Adamek has less than two weeks of training before returning to the ring (Mike Gladys, Millenium Photos).
Polish Heavyweight will Face Michael Grant on August 21st
Newark, N.J. (Monday, August 9, 2010) – Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) is closing in on his return to Prudential Center, where he will face a big test in 6-foot-7 Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) on Saturday, August 21st. The bout will be the first for Adamek since an impressive decision win over Cristobal Arreola this past April in California.
“My sparring partners are tall, too. I don't feel (Grant’s height will be) a problem,” Adamek said of his upcoming opponent. “With these guys, I feel good in the ring. For me, size is not a problem. Speed is power. Just like with Arreola and Andrew Golota, it's the same. I am quick, that is my advantage. Good left hand, and every time I train, I am stronger. I'll win this fight."
This will be the fourth fight for Adamek since moving up to the heavyweight division, with each of his previous three bouts resulting in victories. This fight also marks the fifth time overall that he has stepped through the ropes at Prudential Center in Newark. With the large contingency of Polish residents in the surrounding area, Adamek enjoys somewhat of a home field advantage when he competes in Newark. He has won all four of his previous pairings at the arena, and the atmosphere that is created by his presence is among the most exciting in the sport today.
“I love tough fights because people remember them for a long time,” Adamek stated. “I want to be champion, and I would like to fight great fights."
The report from Adamek’s training camp at World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City is that the Polish heavyweight is at the top of his game, according to trainer Roger Bloodworth.
"I think his technique is a lot better in this camp,” Bloodworth commented. “We've had a little more time together, so I think his technique has improved a lot. He's a terrific student. I think you have to grow into being a heavyweight, and I think he's adjusted very well."
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.
“I'm going to win this fight, and next fight, and next fight,” Adamek remarked. “I'm going to be champion. It's my dream. I've been two times champion. My dream is to be champion in three categories. First guy to do it."
Also on the Adamek-Grant bill is fast-rising star Sadam Ali (8-0, 4 KOs), who dismantled Julias Edmonds in three rounds the last time he fought on July 16th at Prudential Center on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.