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Steve Cunningham and Antonio Tarver fight to a draw on Spike TV

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.

glowacki

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?

Bernard Hopkins defeats Tarver in an Atlantic City classic.

photos by Mike “Teek” McGuigan

June 10, 2006 – Hopefully by now people in boxing have learned the lesson to never count Bernard Hopkins out. With heavy odds against him –  “The Executioner” put a 12-round clinic on former Olympian Antonio Tarver to win the IBO portion of the Light Heavyweight title at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. It was a fight that none of the “experts” were giving him a shot in hell to win.  But when the bell sounded, we saw that Hopkins is the master of chess while Tarver simply plays checkers.

In the lead up to this event, Las Vegas labeled this bout a 3-to-1 betting mismatch. All of the talk was centered around an “old” Hopkins ready to be put to pasture by the reigning champ.

A crowd of 10,200 paid fans turned out to the AC Boardwalk.   Throughout the crowd, big names such as Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Edgerrine James and Floyd Mayweather were seen in the front row. Many others ranging from the pugilistic enthusiasts to the casual fan made the ride from Philly, New York and Maryland to witness this HBO pay-per-view event.

Philly Keith and Vince Carter 2006

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Antonio Tarver speaks out on his upcoming fight against Bernard Hopkins

The countdown is on and the premier light heavyweight in the world, Antonio ‘Magic Man’ Tarver is now a little over a month away from one of the biggest fight of his career on June 10th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey against middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins. A little over a month, or as Tarver said last week from his training camp in Vero Beach, Florida, “36 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes for another victory.” For the pride of Tampa, Florida, this fight isn’t just about another payday or another victory to add to his stellar 24-3 (18 KO’s) record; it’s about legacy, and that’s very important to Tarver.

“For everything I’ve accomplished in my career, there’s always someone trying to chip away at it,” said Tarver. “But when I beat Bernard Hopkins on June 10th, no one can ever take that away from me. For 100 years, people will look at Antonio Tarver and say, ‘There’s the legend killer.’ First Roy Jones and now Bernard Hopkins. This win will cement my place in Canastota.”
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