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With or Without Adamek, NBC Fight Card Goes On!!
Former world light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs) has contracted an illness and could more than likely pull out of Saturday’s IBF heavyweight title eliminator against 2008 Olympic medalist Czar Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs).
The two are still scheduled to headline a special afternoon addition of NBC Fight Night from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY beginning at 12:30 PM/ET. Regardless if Adamek is able to fight or not, the show must go on as planned.
“This is live broadcast Televsion,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “We cannot simply postpone. When we learned earlier today that Tomasz had gone to the doctor, we immediately began to discuss contingency plans with our partners at NBC and our hosts at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.”
Adamek was sitting in a doctor’s office on Wednesday and asked for time to make a quick decision as to whether he’ll be able to fight on Saturday. The stakes are high, as the winner of Adamek-Glazkov will be in position to fight unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko next year.
Duva would love for Adamek to fight on Saturday, but will not risk her fighter losing when he’s not 100%.
“If the worst happens, we will implement Plan B,” Duva said. “Either way, we expect to make an announcement early tomorrow afternoon. The show must go on.”
As scheduled, the undercard for the show will resume as planned when a pair of unbeaten lightweight prospects, Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (13-0, 7 KOs) fights Mike “Lefty” Brooks (11-0-1, 2 KOs).
Isaac Chilemba (20-2-2, 9 KOs), a South African light-heavyweight contender, will collide with Michael Gbenga (13-9, 13 KOs) in a scheduled 8-round bout. This is a match-up between boxer vs. puncher. Gbenga’s 13 victories were all by knockout. A Ko of Chilemba would be huge for his career.
Cruiserweights Sevdail Sheriffi (9-2-2, 8 KOs) challenges Quantis Graves (9-0, 4 KOs) to a 6-round contest.
Undefeated super middleweight Andy Mejias (14-0, 6 KOs) takes on Latin Mundy (10-8, 4 KOs). Mundy is a tough kid from Philadelphia.
Middleweights Trent Laidler (0-0) makes is professional debut against Anthony Watson (0-1) in a scheduled 4-round fight.
A pair of super middleweights are slated to open the live show in another 4-rounder. Undefeated John Magda (3-0, 3 KOs) and Maurice Amaro (2-5, 1 KO) will fight in a scheduled 4-round super middleweight bout.
The first fight is scheduled to begin at 12:30 PM/ET.
Tickets range from $25 to $70 and are on sale now at the Turning Stone box office, by calling (315) 361-7469.