Alrighty, here is your weekend preview for NBCs Fight Night in Bethlehem PA.
-Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs) vs. Steve Cunningham (25-4, 12 KOs) II - 12 rounds, heavyweights
-Tor Hamer (19-1, 12 KOs) vs. Vyacheslav Glazkov (13-0, 9 KOs) - 8 rounds, heavyweights
*Adamek vs. Cunningham*
This was a fight of the year candidate years ago, and these two finally meet up again after 4 years with Adamek taking the first fight via split nod. They've kinda went in opposite directions since then. Cunningham became CW champ again, but really started to show his age while winning a cuts stoppage over Troy Ross where he was lucky the fight was stopped, and then having current champ YPH take him apart for 12 rounds. Adamek, went up to HW, and aside from his one shot at Vitali, has been one of the best HWs going. USS stated he was not himself and looked to blow Adamek out of the water last time out, and it led to him not boxing well. IMO, if you go to destroy a guy, and land as many clean shots as Cunningham did and don't take a guy out - you've got issues. Adamek, showed no issues taking his shots, delivered some knee buckling shots and has since rattled off KO wins in the big division. He's also showing even more advancement in his boxing skills while USS has stalled out. I'll take Adamek again, via UD.
*Hamer vs. Glazkov*
Lots of people are high on Hamer, but I'm thinking it's just that desire for an American HW. After the shocking loss to Kelvin Price a few years back, he seemed to re-dedicate himself to the gym, went to the UK and won the Prizefighter tourny, then has returned to continue the comeback path. His assignment, Vyacheslav Glazkov, the bronze medal winner in 2008, silver medalist in the world amateurs, and a hell of a complete fighter. I've watched a bit of his fights on Youtube, and he you can see the typical Eastern Euro style, but he's got a hell of a lot more power behind it. This is really a toss up fight. In the upset, I'm taking Glazkov via decision. He's fought tougher opposition and has a style that should be very tough for Hamer to match with.