The road to the championship

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: February 10, 2011

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NEW YORK (BASN) — Tomasz Adamek’s journey toward the world heavyweight championship will go through former Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride on Saturday, April 23, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

The bout will be Adamek’s last in preparation for fighting either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko for a world heavyweight championship. Adamek has signed an agreement to fight Klitschko, but the question remains which one.

Next month, Vitali defends the WBC heavyweight title against unbeaten Olander Solis in Germany. Wladimir, in defense of the IBF/WBO titles, meets Derek Chisora in April. Should both Wladimir and Vitali win respectively, one of them will be heading to Poland to face Adamek in September.

“We’ll now focus on McBride, and then focus all of our efforts into the big one in September,” said Main Events CEO and Adamek’s promoter Kathy Duva. “I think that his fans at Prudential Center will give Tomasz a great sendoff to Poland in this fight, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them in Poland in September.”

Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) is 5-0 since moving up to the heavyweight division. The former WBC light-heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion has beaten former title challengers Andrew Golota, Chris Arreola, Michael Grant, and former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada.

Adamek will next face the tough McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs), who once pummeled a faded Mike Tyson back in ’05. It’s always fun watching a fight at the Prudential Center, especially with Adamek fighting in the main event.

McBride will be the seventh bout Adamek will have had at the Prudential Center. Adamek has drawn sold out crowds since he bested Steve Cunningham to claim the IBF cruiserweight belt more than two years ago.

In his previous bout, Adamek sent his followers home happy having stopped Vinny Maddalone inside five rounds in December. McBride is the only one standing in the way of Adamek’s long-awaited shot at Klitschko.

Judah vs. Mabuza undercard takes shape

The undercard for the Zab Judah vs. Kaizer Mabuza fight on March 5, at the AmeriHealth Pavillion inside the Prudential Center is really taking shape.

2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (11-0, 6 KOs) resumes his professional career in an eight-round welterweight clash against Brazil’s Juliano Ramos (16-4, 13 KOs).

The bout will be Ali’s sixth contest at the Prudential Center and it maybe his toughest. Ramos has been in the ring with former world champion Kermit Cintron and upcoming Mike Jones.

Also, Tarvis Simms (26-1-1, 11 KOs) of Norwalk, CT will battle Washington, D.C. native John Mackey (13-5-1, 6 KOs) in a match-up of southpaw fighters. It will be Simms second consecutive bout at the Prudential Center following a unanimous decision win over Willis Locket.

Korean Dong-Chul Yun (9-4-1, 7 KOs) challenges Joselito Collado (11-0, 3 KOs) of Queens, NY in an eight-round bout. Five-time Golden Gloves winner, Brooklyn’s Shemuel Pagan meets unbeaten Philly fighter Lonnie Jackson (1-0) in a rematch of their amateur days.

Jackson once defeated Pagan by 1-point.

Plus, Joseph Judah (5-1, 1 KO), Zab’s brother, and 2010 New Jersey Golden Gloves Champion, Vinny O’Brien will round out the undercard.

Tickets for Judah vs. Mabuza are priced between $53 to $253. The doors open at 7:30pm, first bout is at 8:00pm.. Tickets available at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or www.Prucenter.com.

Judah vs. Mabuza will also be distributed on Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:OO at a suggested retail of $29.95.

Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice, Shaw and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

The Ali, Simms and Dong Chul Yun fights will be televised along with the Judah vs. Mabuza title fight.

Alvarez & Ponce De Leon are both HBO BAD

Daniel Ponce De Leon resumes his quest toward winning another world title when he meets unbeaten Adrien Broner in a 10-round 130-pound bout on March 5, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

De Leon-Broner will be the chief supporting co-featured attraction to Saul Alvarez vs. Matthew Hatton on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” beginning at 10:30pm ET/PT.

“De Leon vs. Broner is the type of fight that Boxing After Dark is known for and I know both of these fighters are coming to Anaheim to put on a show on March 5,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions.

“With De Leon looking to repel the challenge of a hungry, young, undefeated prospect and Broner trying to make an impression against a poised, hard-hitting, former World Champion under the bright HBO lights, both fighters are looking to prove a point in this one…that’s what always makes for great fights.”

Having fought for nearly 10 years, the 30 year-old De Leon (41-2, 34 KOs) is on an impressive run. He has emerged victorious in each of his last seven bouts including a “Knockout of the Year” candidate against Antonio Escalante in September.

“Broner is a big, strong fighter with an exciting style,” said De Leon. “But I’m ready for the challenge and I know he’s never been in with a fighter as strong and experienced as I am.”

Former Junior Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (41-2, 34 KO’s) has long been praised as pound for pound one of the hardest punchers in the game.

Now approaching his 10th year as a professional, the 30-year-old from Cuauhtemoc, Mexico is hitting his physical prime. With seven consecutive wins, including a “Knockout of the Year” candidate against Antonio Escalante last September, he’s eager to take on the challenge of Broner.

Broner (19-0, 16 KO’s) is 21 years of age. Last year in 2010, he knocked out all six of his opponents and is ready to step-up against De Leon. He’s taken no prisoners on his journey up the fistic ladder.

He went 6-0 in 2010, with all six wins coming by knockout, causing some to consider him to the hardest-hitting prospect in the game today. Ten of his victories have come in two rounds or less proving not only is he flashy and exciting, but he’s also brutally efficient.

Brimming with the confidence of a seasoned veteran, the young Broner feels he has what it takes defeat his toughest opponent to date in De Leon.

“De Leon is a great fighter, a former world champion and I respect him for stepping up for this fight,” said Broner. “Unfortunately for him, I’m going to have to show him what it’s like to be in the ring with a talent like myself.”

Tickets, priced at $200, $125, $75, $50 and $25, are on sale now and available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and via charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Honda Center Box Office.

Perez punishes Herrera en route to 8th round stoppage

Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez of Newark, NJ notched his twelfth victory as a professional following an impressive 8th round stoppage over a game Marcos Herrera last Friday evening at the Coliseo Felix Mendez in Lares, PR.

Fighting for the first time in what he calls his second hometown, Perez was in control from the opening bell. The former amateur star consistently tagged Herrera with a plethora of punches to both the body and head, while displaying solid defensive reflexes to avoid many return shots.

Herrera hung in tough and never stopped fighting until a vicious right hook from Perez badly staggered him. A follow up onslaught forced Referee Ramon Pena to halt bout at 1:36 of the 8th and final round.

“I wasn’t looking for the knockout, I just planned to punish him over eight rounds,” said Perez, who appeared on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series for the second straight time. “I saw the opening to stop him after I landed the right hook and the fans were happy to see the bout end early.”

Perez, 12-0-1 NC (6 KO’s), also acknowledged that at 21, there’s plenty of room for improvement “I am learning something new and getting better every fight, so I am going to continue working tirelessly until I become a world champion.”

Perez’ next bout will be announced shortly.