Krzysztof Glowacki made a successful first defense tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, defeating veteran and former titleholder Steve Cunningham by unanimous decision on scores of 115-109, 115-109, and 116-108, dropping Cunningham four times in what was overall a competitive, entertaining fight.
Glowacki (26-0, 16 KO) put Cunningham down twice in the second round, and again in the 10th and 12th rounds, making the overall difference on the BLH scorecard, which was 114-110 for Glowacki, who was fighting for the first time since his stunning upset knockout of Marco Huck last August.
Cunningham (28-8-1, 13 KO) still had all the heart in the world, and still showed amazing resilience after being knocked down each time, but he looked every bit of his 39 year in this fight. His legs weren't fresh, obviously, because it's been a long career with a lot of hard fights in his past. But you can't discount the effort, and there were times in this fight he looked sharp. Other than the knockdowns, he did very well early on, but Glowacki being 10 years younger certainly played a difference, as did the timing and power of the Polish fighter.
Glowacki may become a real drawing card on the east coast in short order, as he had a lot of support in Brooklyn tonight, but to do that, he'll have to keep winning. This was a good first title defense to build from, though, and a fun fight to watch. It may also have been Cunningham's last stand.