Tomasz Adamek to fight March 24
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek has agreed to a contract extension with promoter Main Events and will return March 24 against an opponent to be determined, Main Events' Kathy Duva said Tuesday.
In his last fight, New Jersey-based Adamek fought in his native Poland and was stopped in the 10th round by heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Duva said Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) and Main Events had agreed to a multi-fight deal but she did not want to disclose the terms.
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"We're happy we worked things out," Duva said. "Tomasz wants to fight and there are a number of good fights we can look to try to make with him in the future."
Adamek's fight will take place at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, N.Y., and be televised on the second installment of NBC Sports Network's new "Fight Night" series, which it is putting on with Main Events as its exclusive promoter.
The card will be headlined by the previously announced junior welterweight title eliminator between former titleholder Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs), who is from Brooklyn and will be fighting in his home borough for the first time in his 16-year professional career, and Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KOs). The winner of the bout will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the May 19 fight between titlist Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan, who knocked out Judah in the fifth round in July.
Besides adding Adamek to the card, Duva also beefed it up with a second heavyweight fight she announced Tuesday: former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs) facing Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs). All three bouts will be part of the telecast, Duva said.
"Everybody says they will show you what they can do if they had TV slots," she said. "Well, I'm showing you what I can do, and that is make good shows."
Liakhovich was supposed to headline the debut "Fight Night" card against Eddie Chambers on Jan. 21. However, Chambers withdrew on a few days' notice because of a rib injury and when a satisfactory replacement could not be found to face Liakhovich, he was taken off the card.
The replacement fight matched Jennings and Maurice Byarm, a pair of undefeated but untested, fighters. They made for a crowd-pleasing bout and Jennings won a competitive unanimous decision.
With Jennings passing his test and Liakhovich anxious to get back in the ring for the first time since an exciting ninth-round knockout loss to Robert Helenius, Duva matched them.
"I look forward to my fight with Jennings. I like fighting guys who appreciate a challenge like me," Liakhovich said. "I am in great shape and can't wait to get back in the ring."
Said Duva, "I said to Sergei that I was trying to make the fight with Chambers again for June, but he said he wanted to fight before that and he said that he would fight anyone. NBC Sports Net was interested in having Jennings back on after he stepped in at the last minute for the last fight and performed well. Jennings will also fight anyone and wanted to the fight.
"So with Sergei asking to fight and Jennings asking to fight Sergei specifically, we made the fight. NBC (Sports Net) wanted to see Jennings back on so it was hard to resist making the fight. Now we have three fights for the telecast and we're pretty excited to deliver this kind of card."
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