Glowacki-Cunningham_2_1  Krzysztof Glowacki tags Steve Cunningham with a jab during their 12-round battle Saturday. Glowacki dropped Cunningham four times on his way to a unanimous decision victory to retain his 200-pound title. (Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions)

Steve Cunningham entered Saturday’s 200-pound title fight against champion Krzysztof Glowacki with a history of struggles against southpaws and Polish titleholders. Those struggles continued at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) twice floored Steve Cunningham (28-8-1, 13 KOs) with second-round, left-hand counters, then used short right hands to drop him once more in the 10th and 12th rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.

Thanks to the four knockdowns, Glowacki prevailed by lopsided scores of 115-109 twice and 116-108, much to the delight of a Barclays Center crowd that was packed with Polish fight fans. It was Glowacki’s first defense of the championship he won in August by rising from a sixth-round knockdown to dethrone longtime champ Marco Huck by 11th-round stoppage.

In that victory, Glowacki fought through injuries to his left wrist and shoulder that required surgery in September.

“The plan from the beginning was to hit him with the left hand, and you could tell I was hitting with full power,” Glowacki said. “I couldn’t hit that hard against Marco Huck because of my injury, and now I’m hoping to keep that power up in my next fight.

“Power and precision are my trademarks. That’s always been my game. I was a little bit reluctant because of the surgery, but I got more comfortable as the fight went on.”

Despite the wide final scores, the victory wasn’t easy for the 29-year-old Glowacki, who was often forced to hold or fight off the ropes against a game challenger who engaged toe to toe throughout the night.

In fact, while Glowacki had an advantage in power punches 101-96, Cunningham out-landed him overall, 124-117.

“He punched with me and caught me coming in,” said Cunningham, a former two-time champion at 200 pounds who was returning to the division after spending four years fighting as a heavyweight. “I knew after the second-round knockdowns that I had to get rounds back and go get him. I knew I hurt him a few times with good shots, [but] he’s a smart fighter.

“I’m just disappointed. I wanted to be a three-time champion, and I took my shot at it.”

In between the knockdowns in the second and 10th rounds, the fight was evenly contested, with the 6-foot-3 Cunningham using his boxing skills and seven-inch reach advantage to slow the 6-foot, come-forward champion. However, a large welt—which looked to be caused by a head butt—began to develop over Cunningham’s right eye in the seventh round.

If the welt bothered him, though, the challenger refused to acknowledge it.

“There was a head butt in the third or fourth round that started the growth on my head,” Cunningham said. “But I’m a warrior and a champion. That stuff doesn’t bother me. If a missile hit me, I’d keep going.”

A 39-year-old native of Philadelphia, Cunningham came into Saturday’s fight with a 3-3-1 record against southpaw fighters. He also had a tough time in four previous bouts against Polish titleholders, having dropped a pair of close decisions to Tomasz Adamek while splitting two fights with Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.

Against Glowacki, Cunningham not only had to deal with a brawler who possesses a potent left hand, but also a large contingent of Polish fans who booed his entrance into the ring and chanted Glowacki’s name throughout the bout.

Glowacki credited those fans—who also turned out in force for his victory over Huck in nearby Newark, New Jersey last summer—for pushing him past Cunningham.

“The fans were my motivation throughout the fight,” Glowacki said. “I just wanted to give them more and more. I want to thank everyone who came and watched me.”

After his last two performances, the unbeaten Glowacki is quickly becoming a rising star with a bright future in the competitive 200-pound division. Conversely, Cunningham—who fell to 4-6-1 in his last 11 outings after Saturday’s defeat—isn’t exactly sure what lies ahead.

“I feel good,” Cunningham said. “I just don’t want to be that [former] champion who is getting used for a record builder.

“I’ll talk with my team and figure out the next step.”

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By Przemek Garczarczyk –

Undefeated rising welterweight star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr.and former world champion Chris Algieri went face-to-face Wednesday to kick-off fight week activities with the final press conference before they meet in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC this Saturday, April 16 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Also in attendance at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan were cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki and former champion Steven “U.S.S” Cunningham plus undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne and unbeaten light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic who round out Saturday night’s telecast. In addition, popular Brooklyn undefeated fighter Heather “The Heat” Hardy was in attendance as she nears her undercard bout against Sweden’s Anna Hultin.



By:  Bryan Mazique –

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If there was one word to use to describe the “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2-1) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0-1) bout, it would have to be: indecisive.

The two middleweights battled to a split-decision draw at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night, and it’s hard to argue with the judges’ decision. Boxing Channel has the official scorecards.

Lee came in as the WBO middleweight champion—a title Quillin held before vacating it—but Lee’s belt wasn’t on the line.

Quillin failed to make weight for the fight, per Dan Rafael of, thus making Saturday night’s scrap a non-title affair.

Early on, it looked as if Quillin was going to make quick work of Lee. Kid Chocolate dropped the champion with a hard right hand in the first round. Lee was hurt, but he survived though the waning seconds of the round, which saw him staggering in the corner.

Lee went down again in the third from a right hand, but that knockdown was as much caused by Quillin stepping on his foot as it was the punch that landed. Nevertheless, it was scored a knockdown. As it turns out, had Quillin not gotten that break, he would have lost the fight.

