2009-07-11 Tomasz Adamek w rsc 4 Bobby Gunn, Prudential Centre, Newark, New Jersey, USA. - IBF/The Ring
After Adamek relinquished the IBF title on 18 October, having decided to fight in the heavyweight division, Steve Cunningham and Troy Ross were signed up to find a new champion. Since losing the IBF title to Adamek, Cunningham had beaten Wayne Braithwaite (w pts 12 at the BankAtlantic Centre, Sunrise, Florida on 11 July 2009) to win an eliminator and become the top- ranking fighter in The Ring, while Ross was rated at number five in the same magazine.
When it was clear that Adamek was staying in the heavyweight division, The Ring Championship Belt became available on 20 February 2010 for the next pair of outstanding candidates to contest as and when.