Michael Grant and Tomasz Adamek are expected to put on a show this Saturday.
Prudential Center is Site of Heavyweight Showdown
North Bergen, N.J. (Wednesday, August 18, 2010) – The finishing touches were put on the preliminary affairs for Saturday’s Big Challenge between Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) and Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) today, with the fight’s final press conference going down at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen. The two heavyweights will headline a huge boxing card at Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday, with the event also airing live on pay-per-view.
“You can tell it’s going to be a good fight,” said Roger Bloodworth, trainer for Adamek. “We have all the respect in the world for the Grant camp, and we took this fight because Tomasz had to be able to prove he could hang with a big man. So whoever named this the Big Challenge may be exactly correct.”
The Big Challenge that Bloodworth spoke about is the name of the marketing campaign produced by Adamek’s promotional representatives, Main Events, and it accurately describes what is in front of the six-foot-one Polish heavyweight. Grant stands six inches taller and owns about an 11-inch reach on Adamek, also holding a significant weight advantage.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to fight Tomasz and my man Roger over there,” Grant stated today. “No doubt, it’s going to be a nice night for the fight community, for the boxing world. The heavyweight division is sad right now, so I just say don’t lose hope. Don’t lose hope because I know the belts are over water right now, but they’ll be back. They will definitely be back.”
Currently, the major heavyweight titles are owned by Ukranian brothers, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, and the winner of the Adamek-Grant pairing will likely get a title crack against one of the Klitschkos. 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 class as a heavyweight.
“I’m ready to fight,” Adamek said in a brief statement today. “We are prepared. I’ve prepared with Roger for 11 weeks. I’m very happy and ready to fight. See you Saturday.”
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 bouts at the arena, and the atmosphere that is created by his presence is among the most exciting in the sport today. The anticipated crowd for Saturday is already expected to be larger than any of his previous four fights at Prudential Center.
For those unable to make it to Newark, the pay-per-view card will hit the air at 9:00 p.m. With a suggested retail price of $29.95, the card will be available throughout the United States and Canada on a variety of cable and satellite providers. For more information, contact your local television distributor.