Adamek last fought in December, knocking out Vinny Maddalone (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Polish Boxer Receiving Shot at Heavyweight World Championship
A former champion at both the light heavyweight and cruiserweight division, Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 38 KOs) is now set to get a shot at a world title in a third weight class. Main Events and the Klitschko Management Group have confirmed that Adamek will take on either WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) or IBF/WBO/IBO Champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) this September, and the heavyweight title bout will take place in Poland.
"We are extremely excited that Tomasz Adamek will not only get the opportunity to realize his dream of becoming the World Heavyweight Champion and the first man ever to win the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight crowns in September, but that he will do so in his native Poland,” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva stated. “Klitschko-Adamek will be Poland's first ever megafight. I can't wait to start working with the Klitschko Team on what will undoubtedly be an historic promotion and a spectacular event."
Adamek moved up to the heavyweight division in 2009, scoring a fifth round TKO win over Andrew Golota in his debut performance at the weight class. He has won five consecutive pairings as a heavyweight, picking up the IBF International and NABO Heavyweight Championship along the way.
"We are very happy with this deal. The Klitschkos were very generous,” said Ziggy Rozalski, who operates as Adamek’s co-promoter with Ziggy Promotions. “I am shocked that the Klitschkos agreed to do this fight in Poland, but it's in the middle of Europe. Obviously, we will have many Polish fans, but a lot of Ukraine people live in Poland, and all the Klitschko fans that live in Germany will also come see the fight. It's a great deal for everyone."
Adamek will find out which Klitschko he will fight as soon as the Ukranian brothers finish upcoming bouts. Vitali will face top WBC contender Odlanier Solis in Germany on March 19th, while the younger Wladimir will take on Dereck Chisora on April 30th in Germany. If both Klitschkos lose their matches, the deal with Adamek would become dead. If only one emerges victorious, the Polish heavyweight would face that winning brother, while the Klitschko camp would decide which one will battle him should they both win their fights. The location of the scheduled bout has also been set, as it will take place in a newly built soccer stadium that will host the upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 Tournament.
"I am very happy,” Adamek remarked. “I would like to thank the Klitschkos for being very generous with the percentage offer. I am looking forward to this fight. It doesn't make a difference to me which Klitschko I fight. Right now, they are both the biggest stars in the boxing world, and I want to fight the biggest stars. I'm grateful for the opportunity."
When asked, Vitali was very respectful of Adamek, who is slated to have a tune-up fight in April.
"Adamek is very experienced, fast and a hard punching opponent,” he commented. “Whether it is Wladimir or me, we have to be very concentrated during the entire fight. It is fantastic that a Polish and a Ukrainian boxer will be together in the ring to set the first sports highlight in the run down to the EURO 2012.”
Details regarding Adamek’s opponent in April are expected to be released in the upcoming weeks, and the heavyweight title bout will be confirmed by early May.