Tomasz Adamek and Travis Walker in “Ironbound Throwdown” Sept 8th in Newark!
Tomasz Adamek and Travis Walker in “Ironbound Throwdown” Sept 8th in Newark!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Tomasz Adamek vs Travis Walker
Former IBF cruiserweight and WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, 46-2 (28), originally from Poland and now out of Newark, NJ, will defend his IBF North American heavyweight title against Travis “Freight Train” Walker, 39-7 (31), out of Houston, TX, the IBF Pan Pacific champion, over 12 rounds on September 8th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This is a Kathy Duva Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Ziggy Promotion event that will have a Saturday afternoon 2pm starting time being telecasted PPV to Poland and by Wealth TV in the US. This will be a triple heavyweight night.

“I’m here to put on a good show. They run as much as they want, they’re going to get caught. I’ve got a great show for y’all,” said Walker. In response to this Adamek said “I don’t run. I have great footwork. I love making big fights for my fans. Travis likes to throw the leather, I ‘m known to do the same, so it will be a fan friendly fight”!

Walker is coming off a big knockout win over Kali Meehan in Australia in March. Adamek has won 15 of his last 16 bouts only losing in a WBC heavyweight title bout. In his last fight he got a major win over top contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers. This promises to be an exciting fight. Adamek never disappoints and fills the Prudential Center with each outing. Walker is younger, heavier and has more punching power. Adamek has the experience of being a 2-time division world champion with quickness and enough punching power to hurt anyone in the division.

Former 2-time IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 24-4 (12), of Philadelphia makes his initial move to the heavyweight ranks when he meets Jason Gavern, 21-10-4 (10), out of Orlando, FL, over 10 rounds. Cunningham is well remembered by the Newark fans for his great battle in losing his IBF title to Tomasz Adamek. His conditioning and work habits are second to none. “I intend on coming in at about 208,” said Cunningham. In Gavern he will be taking on a fighter who has a draw with Travis Walker, Adamek’s opponent in the main event. Having fought out of Scranton, PA, he’s had local fights there, along with fighting in nearby DE, and overseas in Germany.

In the third heavyweight bout Philadelphia’s USBA champion Bryant “By-By” Jennings, 14-0 (6), will be up against Chris “Special K” Koval, 25-9 (18), out of Youngstown, OH, over 8 rounds. Jennings is a fighter on the rise and trained by Fred Jenkins who has worked with many top Philly boxers such as David Reid, Malik Scott, “Choo Choo” Charley Brown and others. Jennings has a stoppage over former WBO world champion Siarhei Liakhovich. Koval has fought in Germany, and against former world champion Shannon Briggs along with fighting for several minor titles.

Junior lightweight Joselito Collado, 1-1 (3), of Jamaica, Queens, NY, takes on unbeaten Jerry “Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes, 16-0 (5), out of Corpus Christi, TX, over 8 rounds. Collado is coming off a win in his native country of Dominican Republic. Belmontes is coming off a win over Dominican Ramesis Gil who recently defeated previously unbeaten Carney Bowman. This is a match-up of two fine prospects in their division and should be a major advancement for the winner.

Philadelphia’s Karl “Dynamite” Dargan, 10-0 (5), and a former Pan American Gold medalist is coming off a year’s absence taking on Jesse Carradine, 8-1-1 (4), out of Cincinnati, OH, who fought out of Northern Michigan U. as an amateur, that produced many world champions. This will be a lightweight 6.

Dominican Jose Peralta Alejo, 9-1 (5), out of Jersey City, NJ, takes on Christian Steele, 3-4 (1), in a 6 round light welter match-up. Alejo has won 7 straight while Steele is coming of a win in his last bout over Juan Rodriguez, then 4-1-1, in June.

J. Russell Peltz will be doing the matchmaking and remember it is a 2pm start!


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