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HEAVYWEIGHT NAGY AGUILERA READY FOR ADAMEK
3/24 NBC Sports Network Fight Night 10pm ET
HOUSTON, TX – Heavyweight boxer Nagy Aguilera, 17-6, 12 KOs, is deep into preparations for his upcoming fight with former two-time champion Tomasz Adamek, 44-1, 28 KOs. Under the tutelage of trainer Bobby Benson, Aguilera, a former amateur NY Golden Glover, has been watching tapes of his experienced foe, training hard, and getting pumped for battle.
“I’m excited to go back to New York and to fight on NBC Sports Network,” Aguilera said.
Aguilera began his career in the “Big Apple”, but it has been years since he’s fought there. His chance will come in a 10-round bout on March 24, at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. The fight will be broadcast as part of the triple header on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night show which begins at 10pm ET. He knows Adamek will pose a tough challenge, but he is ready for anything the former champ brings.
“He’s a hard worker and always comes ready to fight,” Aguilera said of the former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champion.
Adamek is coming off a hard loss to WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko, but Aguliera is not jumping to the conclusion that his opponent will be anything less than a top-notch Adamek.
“I don’t know how he’ll be after that fight,” Aguilera said. “But he’s always there. He never backs off. He’s a fighter. That’s what we do for a living. So I won’t know until we get in the ring what he brings or what he doesn’t bring. If he’s ready, then we are going to fight, because I’m ready.”
Aguilera knows a thing or two about rebounding from a tough loss. Nagy has lost four of his last five, and two of those by knockout. However, Aguilera takes his underdog role in stride.
“I don’t blame him if he comes right at me, but I’ll be there,” Aguilera said.
Aguilera is the physically bigger fighter and will have advantages of about two inches in height and at least ten pounds in weight over Adamek. A big puncher, Aguilera is prepared to test Adamek’s chin early and often in the hope that all the big shots taken by the Pole in his September heavyweight title fight with Klitschko will have taken their toll.
“We are both fast, but I’m stronger and I’m a real heavyweight,” Aguilera said. “But size doesn’t matter. The thing with this fight is that I cannot let him relax. When he relaxes, that is his game. I can either bring the fight to him or I can box. I just have to be better than him that night.”
If Aguilera can be better than Adamek on March 24th, it will be quite an upset. And a win over Adamek looks like the exact thing Aguilera’s career needs right now.
“If I beat him, it puts me back in a really good position to fight the tough fighters,” Aguilera said. “But I have to keep training harder every day to be available to fight for a world title… and to win a world title. I really want a chance at the Klitschkos. I really want a world title. I know I can do it. I just have to work hard and be focused.”
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Q&A with Tomasz Adamek,
“Everybody knows we have a great, loaded card on March 24th. The fight will be on NBC Sports Network. We have a great, little venue in the Aviator, I wish we could have had a bigger venue but the availability of arenas dictated that this was our location. It’s going to make for a great night I think everyone is going to be excited and thrilled to be there. We have so many good fights on the card. And we’re blessed to also have in addition to the main event which will feature Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris, and a co-feature with Sergei Liakhovich and Bryant Jennings; we are also able to provide this wonderful extra bout which normally would be a main event anywhere else, Tomasz Adamek who is going to be fighting Nagy Aguilera.”
How were your expectations for the Klitschko fight and the reality of the fight different?
Tomasz Adamek: “Boxing is my life, sometimes you win, sometimes lose. Last time I lose. I am 35 years old but I’m still hungry fighter. I want to come back and show everyone that I can win this fight (Aguilera) and couple next (fights) and get again future title fights. Vitali is a different fighter than Nagy Aguilera. Nagy is my size. But every fight you learn something. I am quick now and I think I will be on March 24, but in Poland I was very slow, I was not true Tomasz Adamek.”
Was there a conscious effort in training for this fight to get Tomasz up to 225-230, to build more muscle because you believe he needed to be bigger ?
Roger Bloodworth: “We didn’t make an effort. What we did when he was at my house was we trained in the morning and we trained in the evening. The evening practice was gloves, mitts.Tomasz was fighting so often leading up to the Klitschko fight that I don’t think that his body ever had the time to fill out. That was Tomasz’s problem. I think this time he’s going to be all right, cause he looks bigger to me and to me he looks quicker. His style has changed a bit. And I think it was a good thing for him, the rest let his body heal up, the weight came and came as muscle instead of fat. I’m happy with that.”
What does it mean for NBC Sports Network to have Tomasz Adamek on this and the June broadcast?
Kathy Duva: They are very happy with the entire card and are working very hard to promote it. When we let them know that he was going to be available to fight that night (March 24), at that time they didn’t really have time for three fights, they agreed to extend the time for that window so that his (Adamek’s ) fight could be televised. We were very happy about that. They are also happy about being able to come to Newark in June and see him at Prudential Center which we anticipate will be full of people like it always is.”
What do you see in Nagy that will benefit Tomasz?
Roger Bloodworth: “Nagy’s got fast hands so Tomasz is going to have to be alert. Nagy can box when he wants to and he can punch a little when he wants to, and I think Nagy will bring both. I don’t think it’d be good for Tomasz to be put in the ring with somebody that’s just going to stand in one spot and let him get hit. Nagy won’t do that.”
Tomasz will you have your big, loyal fan base in Brooklyn and if not how will it affect you?
Tomasz Adamek: “I have a lot of friends and fans in the United States and I’m sure they’re coming to watch my fight.”
“I am happy I can come back to the ring. When I go into the ring I want to win fight. I don’t know how, only that I am healthy and ready to fight. I am training with Roger very hard. I train mini camps in his home and we are here 6 weeks in NJ. I’m ready to fight.”
MEDIA WORKOUT AT WORLD BOXING GYM,
JERSEY CITY, March 1, 11:00am
Who: Tomasz “Goral” Adamek
Golwice, Poland and Jersey City, N.J.
44-2, 28 KO’s
What:Tomasz Adamek will hold a media workout to promote his upcoming fight March 24th against Nagy Aguilera, Newburgh, NY, 17-6, 12 KO’s, on NBC Sports Network Fight Night.
When:Thursday, March 1, at 11:00 am
Where: World Boxing and Fitness Center, 29 Division St, Jersey City, New Jersey
Four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., will make his debut at heavyweight when he faces Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y. by way of the Dominican Republic, in the 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 15, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature at Buffalo Run Casino, unbeaten Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, will make his fourth appearance on ShoBox in 10 months when he drops down a notch in weight to take on Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., in a 10-round welterweight bout.
Tarver, 41, is making the move from the SHOWTIME broadcast booth back to the ring, where he hasn’t fought since May 2009. He is attempting to become only the third light heavyweight to win a world heavyweight title. The others were Michael Spinks, in 1985, and Roy Jones Jr., in 2003.
Aguilera, 24, owns a career-best first-round knockout over former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in 2009.
WEIGHTS: Tarver 221 pounds, Aguilera 232; Porter 146.4 pounds, Munoz 146.8.
The fighters participated at a press conference that preceded the weigh-in Thursday at Buffalo Run Casino.