Sparks will fly when Arreola and Adamek face off tonight in California.
Heavyweight Duo to Battle Tonight in California
Ontario, Calif. (Saturday, April 24, 2010) – When Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) steps into the ring tonight for his third fight since moving up in weight class, he will be facing a significant weight disadvantage on the other side of the squared circle. When he looks over at his opponent, an empowering Chris Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) will be staring him down at a full 33 pounds heavier than the 33 year old Adamek.
“I think his weight will be my advantage,” Adamek said this week. “He's a heavier guy than me, and my quickness will get the best of him. I will make him pay for his misses with my speed and quickness.”
Adamek last fought on February 6th against former Olympian Jason Estrada in front of a capacity crowd at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Jersey City native enjoyed somewhat of a home field advantage that night, with thousands of Polish fight fans pouring into the arena. Adamek fed off the electric energy of the crowd and cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Estrada, marking his ninth consecutive win and fourth victory in four bouts at Prudential Center.
Tonight, though, the advantage of fighting close to home shifts to Arreola, who is from Los Angeles. Being closer to his hometown and holding a large weight differential is something that many boxing enthusiasts have used as reasons to give him a slight advantage in the bout.
"Tomasz Adamek is a proven champion and my respect goes out to him, (but) I know he's going to run away from me," Arreola remarked. "I know I'm going to have to cut the ring off, and once I get him against the ropes, I'm going to have to bang away. He's no Vitali Klitschko. You know, Vitali was big and rangy. So eventually I will catch him and when I do it's going to be all over.”
Arreola suffered the only loss of his career to Klitschko last September at the Staples Center.
The decision to fight so far from home by Adamek, who also has only a single blemish on his professional record, is one that some have questioned, but the Polish workhorse insists that he will do whatever it takes to rise up the rankings in his new weight class.
"I never had that easy career or easy life," he stated. "I don't like easy things. If you know how I can be a world champion fighting easy guys, please let me know. If you want to be a world champion, you have to beat the guys they are putting in front of you. For sure I can make easier money fighting in Poland or New Jersey, but it's not me. It makes no point. The fans know I'm a warrior. I'm not fighting for an easy paycheck."
The action will be live from Citizens Bank Arena tonight via HBO’s Boxing After Dark, with the undercard getting started at 11:15 p.m. EST.