Tomasz Adamek has been a crowd favorite and ticket seller in his home base of Newark, NJ. Since his move up the ranks from light heavyweight to cruiserweight, and then now to heavyweight, Adamek has brought out the Polska (Polish fans) and the excitement to the Prudential Center. He will have his opportunity to do it again on September 8thwhen he takes on the tough and sturdy Travis Walker.The last three times we’ve seen Adamek however, he’s been far from impressive. Last September, he took on the giant that is Vitali Klitschko and like most of Vitali’s opponents; he received a beating in front of his home fans in Poland. Then he returned from that defeat and looked less than stellar against an overweight journeyman in Nagy Aguilera. The culmination of his less than stellar performances was a fight that took place in June of this year against Eddie Chambers in a fight that could have gone either way. Adamek got the nod from the judges but he fought an Eddie Chambers that didn’t have the use of his left arm for most of the fight, and landed right hands at will against the Polish Heavyweight. So one must wonder what an able Eddie Chambers would have done against Adamek.
However, Adamek has moved on and is looking forward to the future. Enter in his next opponent Travis Walker. Adamek is very happy with his opponent because he feels this will be an action packed fight and said, “Walker stepped up and took the fight. This is going to be a great fight, no one is going to be running and the fans are going to be very pleased.”
Most people were not however pleased with Adamek’s last performance and thought Adamek should have given Chambers’ a rematch before he fought anyone else. Adamek however feels differently and said, “Rematch? Why? I won the fight. Who would want to see that fight again? I want bigger fights, world championship fights, and after this fight, that’s what I’m going for.”
The prize that Adamek is eyeing is the crown held by Wladimir Klitschko. Adamek came up well short in his attempt against Wladimir’s older brother Vitali, but says next time around, things will be different. “I had to get accustomed to the conditions in Poland and in training camp. I was only there for nine days but I lost. Now I am more prepared for whatever the challenge. Vitali’s the better brother and is more of a killer but Wladimir is a great champion, but I think I have what It takes to take him on and beat him in 2013,” stated Adamek.
Most people feel that there are great fights in the heavyweight division to be made if you exclude the Klitschko crown. With names like David Haye, Marco Huck, and Alexander Povetkin available, Adamek has plenty of options should he not land the Klitschko bout. Adamek however isn’t interested, “I want the heavyweight championship, and none of those guys have it; not even Povetkin. He doesn’t have the real title, that’s Wladimir, and that’s who I want.”
While that bout with Wladimir Klitschko may be available for Adamek, it probably won’t take place until 2013. With a huge NBC date looming in December, Adamek is one of the prime targets to headline the return of boxing to terrestrial television. Kathy Duva, the CEO of Main Events said, “We want that date to include heavyweights and Adamek would be a good fit, against who, who knows? We have Bryant Jennings on the undercard, we just signed Steve Cunningham. There are plenty of options being discussed but we won’t know until the date gets nearer and after September 8th.”
The September 8th bout will take place in the afternoon to accommodate the overseas pay-per-view, mainly the Polish patrons who love their countryman Adamek. The NBC date might also take place in the afternoon on a Saturday and it would make financial sense to stage Adamek to maximize the revenue overseas on the card. Should he get the date, a possible opponent could be the recent Main Event heavyweight signee Steve Cunningham who will probably make his debut in the division on the very same card.
Adamek and Cunningham staged a classic in the very same arena in Newark while both were campaigning in the cruiserweight division, a bout which Adamek won by split decision. Could such a classic be in the works for December, Adamek says, “It was a great fight, He’s a good fighter but who knows? I just want to beat Walker than try and go after the heavyweight title, and give my fans a good fight.” That he will, no matter whom he fights in front of 10,000 screaming fans in Newark.