Adamek celebrates his win over Cristobal Arreola in April (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Heavyweight Pairing Set for August 21st at Prudential Center
Newark, N.J. (Monday, May 31, 2010) – After an impressive win over Cristobal Arreola in April, converted heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) has set the date for his fourth fight since moving up to his current weight class. Adamek will return to Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, August 21st, and in the opposite corner of the ultra-popular Polish boxer will be 37-year-old power puncher Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs).
"This fight makes so much sense for me," Adamek said of the bout. "Michael Grant is a very big heavyweight. This fight will prepare me to fight Haye or Klitschko. First though, I have to beat Grant, and I do not take him lightly. I was pleased with the results of my training camp for the Arreola fight, so for Grant we will follow the same hard regimen but also work on skills that will keep him guessing."
After his victory over Arreola, Adamek had hoped for a title shot against WBA World Heavyweight Champion David Haye or one of the Klitschko brothers, but his team decided on this fight with Grant once none of those bouts were able to be scheduled. Grant last stepped in the ring on May 7th and scored a first round knockout of Kevin Burnett (13-4-1, 8 KOs), and the Chicago native stands 6-7 with an 86-inch reach. Those dimensions are very similar to what Adamek would face in either of the Klitschkos.
"Michael Grant provides a new challenge to Tomasz, who must adjust to much taller and harder punching opponents than he faced in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions," said Kathy Duva, who is the CEO of Main Events, the promotional group that represents Adamek.
In addition to this being the fourth fight for Adamek since moving up to the heavyweight division, it is also his fifth overall at Prudential Center. With the large contingency of Polish residents in the surrounding area, Adamek enjoys somewhat of a home field advantage when he competes in Newark, and he has not disappointed in any of his previous appearances. Two of the bouts have ended early as a result of a TKO, and the other pair has gone his way via unanimous decision.
"Every time Tomasz Adamek comes to fight at Prudential Arena, it feels like a big party,” Duva stated. “The atmosphere is electric, and the crowd gets bigger and bigger every time. We expect a capacity audience to turn out again for the fun.”
Adamek has already won a world title in both the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions, and he has a determined focus of becoming an eventual champion in a third division as a heavyweight. Quite literally, this match-up will be a big test for Adamek, with Grant currently riding an eight-bout winning streak.
"I would like to thank Main Events and their staff for their professionalism and the opportunity to face one of the best heavyweights in the division," Grant spoke of fighting Adamek. "Tomasz has proven he is a true heavyweight and a force in the division. I realize this is a great opportunity for me and my team, and I will be coming to win this fight on August 21st."
Before Adamek and Grant do battle in August, boxing will first return to Prudential Center in July. Main Events announced in May that former world champion Zab Judah had rejoined its group, and he will return to the ring in Newark. Judah does not yet know who he will be fighting in July, but many rumors are swirling around a potential bout with Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs). The fight could possibly air on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights if an agreement is reached.