OK, So This Cunningham-Adamek Is A Good Use Of The Versus Network

A news release in my inbox from Don King Promotions about the quality Dec. 11 cruiserweight (200 lbs.) showdown between Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek in Newark, N.J. says, simply: “Versus will broadcast the bout live.” Dan Rafael’s blog also reports that the network will broadcast the show. This is THE fight in the cruiserweight division, with Cunningham ranked number one by Ring magazine and Adamek ranked number two, which means it will be for the vacant Ring magazine championship belt. Showtime or HBO should have picked up this fight. Instead, Versus did. Their recent card, the first since their previous agreement with promoter Top Rank expired, was marked entirely by the kind of mismatches you would’ve found in the Top Rank era. Promoter Goosen-Tutor tried their best to defend the card, and while I thought it was an entertaining enough product, the solitary question mark for the entire night was how quickly Paul Williams would defeat Andy Kolle in his re-debut at 160 pounds. (Answer: Very quickly.) Cunningham-Adamek is, by contrast, a meaningful fight with potential to be exciting. Nice work, Versus. Keep it up at this rate and pretty soon you’re going to be all growns up.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.