By James Slater – Polish warrior Tomasz Adamek, last seen stopping the always-game Vinny Maddalone in the 5th-round of an entertaining heavyweight battle, has confirmed he will be back in action on April 16th. “Goral” told Fightnews that he will fight again on April 16th, in his native Poland – at the Spodek Arena in Katowice.
So far, no opponent has been made official, though the name of former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter has been mentioned as one possibility..
“I don’t know who I will be fighting,” Adamek said. “This time it is up to the International Boxing Federation, they will decide my next opponent. To be perfectly honest, I’m not losing any sleep thinking about possible candidates because I will be ready for everybody who is on the IBF list.
“2011 will be a very important year for me and I would like to have the best possible opposition in the IBF rankings before challenging for a world title.”
It seems, then, the plan is for the former light-heavy and cruiserweight ruler to have one, maybe two more fights before going for a version of the world heavyweight title. The Klitschkos are both well aware of Adamek, and both have expressed an interest in fighting him. However, WBC boss Vitali must first take care of his mandatory, Odlanier Solis. While Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO ruler Wladimir is still recovering from the abdominal injury that forced him to pull out of his fight with Derek Chisora. As for WBA champ David Haye, I haven’t heard him ever say too much about Adamek.
In any case, both Klitschkos, Wlad especially, want to get it on with Haye, and it seems a unification bouts is as close as it’s been in a while. It might be that Adamek will keep himself busy, and then go for the winner of the eventual Klitschko-Haye winner late next year.
And the word is, one of the names mentioned for who Adamek might keep himself busy against is “The Nigerian Nightmare.”
“We would like to make the fight with Adamek and I hope that the IBF will not hold against Sam his recent loss against Wladimir Klitschko,” Peter’s manager, Ivaylo Gotzev said. “Styles make fights and this would be a great one.”
It could be a great one. Peter, if he has anything left to offer after the beating he took from “Dr. Steel Hammer,” could test Adamek’s chin and heart in a major way. But, does Peter, who has already had so many big fights, deserve another chance at the top? Would the fans buy an Adamek-Peter clash?
“Goral” is right when he says 2011 is a very important year for him, and it would be great to see him in ultra-competitive match-ups, against the best. Will next year see the Polish hero win his third world title?