Adamek TKOs Walker in wild affair

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Tri Nguyen/

In a fun heavyweight fight, former cruiserweight and light heavyweight title-holder Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 28 KOs) got up from a hard second-round knockdown to stop Travis Walker (39-8-1, 31 KOs) in the fifth round of a heavyweight fight on Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. 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.

In his heavyweight debut, former cruiserweight title-holder Steve Cunningham won a workman-like 10-round unanimous decision against heavyweight veteran Jason Gavern. Scores were 100-90 (twice) and 99-90 all for Cunningham. There were no knockdowns, although Cunningham appeared to stun his opponent on occasion. With the win, Cunningham breaks a two-fight losing streak to move to 25-4 with 12 KO wins. Gavern falls to 21-11-4 with 10 KOs.

Undefeated heavyweight Bryant Jennings continued to impress, blowing out Chris Koval in just 35 seconds. Koval was down on a left and then seconds later on a right before the bout was called off. Jennings is now 15-0 with six knockouts, Koval now has double digit losses for an overall record of 25-10, 18 KOs.

Junior lightweight Jerry Belmontes won a unanimous eight-round decision against Joselito Collado in a relatively insipid affair. Scores read 78-74 (twice) and 77-75 for the still undefeated Belmontes.

Karl Dargan stopped Jesse Carradine in the fourth round of a scheduled six in a lightweight affair. Time of the stoppage was 1:04. Dargan improves his unbeaten ledger to 11-0 with five knockouts. Carradine is now 8-2-1, 4 KO’s.

Junior welterweight Jose Peralta (10-1, 6 KO’s) stopped Christian Steele (3-5, 1 KO) in the third round. Steele was down twice; once in the second and again in the third.

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