In the seventh, Lee put Quillin down for the first time in his career with a solid right hand on Kid Chocolate’s jaw. Quillin wasn’t badly hurt, but it was a legitimate knockdown. For whatever reason, Quillin‘s work rate slowed significantly after that and Lee became the aggressor.

Quillin did more posing than punching, and Lee used his inactivity as an opportunity to take control of the bout down the stretch. With a strong finish, Lee was able to erase Quillin‘s lead on two of the cards and earn the draw.

Quillin, on the other hand, should feel as though he gave this fight away. He was far too tentative most of the night. He respected Lee’s power to a fault. Lee had come in with huge one-punch knockouts in his last two bouts, and Quillin seemed to want no part of a firefight with the hard-punching Irishman.

Brian Custer of Showtime also thought Quillin squandered an opportunity.

“Quillin gave this fight away when he should’ve finished Lee when he had him hurt bad! Peter waits too long to counter.”

When asked about the decision, Lee seemed to think he deserved the decision, but Quillin sounded happy to escape per the quotes captured by Isaac Estrada of Real Boxing News:

“I thought it was a hard fight to score because he had the knock downs, but I outboxed.” Lee

“I’m not a judge. I can’t agree on something is not my job. The judges called it as they best saw it.” Quillin

A rematch certainly seems to be in order. The fight was entertaining, and many fight fans would probably be interested in seeing the two men settle things.

It would also give Quillin an opportunity to make weight, and thus try to regain the WBO title he never lost in the ring. There are certainly other 160-pounders pining for a shot at the WBO strap, but there’s unfinished business between Lee and Quillin. If not immediately, the two should fight again somewhere down the road.

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By Keith Idec –

There was a time not much longer than a year ago when even diehard fight fans were about as familiar with Ruslan Provodnikov as they are today with Chris Algieri.

Like the powerful Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) did against then-unbeaten Timothy Bradley, Algieri will attempt to make the jump from ESPN2 fighter to HBO staple against Provodnikov on June 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 30-year-old Algieri is unbeaten (19-0, 8 KOs), but Provodnikov’s famous trainer doesn’t think the ex-kickboxing champion from Huntington, N.Y., is capable of upsetting his rugged Russian fighter.

“Algieri is a tough fighter,” Freddie Roach told “He’s a good boxer and he’s a conditioning freak. I think Algieri will give us trouble at the beginning of the fight, but we’ll break him down and knock him out in the late rounds.”

The 12-round Provodnikov-Algieri fight for Provodnikov’s WBO junior welterweight title will headline HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” telecast two weeks from Saturday. HBO’s doubleheader will open at 10 p.m. ET June 14 with another 12-round bout between WBO junior middleweight champ Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs), of Providence, R.I., and England’s Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs).


By Francisco Salazar –

Looks like middleweight world title holder Peter Quillin will return to the ring sometime in October, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told on Saturday evening.

Quillin will appear on a card that Golden Boy Promotions is looking to schedule at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The venue has been the site of his last two fights.

No word yet on whom Quillin would face, but Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer recently mentioned to BoxingScene that Danny Jacobs is a possible opponent for Quillin in the near future.

In his last bout on April 27th, Quillin stopped Fernando Guerrero in the seventh round in the first defense of his world title belt. Quillin dropped Guerrero twice in the second and twice in the seventh rounds before the fight was stopped.

Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs) won the title belt on October 20th, dropping Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam five times in route to an action-filled 12 round unanimous decision victory.

Quillin who turned 30 years of age this past Saturday, resides in Brooklyn and has trained at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA.–67025


By:  Bryan Mazique –

Boxing fans will get another look at “Kid Chocolate,” Peter Quillin, (28-0, 20 KO) on Saturday night when he defends his WBO middleweight title for the first time against Dominican-American southpaw Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KO).

The jury is still out whether Quillin is a legitimate threat to the lineal title at 160 pounds.

Not many experts would consider him on the same level as Sergio Martinez or Gennady Golovkin, but nevertheless, he holds one of the prominent championships in the weight class.

To his credit, he generally puts on an exciting show.

As part of the undercard on the Zab Judah-Danny Garcia lightweight championship bout, Quillin will attempt to entertain the Brooklyn crowd at the Barclays Center before the featured attraction.

This fight was supposed to happen in February, but it was postponed because the bout is married to the Garcia-Judah clash and Garcia was injured. Therefore, a postponement of the main event also delayed Quillin-Guerrero.

All are healthy and finally ready to get it on. Here’s how you can watch the night of fights.

When: Saturday, April 27, 9 p.m. ET

Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y

TV: Showtime

Stream: Replay on Showtime Anytime


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, April 27, in the world title fight between middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Fernando Guerrero to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in a Golden Boy presentation.

In this fight that Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) will defend for the first time his WBO middleweight belt against the ninth ranked Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs), from Dominican Republic, the referee will be Harvey Dock.

Meanwhile, the judges for the Quillin vs. Guerrero fight will be Julie Lederman and John McKaie, both from United States, and Nelson Vazquez from Puerto Rico.

The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Alberto Rodriguez Perez.

Quillin won the title when beat Hassan N’Dam N’Jikan by unanimous decision on October 20, 2012, at the same venue where he will to defend for the first time this Saturday.