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Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, ill with a stomach flu, has withdrawn from his title elimination bout against Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov on Saturday.
Thursday's move was not unexpected after a nauseous and dehydrated Adamek spent part of Wednesday seeing a doctor.
Promoter Main Events, figuring Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) would be unable to go, put feelers out to numerous fighters on Wednesday in search of a replacement and got one taker in cruiserweight Garrett Wilson, who will now take on Glazkov in a scheduled 10-round bout Saturday (NBC, 2:30 p.m. ET) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
"For the first time in my career I have had to pull out of a bout," said Adamek, a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight titleholder. "I apologize to all of my fans, but the stomach flu has hit me so hard that it is impossible to go through with Saturday's bout.
"I was hoping that against the odds I would recover sufficiently to compete. However, that has not happened. My doctor has told me that I should not fight and, very honestly, I feel awful. Therefore, I had to inform Main Events that I could not compete on Saturday. Again, I apologize, but the circumstances are beyond my control."
Adamek's illness put Main Events in a tough spot, considering this is a rare network-televised fight, but calling off the card was not an option.
"This is live broadcast television," Main Events chief executive Kathy Duva said. "We cannot simply postpone. When we learned (Wednesday) 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. … The show must go on."
Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs), 29, a 2008 Ukrainian Olympic bronze medalist, fought to a controversial draw with Malik Scott in February but bounced back with a second-round knockout of Byron Polley on Adamek's last undercard in August.
Wilson (13-6-1, 7 KOs), 31, of Philadelphia, a career cruiserweight who is moving up to heavyweight to face Glazkov, saw a seven-fight unbeaten streak end in his last fight when he lost a unanimous decision to contender Alexander Alekseev in February in Romania.
In the co-feature, lightweight Karl Dargan (13-0, 7 KOs), 28, of Philadelphia, will face Michael Brooks (10-0-1, 2 KOs), 26, of New York in a scheduled 10-bout bout. The fight originally was scheduled for eight rounds, but bumped up to a 10-rounder when the main event was reduced from the 12-round distance to a 10-rounder.
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, ill with a stomach flu, has withdrawn from his title elimination bout against Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov on Saturday.