Adamek vs. Cunningham: Why Highlander Is Sure to Win Rematch Bout

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 22, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek exchange punches during their IBF Cruiserweight Championship fight on December 11, 2008 at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Tomasz won a split decision.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It's been a little while since Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham have met in the squared circle but that doesn't mean the results will be any different.

Highlander earned his 36th career victory against Cunningham back in 2008, marking the first of three-straight victories at The Prudential Center in New Jersey.

The following year, Adamek would defeat both Johnathon Banks and Bobby Gunn at the same venue.

The '08 loss for Cunningham would turn out to be the first of three over the next four years, with the Philadelphia native losing two straight fights with Yoan Pablo Hernandez.

This time, the fight will take place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which should be a friendly crowd for Cunningham. But crowds don't help you throw punches or protect you from body shots.

Aside from one loss against a much bigger, stronger Vitali Klitschko, Adamek has gone undefeated since his victory against Cunningham.

Considering the circumstances of his sole loss and the fact he's fighting an opponent he's already beaten, Adamek has a clear mental advantage in this one.

Highlander doesn't have the reach or height advantage statistically in this one, but what he does have is durability. Check out this highlight of his fight against a much bigger Chris Arreola.

It's obvious Adamek has to do a lot more than his opponent to make his punches count but his ability to pick his spot for combination blows helped him win this fight.

Against a much more equal-in-size opponent like Cunningham, Adamek can use similar tactics but can also take a more aggressive approach. Highlander can use all aspects of his game in his upcoming fight which will prove too much for his opponent.

It's not that Cunningham isn't a respected or experienced fighter, but he doesn't have a power advantage here and his lack of recent success isn't a positive.

Cunningham is not in a winning state of mind and has to figure out a way to beat Adamek for the first time. All Adamek has to do is update the game plan that helped him defeat Cunningham four years ago.

NBC will get to air a competitive fight here, but it's just not going to be one with a result the boxing world hasn't seen before.