Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME – Adamek/Banks is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions. Tickets, priced from $38, can be purchased at The Prudential Center box office or by calling Ticketmaster (201) 507-8900. Non-televised undercard bouts begin at 8:30 p.m. ET. Detroit’s undefeated Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) will challenge Adamek for his IBF cruiserweight title to be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Banks is the IBF’s No. 8-ranked contender and is managed and trained by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward..
Said Banks Monday: “I’m a boxer, that’s what I do, the difference is, I can punch. Sparing with Wladimir (Klitschko) taught me how to deal with punches, I’m well equipped to win this fight. Look for an explosive fight; most of all don’t blink!.”
Tomasz Adamek prepared for his Friday night SHOWTIME, ShoBox: The New Generation fight with an open workout on Monday at the C.O.M.B.A.T Club House Gym in Newark, N.J. Adamek is 36-1 with 24 KOs. The fight will air live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast.
Said Adamek Monday: “After beating (Steve) Cunningham I became No. 1. I feel I am the best. Although I won that fight and everyone liked it, it was rough on me because I would have liked the fight to have been sooner. I trained for six months (for Cunningham) because the fight was changed two times. This fight, they will see a better Adamek because I will be more fresh and sharp. I will win!”
NOTE: In the 12-round ShoBox co-feature, Giovanni Lorenzo (26-1, 18 KOs), of New York City via the Dominican Republic, will be opposed by Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Colombia, in an IBF middleweight elimination bout. The winner could next face challenge champion Arthur Abraham.
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