Adamek is now one win away from a heavyweight title shot (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Heavyweights to Meet at Prudential Center in Newark
Originally thought to be heading to Poland, an upcoming heavyweight fight between Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) and Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs) has been confirmed by Main Events to be coming to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The two veteran boxers will square off on Saturday, April 23rd, with a win by Adamek securing a title shot against either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko later this year.
"There were a lot of things taken into consideration when choosing this fight,” Main Events CEO Kathy Duva stated. “Overall, though, Tomasz was just more comfortable staying at home for this fight. We'll now focus on McBride and then focus all of our efforts into the big one in September. I think that his fans at Prudential Center will give Tomasz a great sendoff to Poland in this fight, and I wouldn't be surprised to see some of them in Poland in September."
Adamek moved up to the heavyweight division in 2009, scoring a fifth round TKO win over Andrew Golota in his debut performance at that weight. He has won five consecutive pairings as a heavyweight, picking up the IBF International and NABO Heavyweight Championship along the way. He has his focus set upon becoming the first man ever to win the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight crowns, and a win over McBride would set him for the opportunity to do just that.
If Adamek defeats McBride, who is best known for knocking out Mike Tyson in 2005, the Polish heavyweight 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, he 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 in Poland that will host the upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 Tournament.