Tomasz Adamek to Face Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko in September
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, told FanHouse that WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and his older brother, WBC king Vitali Klitschko, have signed a deal that will allow either of the Ukrainian siblings to face Polish-born former light heavyweight (175 pounds) and cruiser weight (200 pounds) titlist Tomasz Adamek in September in a European soccer stadium that borders Germany in either Wroclaw or Warsaw Poland.
Duva told first told FanHouse earlier this month that the soccer stadiums seat around "62,000,"that they are" two of "four that are being built and refurbished in Poland right now," and added that their clash will be "part of the European soccer championships that are going to be held in Poland next year in 2012."
"I just signed a contract to fight Wladimir Klitschko. I signed for the most important fight of my life and one of the most important in the history of Polish boxing," said Adamek in a report by BoxingScene.com
"Within the next few days I want to deal with the issue of my opponent for April, but that issue will be handled by Roger Bloodworth, Main Events and Ziggy, and not me," said Adamek, referring to his co-promoter, Ziggy Rozalski. "All of the indications indicate that we will conduct our training camp in the Poconos mountains. I have about eight months to train to beat Klitschko."
The Klitschkos are extremely popular in Germany, and the September fight will be Poland's first on pay per view, said Duva, adding that "All systems will distribute."
"All of the conditions have been accepted by both parties. A contract was also signed by Wladimir. It was just a matter of determining a specific date in September," said Rozalski.
"But this is the case with German TV and HBO," said Rozalski. "We signed a very favorable contract with the best heavyweight fighter in the world. Tomasz has once again shown he is able to acquire things that others can only dream of."
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"The Klitschkos have signed, Tomasz Adamek has signed. Everybody has signed. At this point, I know that [The Klitschko's manager] Bernd Boente has told some people and that the fight is on for September, and that Tomasz Adamek will be fighting one of the Klitschkos, probably Wladimir," said Duva.
"But if for some reason Wladimir can't fight him, then Vitali will take his place. It will be in a soccer stadium. It's will be one of the stadiums being prepared for the 2012 European Soccer Championships, and so there is one in Wroclaw and there is one in Warsaw," said Duva.
"It will be in September. At this point, I believe that [The Klitschkos'] K2 Promotions will be issuing a press release tomorrow," said Duva. "But from our side, we had a plan to get Tomasz Adamek ready not just to fight for a heavyweight title, but to win it. We got a good deal in the contract and we're thrilled with the deal that we made and we're really excited that he will have the chance to become heavyweight champion in Poland."
A July 2 match between the 34-year-old Wladimir (55-3, 49 knockouts) and 30-year-old WBA king David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) of England had been considered for a time before the younger Klitschko took an April 30 bout opposite 27-year-old Zimbabwe native Dereck Chisora (14-0, nine KOs) of London.
Citing a torn abdominal muscle injury, Wladimir Klitschko had pulled out of last month's scheduled defense against Chisora that was scheduled for the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Klitscho apparently suffered the injury during a workout with trainer Manny Steward.
The 39-year-old Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) is coming off of October's unanimous decision victory over former titlist Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs), earning his ninth straight victory during a run that has included eight knockouts.
Vitali Klitschko made the fifth defense of the crown that he earned with an October 2008, eighth-round knockout of Nigerian-born former titlist Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KOs), was coming off of May's 10th-round knockout over Polish-born Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs), and has not lost since being stopped in the sixth round by Lennox Lewis in June 2003.
Vitali Klitschko is slated for a March bout opposite 30-year-old Cuban-born Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs), a former 2004 Olympic gold medalist who is coming off of last month's 10th-round disqualification victory over Ray Austin (28-5-4, 18 KOs).
"This will be the first-ever mega fight in Poland, and it's all good. Tomasz is going to fight in April, and, Wladimir and Vitali both have fights scheduled. Obviously, Adamek and at least one of the Klitschkos has to win for this to happen, and we hope that they all do," said Duva.
"September is a long way off, but one of the reasons that we were able to come to such an amicable agreement is that there's so much money in Poland at that particular point in time because those stadiums are going to be built and ready to go," said Duva. "At the moment, they're still being constructed, but we will be able to enter into this fight immediately and have a great opportunity."
The 34-year-old Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs), of Jersey City, N.J., is expected to return to the ring in April after having thrilled the partisan fans with last month's fifth-round stoppage of New York's 36-year-old Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) at his adopted home of the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The win was the fifth straight as a heavyweight and the 13th consecutive triumph overall by Adamek, who has not lost since February 2007 when he was dethroned as WBC light heavyweight (175 pounds) titlist by Chad Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs).
"We're working on an opponent for Tomasz," said Duva. "Hopefully, we will have an announcement in a day or two."
Adamek is after his first crown since winning the IBF cruiser weight belt by split-decision over Steve Cunningham in December 2008 and defending it twice.
"We are just very happy and very thrilled and it just shows that we have a fighter who is willing to fight anybody and who is willing to do whatever needs to be done to move up in order to accomplish his goals," said Duva. "It took a guy like Tomasz who was willing to follow the plan for two and a half years, and, basically, he's done what he needs to have done to be in this position and he deserves it."
Wladimir Klitschko will be after his 14th straight victory and his 11th stoppage by knockout during that run against Chisora, and is coming off of a Sept. 11, 10th-round technical knockout victory over Peter in a rematch of their September 2005 bout on by Klitschko after having been floored three times.
Wladimir Klitschko has not lost since being stopped by Lamon Brewster in the fifth round in April 2004, and ended a four-bout winning streak -- all by KO -- by the 30-year-old Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) of Las Vegas.
Klitschko vowed before the Peter bout that he would end the fight by knockout, and he kept his word as Peter lost for the first time since March 2009 when he was majority-decisioned over 10 rounds by Eddie Chambers of Philadelphia.
Nicknamed, "Steelhammer," Klitscho scored March's 12-round knockout of Chambers, and his winning streak includes a July 2007 sixth-round stoppage of Brewster.