Adamek and trainer Roger Bloodworth hope to earn their way to another heavyweight title fight (Photo by Mike Gladysz).
Afternoon PPV Event Will Be for IBF North American Title
After being unable to come to terms with former three-division world champion James Toney, Main Events has confirmed that Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) will now face the six-foot-five Travis Walker (39-7-1, 31 KOs) on the afternoon of September 8th at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The bout, which is airing as an afternoon PPV event in consideration of boxing fans in Poland, will be for the IBF North American Heavyweight Championship.
"Tomasz has expressed his desire to face tall opponents in order to better prepare for inevitable future fights with the many super-sized heavyweights who are in the division," Main Events promoter Kathy Duva stated. "Travis Walker is a top 12 contender coming off a big win who is eager to face Adamek's challenge. We expect another great event at Pru Center. The only difference will be that this show will take place in the afternoon to accommodate Polish television."
Adamek last fought in June at Prudential Center, scoring a unanimous decision victory in a highly competitive bout with Philadelphia native Eddie Chambers, who essentially was forced to compete with one hand after tearing his left bicep in the first round.
"I like Travis as an opponent because he is a tough fighter and all his fights are interesting,” Adamek remarked. “Every fight he fights is for the fans, like me. I have fought at Prudential Center eight times, and I am excited to come back to give my fans a good fight and another exciting win."
Now fighting out of Jersey City, Adamek moved up to the heavyweight division in 2009, scoring a fifth round TKO win over Andrew Golota in his debut performance at the weight class. The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion then won six consecutive pairings as a heavyweight, picking up the IBF International and NABO Heavyweight Championship along the way. He has his focus set upon becoming the first man ever to win the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight crowns, and he had an opportunity to accomplish that feat last September when he met WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko in Poland. Despite a gritty performance, Adamek suffered a 10th round TKO loss to the much bigger Klitschko. Including the defeat of Chambers, he has since won his last two contests.
Despite being considered the underdog in this pairing, Walker and his team feel that he will shock the boxing community on September 8th.
"I predict that Travis will stop Adamek,” his promoter Adrian L. Patrick said. “At some point in the 12 rounds, Adamek will slip, and Travis will destroy him."
A Houston native, Walker was the 2003 National Golden Gloves Champion in the Super Heavyweight Division, capping off a rather successful amateur career. As a professional, he did not suffer his first defeat until his 27th outing, which was an extremely controversial first round TKO loss to TJ Wilson just 15 seconds after the opening bell. After a period of ups and downs since that night in 2007, he has now won five of his last six bouts, last fighting in March when he registered a sixth frame TKO stoppage of Kali Meehan in Australia. Walker is currently listed number 12 on the IBF rankings.
"Adamek thinks that I will be an easy win for him, but he will be greatly surprised at the combination of finesse, strength and power that I will utilize in this fight,” Walker offered. “I'm going to stop him, period."
The first bell of this afternoon show will occur at 2:00 p.m., and a full undercard is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. One fighter who is already slated to appear is undefeated heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings (14-0, KOs).