Love in the Afternoon

By Robert Ecksel on August 31, 2012
Love in the Afternoon
Newark's "Ironbound Throwdown” will be an “old-fashioned, Saturday afternoon fight card.”

One of the things we love about boxing is its unpredictability. It’s not just the curious matchups and decisions that grace the sport, as lovely as they are, but the fact that boxing pops up in the strangest places and at the strangest times.

For example, on Sept. 8 at Newark’s Prudential Center, “Ironbound Throwdown” featuring Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) vs. Travis Walker (39-7-1, 31 KOs) will be an “old-fashioned, Saturday afternoon fight card.”

“I’ve seen a couple of his fights,” Adamek said about Walker. “He’s a strong guy. He loves hard fights. I love [hard fights)]too, because it is good for my fans. I don’t want to give boring fights. If somebody runs and doesn’t fight, people do not like that. I want a tough fight because people love this.”

Those of us old enough remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports with Howard Cosell holding forth like a pasha in his pugilistic harem, long for the days when boxing had such prominence.

In addition to Adamek’s march to another shot at one of the Klitschkos, the afternoon fight card also features the debut of Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) at heavyweight in a co-main 10-rounder against former Adamek victim Jason Gavern (21-10-4, 10 KOs).

“Here we go back to the bible again,” said Cunningham. “David and Goliath. These are stories that I grew up on. That’s just my mindset. I’ve fought guys bigger than me before. It’s the same mindset. Win, win at all costs, do your best, work hard, and let the chips fall where God wants to place them.

“It’s still going to be the same Cunningham (at heavyweight). I just know how to be me. I’m going to work hard. Work hard in training, and I’m going to give my all in the fight.”

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-800-745-300 and 1-866-448-7849, and at the Prudential Center’s Box Office and

The fight will be available in Poland on PPV. WealthTV will begin airing undercard bouts live at 3:00 PM/ET on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country.

Doors open at 1:30 pm.

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  1. Robert Ecksel 03:34pm, 08/31/2012

    Irish Frankie—And I keep waiting for the chimes at midnight, or failing that the crack of dawn.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 03:19pm, 08/31/2012

    Robert Ecksel-“Love in the Afternoon” aka a “nooner”!

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