As the TV card, to be telecasted on NBC, went on air, one fight was scheduled before the main event of Errol Spence Jr. (19-0 with 16 KOs) vs. Chris Algieri (21-2 with 8 KOs). In the co-main event Krzysztof Glowacki (25-0 with 16 KOs) will be stepping into the ring to defend his WBO Cruiserweight title against Steve Cunningham (28-7-1 with 13 KOs).
After an opening round in which nothing much was done, in round 2, Glowacki floored Cunningham with a left, and less than 10 seconds after getting up, he was floored with another left to take early command in the fight. In round 3 Cunningham got right back into it catching Glowacki while he was against the ropes, but Glowacki came right back with a straight left to back Cunningham right back up.
As we hit the halfway mark of the fight that was scheduled for 12 rounds, rounds 4-6 there was no lack of activity and both guys landed solid shots, and a 2nd throw down by Glowacki (1st was in round 2), but no one seemed to get hurt. It was a solid fight thus far with Glowacki looking as if he was getting the advantage of the rounds. Most people had him up around 4 points after 6.
In round 7, Cunningham started to develop swelling above the right eye. In rounds 8 and 9, Glowacki used the swelling by Cunningham’s eye as a target and continued to attach the right sign of his face with the straight left. In round 10, Glowacki once against dropped Cunningham with a quick check right hook and then as Cunningham got up, he rocked him with a couple shots that staggered Cunningham, but he survived the round.
After an 11th round of wild punches and a little bit of sloppy, off balanced boxing, both moved onto the 12th round. At this point, I have Glowacki up 7 rounds to 4. And with the 3 knockdowns banked by Glowacki, Cunningham clearly needed a stoppage to win. Cunningham, obviously knowing that, started the 12th like he was shot out of a cannon, and looked like he actually shock Glowacki a few times, including the last minute of the fight when he made Glowacki hold on.
But then 30 seconds later, Glowacki once against rocked and put Cunningham on the canvas for the 4th time in the fight. Cunningham got up and the bell rung and the 2 had gone the distance. On my card I had Glowacki winning easily 116-108 and the judges agreed as Krzysztof Glowacki won by unanimous decision 116-108, 115-109, and 115-109.