Adamek returns to ‘The Rock’

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 19, 2010

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NEW YORK (BASN) — The path toward the world heavyweight championship will take another exciting trip to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. when former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) takes on Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs).

The two will collide on Thursday, December 9th. The bout will mark Adamek’s sixth professional fight at the Prudential Center. Adamek has posted impressive victories against Steve Cunningham (W 12), Jonathan Banks (TKO 8), Jason Estrada (W 12), and Michael Grant (W 12).

Adamek hopes to improve to 5-0 as a heavyweight when he meets Maddalone, an all-out, in-your-face slugger from Queens, N.Y. I’ve watched him (Maddalone) a few times,” Adamek said.

“He’s a good fighter, but I am very quick.This will help me win. I think Vinny Maddalone is a good boxer, but I am better. I train 6 days a week. That’s my job. I want to be champion. If I stay home, I won’t be champion.”

Maddalone welcomes the challenge of trying to disrupt Adamek’s goal of fighting for a heavyweight title. “I know I am going in as the underdog, but you know, I’ve been the underdog throughout my career,” Maddalone stated.

“So all I’ve got to say is I’m going to give it everything I got in the ring. I am going to leave it all in the ring that night and I’m going to let my hands do the talking.”

Maddalone added; “I’m going to take two or three punches to exchange one, that’s me.

I’m not going to change overnight. We are working on little things in the gym that will hopefully make a difference on December 9th: be first; head movement; don’t let him dictate the fight.”

Everyone knows that Maddalone comes to fight, as acknowledged by Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth. “The thing that I picked up about Vinny as I watched many of his fights, is that he doesn’t quit,” Bloodworth said.

“If he gets hit, he just keeps coming. I applaud Vinny for taking this fight because it’s going to be a hard fight, and Tomasz needs those kind of fights if he’s going to progress.”

“Tomasz is very tough mentally. He doesn’t get scared; He was very calm against Mike Grant. I can teach a fighter how to box, but I can’t teach a boxer how to fight.”

Adamek’ ultimate goal is to challenge Wladimir, Vitali Klitschko, or even David Haye for a world heavyweight championship. “I would love to fight them,” Adamek added. “I’m ready to fight anybody.”

“The Klitschko brothers offer their opponents little money. If they want to fight me and offer the right amount of money, I will fight them.

HBO is interested in a fight with David Haye. I would like to fight them at the Prudential Center. I draw over 10,000 people a fight there. Let’s do it there.”

Briggs suffers bicep injury, hospitalized in Hamburg, Germany

Following his 12-round unanimous decision loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, former WBO champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) was admitted to a hospital for observation.

It is believed that Briggs suffered a torn bicep and a broken orbital bone.

“Thank you all for your concern,” Briggs said in a recent statement. “I came to the hospital Saturday night strictly as a precautionary measure, and after several tests the Dr.’s concluded that there were no severe head injuries.”

“I am staying in the hospital to further examine an injury to my left bicep that I suffered in the first round. Unfortunately, the injury kept me from fully executing my fight plan.”

It was a dominant performance from the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Klitschko. All three judges scored the contest 120-107 (twice) and 120-105.

There were no knockdowns.

Despite having been shutout on the scorecards and taking tons of punishment, Briggs felt ok. He didn’t want the fight to be stopped at any point and always felt he had at least a puncher’s chance.

“Not to take anything away from a brilliant performance by Vitali Klitschko Saturday night,” Briggs added. “had I had not injured my arm early on, who knows how the fight would have concluded.”

” We are grateful to the fine Dr.’s and people of Hamburg for the excellent care and support they’ve given me thus far, and as a life long asthmatic sufferer I’m truly grateful to Dr. Charles Hensley and his homeopathic formulation Zivair that helped make it possible to go 12 rounds and compete for the WBC title.”

Added Briggs: “As witnessed Saturday night and throughout my career, I never gave in even when my breathing was out of order or any injury kept me from being 100%.”

Despite prior reports, throughout the contest my trainer Herman Caicedo wanted to stop the fight, but I made it cleat that stopping was not an option. Thank you for all of your support and hopefully I showed you the heart of a lion and the perseverance of a Champion.”

Jorge Teron on Capitale Punishment II

On Friday October 22nd, lightweight prospect Jorge “The Truth” Teron (23-2-1, 15KO’s) returns to the ring, when he takes on James Hope in the feature bout of the evening on Star Boxing and The Empire’s rescheduled “Capitale Punishment II” card at the Capitale NY.

The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the lightweight division. The 25-year-old Teron, a Bronx native, was a three-time New York Golden Gloves champion as an amateur, before turning pro in 2005.

Possessing a fan-friendly style, and power in both hands, Teron is looking to get back into the win column after suffering a defeat in his last fight, a shoot out against highly regarded, undefeated, Brandon Rios (25-0-1, 18KO’s).

“Jorge is an exciting, and crowd pleasing fighter,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. “We have had him on some of our shows in the past and he has yet to disappoint.”

“We are looking forward to featuring this match-up, in what is promising to be an entertaining night of boxing in New York City, come October 22nd.”

Hope (6-5-1, 4KO’s) is by no means a pushover or easy fight for Teron. The 26-year-old is coming off a draw in an absolute war with unbeaten prospect Bayan Jargal (15-0) on July 17th, and hopes to bring some of that momentum in with him into the ring on the 22nd.

UNDERCARD ACTION

There are five exciting undercard bouts scheduled to take place, highlighted by the return of popular New York light heavyweight and former NY Golden Gloves champion “Irish” Sean Monaghan (2-0, 2KO’s) taking on Nick Whiting.

The bout is scheduled for four rounds in the light heavyweight division.

Also scheduled to appear on the card is the Bronx’s Hajro Sujak (5-1, 2KO’s) as he takes on Naseem Dean (2-2, 1KO) in a four round light heavyweight contest.

In a battle of all-action bantamweight’s, Brooklyn’s Elton Dharry (5-5-1, 1KO) looks to make it four wins in a row when he takes on former two-time NY Golden Glvoes finalist, Jose “Chilli” Rivera (2-1-1). The bout is scheduled for six rounds.

Also seeing action on the card, in a special female attraction, is former world title challenger Eileen Olszewski (5-2-2) as she takes on fellow New Yorker, Suzannah Warner. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the flyweight division.

Rounding out the card will be a battle between pro-debuting Queen’s natives, as Elmer Vera squares off against Abdellah Smith in a four round super middleweight showdown.

“Capital Punishment II” is promoted by Star Boxing and The Empire.

The Capitale is located at 130 Bowery, in Manhattan, NY. Doors open at 6:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

A complete undercard will be announced shortly. Tickets are currently on sale and are being priced at $200, $150, and $50. Tickets may be purchased by calling Star Boxing at (718)823-2000. For information on discounted $150 seats (for $100) for advanced purchase call now.

NOTE: For more info, visit www.starboxing.com or www.theempirese.com.