Adamek faces the 6-foot-5 Walker in the main event (Photos courtesy of Main Events).
Adamek vs. Walker Headlining Newark Event
Three heavyweight bouts are on tap for Saturday afternoon on September 8th, with WealthTV picking up the television rights to the show at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) will meet hard-hitting veteran Travis Walker (39-7-1, 31 KOs) in the main event, with Philadelphia natives Steve Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) and Bryant Jennings (14-0, 6 KOs) also competing on the card.
"We're very happy to collaborate with WealthTV on our loaded heavyweight September 8 show," Main Events President Kathy Duva stated. "WealthTV offers us a great opportunity to further expand our market in the United States for our fighters and brand. We think WealthTV's unique viewership offers an untapped market in boxing."
WealthTV President Charles Herring also voiced his excitement in having this unique afternoon affair on their network.
"This will be an exciting fight to watch," he said of Adamek vs. Walker. "Adamek is rated number four in the world, and he has tremendous talent and speed. Walker is recognized as a legitimate US heavyweight, displaying fan-friendly action, good size and dangerous power. We're excited to feature this top-world rated match on WealthTV. The action continues with two other heavyweight brawls on this September 8th card that promises thunder."
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. He has returned to the ring twice since that outing, winning both of his last two contests.
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.
To accommodate viewers in Poland, this card will hit the television airways at 3:00 p.m. EST in a rare afternoon boxing event. Tickets to the live show in Newark are also available through Ticketmaster, ranging in price from $55-$180.