Former cruiserweight king Steve Cunningham (24-4) will take on Jason Gavern (21-10-4) in his first appearance as a heavyweight, plus Philadelphia-based prospect Bryant Jennings (16-0) looks to stay unbeaten against Ohio native Chris Koval (25-9).
Full press release below:
NEWARK, NJ – When Tomasz “Goral” Adamek returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon, September 8, 2012, the popular Polish Kearney resident will headline the “Ironbound Throwdown”, another big boxing card featuring a total of four world-rated contenders in three big heavyweight fights.
Scheduled to begin at 2PM, this rare afternoon event brings some of the top names of the current professional boxing scene to Newark’s “Ironbound” neighborhood, which has become a hotbed for pro boxing in recent years. Topping the card is former two-time world champion, now rated #4 among heavyweights, Tomasz Adamek, 46-2, 28 KOs, who will face #12 rated Travis Walker of Tallahassee, FL, 39-7-1, 31 KO’s in a 12-round heavyweight battle for Adamek’s IBF North American Heavyweight Title. However the action on this card is not confined to the main event.
Highlighting the undercard is former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 24-4, 12 KOs, who makes his heavyweight debut against Jason Gavern, of Harrisonburg, VA, 21-10-4, 10 KOs. Cunningham, of Philadelphia, currently rated #3 among cruiserweights, recently decided to make the move to the lucrative heavyweight division, looking for bigger challenges and the heavyweight paydays that come with them.
Cunningham is currently working to add weight to his perfectly conditioned frame without sacrificing speed or mobility, as he steps up for the first time to face the larger opposition in boxing’s glamour division.
In Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, Cunningham meets a fighter who holds wins over Darnell Wilson and Manuel Quezada, as well as a draw against Johnathon Banks. The always game Gavern is expected to provide the kind of test that will answer any questions about whether Cunningham can compete at his new weight.
In a special 8-round bout, high-rolling Philadelphia heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 6 KOs, takes on hard-punching Chris Koval of Youngstown, OH, 25-9, 18 KO’s. “Special K,” 30, will try to stop the impressive streak that “By By” Jennings has been riding since January. In his last three outings, Jennings has climbed into the top-ten rankings with victories over Maurice Byarm, Sergei Liakhovich, and Steve Collins. His win over Collins earned Jennings the USBA Heavyweight Title.
In a highly anticipated 8-round battle of junior lightweight prospects, “The Corpus Christi Kid,” undefeated Jerry Belmontes, 16-0, 5 KOs, meets Dominican-born Joselito Collado, 13-1, 3 KOs, of Jamaica, Queens, NY. A former amateur star, Belmontes will look to start making noise in the professional ranks with a victory over the highly touted Collado, who is coming off a March decision win over Juan Carlos Contreras in a bout that promises to be a war.
Three preliminary bouts round out the action-packed card: Jersey City’s Jose Peralta, 9-1, 5 KOs, is scheduled to appear in a 6-round junior welterweight fight; Philadelphia’s Karl Dargan puts his perfect 10-0, 5 KOs record on the line in a 6-round lightweight fight, and Brooklyn’s Shem Pagan, 2-0, 1 KO, goes for win number three in a 4-round junior welterweight contest.
Tickets priced at $180 ringside, $105, and $55 are available through Ticketmaster: online at www.ticketmaster.com; Charge-by-phone: 1-800-745-3000; Ticketmaster Express 866-448-7849; and Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets are also available at Prudential Center’s Box Office and www.prucenter.com.
September 8th at Newark’s Prudential Center features Tomasz Adamek vs. Travis Walker. The fight will be available in Poland on PPV. Prudential Center doors will open at 1:30PM, first fight is 2:00PM. The card is presented by Main Events in association with Peltz Boxing, and Ziggy Promotions.