would win because he’s got a perfect weapon for Manny’s style – counterpunch – but I never expected it would happen like that.
“It was unbelievable timing, luck and reflexes – Pacquiao charged in with his left, Marquez ducked and moved his fist at exactly the same time and connected. This thing was over before Pacquiao hit the floor. It’s a game of inches and split seconds when you’re fighting on the championship level. If Marquez would have reacted a tenth of the second too late, he would have gone down. All the fighters out there know exactly what I mean.”