Ready to Rock

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 31, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. will be the place to be this summer for hot boxing action, as Zab “Super” Judah and Tomasz Adamek make their highly-anticipated returns.

Judah (38-6, 26 KOs), a former undisputed world welterweight and IBF junior welterweight titlist, resumes his comeback against Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Judah vs. Santa Cruz will be the main event of an ESPN 2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast and will mark Judah’s Prudential Center in-ring debut.

Meanwhile, Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs), the former WBC light-heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion, continues his march toward a heavyweight title fight, but Michael Grant will be standing in his way on Saturday, August 21.

Judah, the 32 year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be looking to end his career on a grand stage. Judah, along with his newly formed Super Judah Promotions, recently reunited with Main Events.

“I like to finish how I started so we teamed up with Main Events, we crossed the water to team up with Prudential Center and I’m back,” Judah said in a statement.

Judah began his career with Main Events after compiling an impressive 110-5 amateur record that included two U.S. National titles and three NYC Golden Gloves titles. Judah made his professional debut on September 20, 1996 stopping Michael Johnson inside two rounds.

Judah is a flash southpaw with blinding speed and power in both fists. Judah was a beast on the night he won his first world championship on February 12, 2000. Judah destroyed Jan Bergman to claim the vacant IBF 140-pound title. Judah made five successful defenses before suffering a stunning second-round TKO defeat to WBC/WBA champion Kostya Tszyu in November 2001.

Judah would claim a WBO 140-title from a now-faded DeMarcus Corley in 2003, but in 2005, shocked the world by embarrassing undisputed WBC/WBA and IBF welterweight champion Cory Spinks in his native St. Louis, MO.

Afterwards, Judah’s career has been back-and-forth. Perhaps a little inconsistent, as far as fighting and defeating the best guys out there.

While Judah has looked amazing against subpar opposition in recent years, he looked as though as if he fell apart in losses to Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Perhaps the most embarrassing loss of Judah’s career (aside from the Tszyu finish) occurred in January 2006. Fighting in front of his hometown supporters at Madison Square Garden, New York City, Judah squandered the world welterweight championship during a razor-thin, but unanimous decision loss to journeyman Juan Carlos Baldomir.

Judah, although he has won two consecutive bouts, he is 4-4 with 1 No-Contest since 2006. Judah, make no mistake, is truly a sensational talent and is a gifted fighter. Hopefully, the move to junior welterweight can reenergize his career and redirect his concentration to fighting consistently against the best.

Adamek vs. 6-foot-7 Grant

Former two-division champion Tomasz Adamek has raised a lot of eye brows since moving up to the heavyweight division. Adamek has cleaned house posting impressive wins against former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada and former unbeaten WBC title challenger Chris Arreola.

Both Estrada and Arreola may have been bigger than the 6-foot-2, 217-pound Adamek, but their size, however, does not compare to Adamek’s next opponent.

As Adamek continues his surge toward a world heavyweight title fight, he must go through another former unbeaten title challenger. Adamek returns to the Prudential Center on Saturday, August 21, to clash with 6-foot-7, 250-pound Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs)

“This fight makes so much sense for me,” Adamek said in a recent statement.

“Michael Grant is a very big heavyweight. This fight will prepare me to fight Haye or Klitschko. First though, I have to beat Grant and I do not take him lightly. I was pleased with the results of my training camp for the Arreola fight, so for Grant we will follow the same hard regimen but also work on skills that will keep him guessing.”

Grant isn’t as skillful as a Vitali of Wladimir Klitschko. However, Grant does compare to the Klitschkos in terms of size and strength. A fight with Grant will definitely give Adamek the experience needed against extremely tall fighters. 3

Grant, coincidentally began his career with Adamek’s current promotional company of Main Events, is facing the company’s biggest star. Main Events carefully guided Grant toward two high-profile fights against Andrew Golota and a failed title shot against Lennox Lewis.

The relationship between Grant and Main Events soured after the muscular star was crashed to the canvas against Dominick Guinn in June 2003.

Since the loss to Guinn, Grant has won eight consecutive bouts. However, Grant has had extensive periods of inactivity. Grant’s first round TKO of Kevin Burnett on May 7, was his first bout in more than 1 ½ years.

“Every time Tomasz Adamek comes to fight at Prudential Arena it feels like a big party,” promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events said. “The atmosphere is electric and the crowd gets bigger and bigger every time.”

“We expect a capacity audience to turn out again, for the fun. Michael Grant provides a new challenge to Tomasz, who must adjust to much taller and harder punching opponents that he faced in the Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight divisions,” she added.

“It should be interesting and exciting to see how Adamek handles a much bigger man.”

Promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with X-Cel Worldwide, the heavyweight battle will top a 7-bout card. Tickets, priced at $253, $103, $78 and $53 will go on sale in mid-June.

NOTE: For more information, contact Main Events at 973-200-7050 or www.mainevents.com; www.prucenter.com.