Adamek finds himself one win away from a world title fight (Photo courtesy of Main Events).
Heavyweights to Meet at Prudential Center in Newark
Previously announced as occurring on April 23rd, an upcoming heavyweight fight between Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) and Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs) has been moved to Saturday, April 9th. The two veteran boxers will meet at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with a win by Adamek securing a title shot against either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko later this year.
"Like Tomasz Adamek, many of the Polish fans are deeply religious and the fact that the bout was scheduled for Easter Saturday was troubling to them," Main Events CEO Kathy Duva remarked. "We heard the fans loud and clear, and when the opportunity to move to April 9th presented itself, we decided to move to a date that is more acceptable to our fans."
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.