Adamek and trainer Roger Bloodworth do some combination work (Photo by Kubikfoto).
Sadam Ali Returns to Ring on Undercard
Fight fans are now less than two weeks out from a title defense by IBF International and NABO Heavyweight Champion Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs), who will be facing Queens native Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs) on December 9th at Prudential Center. Also returning to action on the fight’s undercard is fast rising welterweight Sadam Ali (10-0, 6 KOs) when he puts his perfect professional record on the line against Manuel Guzman (7-9-2, 3 KO's).
"I've been training hard for seven weeks with (trainer) Roger (Bloodworth)," Adamek said at a recent media workout. "I'm ready to fight. If I am quick, I can beat everybody."
Bloodworth has been focused upon increasing the speed of an already quick Adamek in the training for this bout, and he feels that his Polish heavyweight is already striking faster in this camp.
"He's a little more relaxed when he's throwing his punches, so he's faster," Bloodworth remarked. "His foot movement is a little bit better than it was. He's getting a little bit better each camp. The only way you get more pop in your punch is with speed. He's coming along. He's doing it here."
This fight marks the fourth in what has been a busy year for Adamek, who scored decision wins in 2010 over Jason Estrada, Chris Arreola and most recently against Michael Grant in August. Usually at a distinct height disadvantage since stepping up to the heavyweight division, the Polish sensation stands about a half-inch taller than Maddalone. The New Yorker last stepped into the ring in March when he scored a TKO victory against Dominique Alexander in Atlantic City, and the Irish brawler admits that the odds are stacked against him in this pairing.
“I know I am the underdog, and that is fine with (me),” Maddalone stated. “I have been the underdog throughout much of my career. It motivates me. It pushes me in my training. I know I am going to be entering into very hostile territory come fight night. I know I am going up against the sea of red and white, but I know by the end of the fight, there are going to be more than a few of those Polish fans that turn into Vinny Maddalone fans. It's going to be a great and exciting night.”
Tickets for Adamek-Maddalone are on sale now, and they can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or logging onto the Prudential Center website at www.Prucenter.com.