Last night, Spike TV and Premier Boxing Champions came through with an evening of boxing that produced a Fight of the Year candidate in the opening bout and a touch of controversy in the main event held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
To start the show, Polish new comer Krzysztof Głowacki pulled off an epic come-from-behind win to take the belt from longtime Cruiserweight champ Marco Huck of Germany.
The only thing that this bomb fest lacked was grace and technique. What they lost in the style point department was more than made up for with display of intestinal fortitude, in particular when in the 6th round, Glowacki dipped into his inner Matthew Saad Muhammad by barely beating a 10 count, to regroup, revive and score a miraculous 11th round knockout victory.
The main event was in stark contrast of the opening bout. It was more of a chess match than riot, where two seasoned veterans positioned near the top of the Heavyweight ladder applied their craft in hopes of climbing that final rung to enter the division sweepstakes.
We saw Philadelphia’s Steve Cunningham apply quickness and athleticism to counter balance Antonio Tarver‘s strategy of patience and power over the course of a 12 round bout that was inevitably scored a draw. Cunningham was by far the more active fighter though Tarver flashed good defense and a sharp straight left that found home on many occasions when he used it.
There seems to be mixed feelings on the end result of a bout that was a close one. It seems like everyone is in agreement that this one was a snoozer.
What were your thoughts on this show and where do they all go from here?