Adamek Favored in New Jersey Bout
On Thursday, in Newark, Tomasz Adamek will be facing New York’s Vinny Maddalone for the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Championships. Adamek originally from Zywiec, Poland now fights out of Jersey City, N.J. He is the number four ranked heavyweight in the world
Adamek (42-1, 27 KO’s) is heavily favored coming into this fight and riding an 11 fight win streak, but Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO’s) is an experienced fighter with heavy hands. Of course Maddalone will be looking for the major upset to move closer for a potential contention fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Maddalone is explosive and can also take a punch.
Adamek responded to how this fight will get him closer to the world title. He said, “Every fight is a step closer to a championship fight. Every fight teaches me many new things. Roger (Bloodworth) is a good teacher. I’ve changed my style, I feel better and I have more movement. I’m healthy. That’s very important. I feel like I am a better fighter now than I was before camp.”
Every time Adamek fights at the Prudential Center he puts on a performance for his loyal fans. More of the same can be expected when these two veteran punchers square off. If Adamek gets ahead on points early, he may illustrate his showy side to stretch out the fight. Remember senior citizen Evander Holyfield beat Maddalone. The fight is on pay-per-view.
Wolak Makes the Best of Scratched Fight
Both fighters have great records. It was supposed to be a main event. Middleweight Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KO’s) had jumped at the invitation to fight the popular Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) at Anaheim’s Honda Center.
“I dropped everything I was planning and said yes,” said Wolak, who had originally trained for a Christmas time bout in Brooklyn, New York. Just days before the fight, Chavez Jr.’s handlers reported the son of the legendary Mexican fighter awoke with a 103-degree fever. Chavez Jr. withdrew from the fight.
To Wolak, a native Dębica, Poland, something was not right. “I believe he’s having a weight problem and it’s a tough fight for him. I think he’s scared of the loss. To fight me, you have to come into that ring in tip-top shape. He obviously isn’t,” added Wolak.
Promoter Bob Arum said Chavez Jr. lost a $775,000 purse and a possible next fight against junior-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto by pulling out.
Wolak was regulated to the undercard with a credible replacement. He shrugged off a second-round knockdown by Mexico’s Jose Pinzon (19-1-1, 13 KO’s) and won by TKO in the seventh.
Wolak is a brick worker for the Pointers, Cleaners and Caulkers Union in Long Island when he’s not in training.
Dimitrenko and Sosnowski Bout Cancelled
The Heavyweight tilt between former world title holder Albert Sosnowski of Poland and current European Boxing Union champion Alexander Dimitrenko was suddenly cancelled. The unexpected happened just before the fight was scheduled to start last weekend. It was at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany and the bout was cancelled just minutes before the 10 rounder was scheduled to begin.
Dimitrenko fainted in his dressing room and was taken from the arena to a hospital on a stretcher. In a prepared statement, promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl said, “I was there just after he collapsed in the dressing room; He lay motionless on the ground. There are signs of food poisoning because he was very cramped. He said repeatedly that he wants to fight, but we couldn’t let that happen.”
Ringside physician Dr. Christopher Goetz said, “He had a very low blood pressure and was hyperventilating. His hands were clenched tight. Even though his condition stabilized, there was no chance that he could step into the ring. It’s necessary that he now go to the hospital to find out the cause of this condition.”
In Hamburg for an appearance, his first since the episode, Dimitrenko said, “I am not seriously ill, thank God. I caught an upset stomach and I had diarrhea since Tuesday. But I didn’t tell anyone. Not even my trainer. I’m really sorry. I’ll be ready to fight Sosnowski as soon as possible and I would like to thank all those who have supported me in this situation.”
The fight is planned to be re-scheduled when the heavily favored Dimitrenko gets a medical clearance from the EBU.
Klitschko Confident Over Brit
Heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and Dereck Chisora of England will square off in Mannheim, Germany on December 11. Klitschko said, “He might have big dreams, but I will send him back to the UK without any belts.” The fight will be shown in the U.S. on Saturday, Dec.11, at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com
Zbik and Martinez Must Schedule
The camps of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik were to initiate negotiations for the undisputed WBC middleweight title. It was announced if there is no agreement between the parties; the WBC will conduct a purse offer on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Mexico City.
Boxing Legend Hospitalized
Hall of Fame Boxing broadcaster, Bob Sheridan has been hospitalized due to water in the lungs and an irregular heart beat. “The Colonel” as he is known has broadcast over 10,000 fights over a 40 year career.
“Speed Bag Notes”
· Promoter Tuto Zabala will showcase Ukraine prospect Dmitrij Szabanyin who will make his professional debut Friday’s in Kissimmee, Florida. He had an 80-9 amateur record.
· The World Series of Boxing continues this weekend with matches in Miami and Los Angeles. The WSB is an amateur team concept competition.
· Nothing will happen with the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes before the end of the year. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is having Pacquiao move back down to welterweight to fight 39-year-old Shane Mosley next year on April 16th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
December 7, 2010
Photo 1: Tomasz Adamek facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tomasz-Adamek/32997964196
Photo 2: Pawel Wolak of Poland and now a Brooklyn, New York native son, TKO’s Jose Pinzon in the seventh round in Anaheim, CA. Photo courtesy of Top Rank