Posts Tagged ‘Tomasz Adamek’
NBC Sports Network
June 16, 2012
Adamek – Chambers Press Conference
Photo Credits: Wojciech Kubik – Kubikfoto
Gary Quinn, Sr. Director, Program Planning and Acquisitions: “I come bearing very good news from the television side of this series. We could not be more pleased about the way we have started off this series, with the January and the March shows. There was some apprehension to be brutally honest about getting back into the boxing business, but all those fears are gone and the wonderful thing is that we can build more and more continuity. The ratings for the January and the March shows really exceeded our expectations. The nice thing about the March show is that everyone was saying . ‘Well nobody young watches boxing anymore.’ Well our strongest demo for that fight was men 18 to 34, so that’s a very key stat. We think Main Events and Peltz boxing built a very good buzz leading up to the fight, and we certainly appreciate all the support of the boxing community. We are also very happy to announce that we have added another date for our “Fight Night” series on September 21st “.
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events: “It’s funny, There’s no champion here, there’s no challenger, It’s a 10-rounder between two guys who are top five fighters and it’s sadly become a rarity in the heavyweight division. We hope to make that a much more common occurrence as we go forward with NBC. We are really pleased that this fight is going to be that kind of pick ‘em fight. If you look on the boxing websites you see the comments. One guy says I’m picking Chambers, the next guy says I’m picking Adamek, well that’s what makes a great boxing match. This is a fight that both guys are certain they are coming to win.
Photo Credits: Yvette Beshier, 1Lifeboxing.com
James Bashir, Chambers Trainer: “It is a breath of fresh air to be working with someone who wants to fight with the best. You couldn’t ask for a better match up. These are two guys who want it, two different styles clashing and two guys who are not trying to avoid anything in boxing. Ziggy (Rozalski, Adamek’s advisor) said to me earlier, ‘We were surprised that Eddie took this fight,’ and I said ‘Hmm, we were surprised that Tomasz took this fight!’ Not only does this fight do good for the fans, not only does this fight do good for the heavyweight division, this fight does good for boxing period! Boxing needs healing and these guys meeting each other at this level is great! It’s a great fight. It’s one of the most exciting fights out there. Mayweather and Cotto are getting ready to fight, but to me it’s a fight that should have happened five years ago. This fight is happening right on time. Both guys have met and been defeated by the Klitschko brothers and where else do you go but right back to the top by fighting the best in the division? So on the 16th we are going to match wits to see who is the best guy to go back and meet the champions.”
Photo Credits to Mike Gladysz
Eddie Chambers: “I really think this opportunity is great for all parties involved. It’s almost like back in the days when I was growing up, you had those three channels and you could still get the fights. We are starting to get that back, where everybody could see the fights. I think it’s great. I think you couldn’t have put two more classy fighters in the ring together -two fighters that are going to fight, similar styles, more action. I know Tomasz is going to have a lot of fans coming to support him, so please come out and support me!”
Photo Credit: Jayson Colon/FightImages.com
Tomasz Adamek: “I am very excited to come back to Prudential Center. I want to give a good fight to my fans. I think for everybody this is a good situation, it is very close to my home and all my fans can come to see me.”
Photo Credit: Jayson Colon/FightImages.com
The June 16th NBC Sports Network Fight Night card at Newark’s Prudential Center features Tomasz Adamek vs. Eddie Chambers. Co-featured on the card will be Bryant Jennings vs. Steve Collins, Garrett, Indiana, 25-1,18 KO’s. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. Prudential doors open at 6:00PM. The card is presented by Main Events in association with Peltz Boxing, Ziggy Promotions and Goosen Tutor Promotions.
Ticket priced at $254 ringside, $104, $79, and $54 available through Ticketmaster:online at www.ticketmaster.com; Charge-by-phone: 1-800-745-3000; Ticketmaster Express 866-448-7849; and Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets are also available at Prudential Center’s Box Office and www.prucenter.com.
Tickets for June 16th
Tomasz Adamek vs. Eddie Chambers
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Go on sale Saturday, April 14 at 11am
NBC Sports Network “Fight Night”
Ticket priced at $254 ringside, $104, $79, and $54 available through Ticketmaster: online at www.ticketmaster.com; Charge-by-phone: 1-800-745-3000; Ticketmaster Express 866-448-7849; and Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets are also available at Prudential Center’s Box Office andwww.prucenter.com.
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.”
Tomasz Adamek Media Conference Call
Thursday, March 8 / 1:00PM ET
Saturday, June 16, 9-11PM – Site TBA