Former world cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo’ Wlodarczyk is a warrior, and as such, accepting losses doesn’t come easy to him.
The last man to beat him, current IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, is the same way, and after Wlodarczyk gave the American a chance to redeem himself in May, he hopes Cunningham will do the same by agreeing to a rubber match to truly determine who the superior fighter is.
“I think a third match is the only true way to prove who is better,” said Wlodarczyk, who lost a razor-thin majority decision to Cunningham in May after beating him by split decision last November to win the vacant IBF title. “I won the first fight, he won the second, they were both very close, and the fans enjoyed both fights. I know that if we fight again, we will not only settle our score once and for all, but we will give the fans a memorable and meaningful fight.” Seminole Warriors Boxing and Hammer Knockout Promotions have made Don King, Cunningham’s promoter, a substantial offer to bring this tie-breaker to fruition.
The pride of Warsaw, Poland, who now makes his home in Piaseczno, Wlodarczyk (37-2, 27 KOs) is a skilled veteran of close to 40 fights despite being only 25 years old. Before the loss to Cunningham, “Diablo’ had won 17 fights in a row, 11 by knockout, and he only has redemption on his mind.
“100 title shots against other fighters would mean nothing to me,” said Wlodarczyk. “I only want to fight Cunningham to redeem myself, and I hope that as a true sportsman he will decide to face me in his first optional title defense to settle the score once and for all.”