Tomasz Adamek and Michael Grant in “The Big Challenge” Saturday
By Ken Hissner (Aug 18, 2010) Doghouse Boxing  
Former IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek, 41-1 (27), of Gilowice, Poland, takes one step closer to the heavyweight championship of the world Saturday night at the Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, when “Big Michael Grant, 48-3 (34), of Philadelphia, opposes him for his IBF International/NABO heavyweight championship belts. Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide will promote “The Big Challenge”.

The Prudential Center will be flowing with red and white banners and scarfs with Adamek’s thousands of fans filling the arena yelling “Polska, Polska”! Adamek has won ten straight since losing his WBC light heavyweight title, winning the IBF cruiserweight title and winning the IBF International and WBO/NABO titles over his last three fights in the heavyweight division. This will be his fifth appearance at the center. He is trained by Roger Bloodworth.

Grant at 6:07 will give Adamek an idea how big the Klitchko’s are. He has won his last eight fights taking the NABA USA title in 2008. He lost to Lennox Lewis back in 2000 for the WBC/IBF/IBO titles. For at least the last three fights former WBA light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad has trained Grant.

The one common opponent for both fighters is Andrew Golota. Back in 1999 Grant came off the canvas twice in the first round to drop Golota in the tenth round causing him to quit. Adamek stopped Golota in the fifth round in 2009. Adamek will be giving away almost six inches in height and forty pounds in weight to Grant but has no fear ripping into Grant. Getting by Grant’s jab will be the key.

Matchmaker J Russell Peltz will have five fights in addition. Former title challenger Joel Julio, 35-4 (31), of Monteria, COL, will battle with Jamaal Davis, 12-6 (6), of Philadelphia over ten rounds in the junior middleweight division. 2008 Olympian Sadam Ali, 8-0 (4), of Brooklyn will return to the Center against Lenin Arroyo, 20-12-1 (4), of San Jose, CR, over eight rounds in the welterweight division. Ali was quite impressive in his last outing there. Jeremy Bryan, 13-1 (6), of nearby Paterson will box Daniel Mitchell, 5-1-1 (2), of Pittsburgh, over six rounds in the junior lightweight division. These bouts will all be on PPV starting at 9pm. Three other four round bouts will open the show starting at 7pm.

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