Cunningham outpoints Wlodarczyk for IBF cruiserweight title

5/26/2007 - Boxing

KATOWICE, Poland -- American Steve Cunningham won the IBF
cruiserweight title Saturday night, outpointing Poland's Krzysztof

"I feel great, I feel awesome," Cunningham said. "I'm the
world champion."

The 30-year-old Cunningham avenged the only loss of his career -- a split-decision to Wlodarczyk for the vacant title last November.

Judge Alejandro Lopez of Mexico scored the 12-round fight
116-112 for Cunningham, while Somsak Sirianantof of Thailand had it
at 115-112 for the American. Bob Gibson of New Zealand scored it

Cunningham (20-1) said he tried to be more active and throw more
punches than in his first fight with Wlodarczyk and "to crack him
with some big shots."

"He's tough, he can fight, he can punch," Cunningham said.
"You got to be tough to beat him."

Wlodarczyk dropped to 37-2 with the loss in his first title

Despite a loud partisan crowd at the Spodek Arena, the Pole was
sluggish in the early rounds and struggled to work around the
American's longer reach and solid jab.