Adamek is now one win away from a world title fight (Photo by Mike Gladysz, Millenium Photo).
Polish Heavyweight to Face Kevin McBride on April 9th
Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) has proven time and time again that he prefers being active in the ring rather than waiting on an opponent, and the Polish heavyweight is making that point once again in taking a fight on April 9th with veteran fighter Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs). The bout serves as the final test for Adamek before an upcoming world title fight with one of the Klitschko brothers, with a win stamping his ticket to his home nation of Poland for the championship opportunity.
"A lot of people say 'why do you fight before the Klitschko fight and take a chance?' You know every fight is a danger, but I can't stay home and sit with nothing to do,” Adamek remarked. “I need to practice. Every day, I learn a little bit and a little bit more. This is my way. It will only help me prepare."
The April 9th date will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, which has become a welcoming home to Adamek, now a resident of neighboring Jersey City. The fans come in droves to support him at the New Jersey venue, and the McBride fight will likely set a new boxing high at the arena.
"Fighting Kevin McBride is a good test for me,” Adamek continued. “We had a good camp. I am in the ring with Roger every day. I am six, seven weeks training very hard. As you know, Roger changed me a lot. I have more movement. When I punch somebody, I hit them up. I am more flexible in the ring. I can change. I feel I can fight anybody and win."
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 class. 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 on April 9th would set him for the opportunity to do just that. However, McBride hopes to derail those plans.
"Adamek was a great champion in light heavyweight and cruiserweight, but this is the heavyweight division. I know that one punch can do the job," McBride stated. “This is my last chance to show the world that I am a contender, and I'll follow my dream to be the first Irish born heavyweight champion. I have a good team with manager Jerry Quinn and trainers Goody Petronella, who will be in my corner with Nirmal Lorick."
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 younger Wladimir takes on Dereck Chisora on April 30th in Germany. Vitali stopped Odlanier Solis last Saturday, and the Klitschko camp will decide which of the brothers will battle Adamek should Wladimir defeat Chisora. If that does not happen, the Polish fighter will be booked to fight Vitali.
"The Solis fight was only two minutes, but two times he hit him (Klitschko) very easy,” Adamek said of last Saturday’s affair. “I think, and Roger said too, a short guy with a tall guy is never a good opponent, because they are difficult. It is difficult to hit (the short guy) because he is down. Valuev said the same thing after fighting Haye. He said he never fought a guy like David. David was like me. We are quick and uncomfortable to fight."
Should Adamek emerge victorious on Saturday, the location of the scheduled Klitschko bout will take place in a newly built soccer stadium in Poland that will host the upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 Tournament.
Tickets for next Saturday are priced at $253, $103, $78 and $53, and they are available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Prudential Center box office, located at 165 Mulberry Street in Newark.