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Golota vs Adamek Training Camp Notes

Tickets went on sale yesterday in Lodz, Poland, for the match between the best Polish heavyweight in history, Andrew Golota, and the best non-heavyweight Polish fighter, Tomasz Adamek, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Arena Lodz.

"Tickets are now on sale and everything is on schedule for the Polish Fight of the Century," promoter Zyggi Rozalski said. "Demand for this event in Poland is very high."

Tickets priced at $90, $55 and $27, with a limited number of premium seats available for $345, are available online at,, and

Powerhouse Polish television network Polsat, who is co-promoting the event, will televise the fight live throughout Poland as well.

Training Camp Notes

Andrew Golota is entering his fourth week of training in Chicago for this match. Golota suffered multiple tendon tears near his left bicep during the first round of his last match against Ray Austin in November during a bout staged in Chengdu, China. He had surgery to correct the injury in May and says the recovery has gone well. "So far, so good with my elbow," Golota said. "Right now, I have no special problems with it, just the usual pain when you hit the bag. This is a normal part of boxing."

Sparring began this week under the guidance of his longtime Windy City trainer Sam Colonna in a southwest Chicago gym. Golota currently weighs just over 250 pounds and plans to enter the ring somewhere around 245 pounds. He plans to rely on his power and ring experience when fighting his lighter, faster rival. "It's personal for me. This is the fight that I cannot lose. He's a world champion; I will give him that, but a rookie when it comes to the heavyweights."

Colonna, who started working with Golota after the Pole moved to Chicago in 1992, obviously doesn't want to go into detail about how he will prepare Golota to fight Adamek but did say this: "He will be surprised, for sure," Colonna said of Adamek. "I prepared Adamek for his first world championship fight against Paul Briggs. I know what Adamek likes to do in the ring, and I know what he is not as comfortable with. Andrew will be ready. He looked fabulous leading up to his last fight in China before suffering the injury in the first round of the fight with Ray Austin. He is already hitting harder than I expected him to at this point of training camp.

Tomasz Adamek is training at the Rocky Marciano Gym in Jersey City, N.J. training camp. The International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, and former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion, will be making his first appearance at heavyweight. He will again be working under the guidance of legendary Polish amateur and professional trainer Andrzej Gmitruk, who recently joined the camp after arriving from his home in Poland.

Just as Colonna has trained Adamek, Gmitruk also formerly trained was a former trainer of Golota. "Tomek will show everybody how good he is and how good he will be a as a heavyweight," Gmitruk said. "I have seen all of Golota's fights and also know how effective the smaller heavyweights, like Evander Holyfield, can be. Sometimes, heavyweight can give away even 35 to 45 pounds and still be effective. We will have two or three options of strategy to deploy depending on how Golota wants to fight. I never ask my fighters for one knockout punch, but in this case Tomek will have many opportunities for knockouts due to his superior hand speed and power."

Adamek said he plans to enter the ring around 215 pounds and has stressed how significant this fight is for him. "It's a very, very important fight for me," Adamek said. "It's my natural weight, I did not lose any speed as the tests are proving it. I gained power and will start sparring in couple of days. I expect to have least two heavyweights to prepare myself for Golota. Hopefully, one of them will be a good friend of Andrew's–Ray Austin, who defeated him in China."

8th annual “Fight To Educate” a homecoming for Granite State native Richard Gingras

Shieka-Hubinger headline Sept. 23 card Sept. 23 at Verizon Center in Manchester

MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 16, 2009) – New Hampshire native Richard Gingras, star of The Contender IV television reality television series, will be fighting in New Hampshire for only the third time as a pro when he enters the ring September 23rd in the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” charity event at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

The 8th annual “Fight To Educate,” presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, in association with Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, will benefit the SEE Science Center, Bobby Stephen Fund for Education, and The Veterans Count Club.

Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) takes on unbeaten Czech Republic light heavyweight sensation Adam Hubinger (13-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Gingras (9-2, 5 KOs), former World Ringside heavyweight amateur champion, fights Robert Davis in an 8-round Special Light Heavyweight Attraction. “It’s a little nerve-racking but the best place for me to fight,” the Claremont (NH) fighter said about fighting in front of so many fans in nearby Manchester. “It’s great for my fans, family and friends to follow me as I grow as a fighter. They inspire me, leading up to the fight, but once I step into the ring I block them out and then it’s only me, Peter Manfredo, Sr. (his head trainer) and the guy standing in front of me (his opponent).”

Fighting his entire pro career as a ( very light) cruiserweight, Gingras will be fighting at his natural 175-pound weight for the first time on Sept. 23rd, his first fight since he participated in The Contender IV. “I learned from fighting on The Contender that it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like,” Richard explained, “but that it’s all about right hands and left hooks. Fighters are given a chance to be just as good, or better, than their opponent. You just have to go out and get ‘em.

“I’ve always had a what-if attitude about fighting at the weight I’m supposed to be -- light heavyweight. It feels more professional instead of just fighting somebody and I’m much more comfortable. All of the amateur titles I won – World Ringside, 2-time New England Golden Gloves and Rocky Marciano Tournament -- were at heavyweight. I’ve fought guys over 225 pounds and I only weighed 188-190 as a cruiserweight (200 pound limit). This will be my first fight as a light heavyweight. The weight came off easy when I started working so hard with Peter. I still eat the same but this is my natural fighting weight. I’m chiseled; I was carrying a lot of water weight around. I’m still an aggressive, strong, power puncher, but now I’m lighter on my feet and I throw more punches.”

Unbeaten Worcester (MA) prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (11-0, 8 KOs), a 2-time U.S. national amateur champion, battles veteran super middleweight Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), former NABC Latino title-holder, in the 8-round co-feature.

2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (8-0. 2 KOs), who made his pro debut at last year’s “Fight To Educate” show, meets an opponent to be determined in a 6-rounder. O’Connor, a Framingham (MA) native, captured gold medals at last U.S. Future Stars, in which, he was selected Outstanding Boxer of the tournament, and National Golden Gloves Championships.

Also in the undercard, undefeated heavyweight Faruq “The Dream” Saleem (38-0, 32 KOs) faces an opponent to be determined, while Bronx (NY) super middleweight Hajro Sujak (3-0, 1 KO) fights Eric Clinton in six and four round bouts, respectively.

Tickets are priced at $10 (seniors, veterans and students only), $25 and $50 and available to purchase at the Verizon Wireless Arena Box Office, any TicketMaster location, on line at, or call 603.868.7300 to charge. For more information go to First bout will be at 8 PM/ET.

Article posted on 16.09.2009

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