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Adamek defeats Grant

(Photo by Ed Mulholland) WBO #3/IBF #3/WBC #5/WBA #9 heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) showed he can defeat a Klitschko-sized heavyweight, but it wasn’t easy. The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion-turned heavyweight contender won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over 6’7 former heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Grant came out tentative and Adamek took advantage landing some clean shots in round one. Adamek continued to force the action and outbox Grant for the first five rounds. Grant landed some good shots at the end of round six wobbling Adamek and cutting him over the right eye. Grant upped the pressure in round seven, looking to land another big shot. Adamek was cut over the left eye in the eighth as Grant continued to come on. Grant hammered Adamek again at the end of the ninth round. Round ten could have gone either way as Adamek rallied. A rejuvenated Adamek clearly outboxed Grant in round eleven. A desperate Grant hurt Adamek in the twelfth, but Adamek stayed upright until the final bell. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 118-111. Continued »

Video: Official weigh-in


Adamek, Grant weigh in

Tomasz Adamek will be giving away an amazing 44 pounds when he takes on 6’7 Michael Grant in Saturday’s “Big Challenge” pay-per-view event at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek weighed in today at 217 pounds while Grant scaled in at 261 pounds . . . More
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Adamek-Grant Video

The Colonel: Boxing’s Ambassador
Last night on the nationally syndicated Through the Ropes, legendary announcer “Colonel” Bob Sheridan discussed what he views as his role of boxing ambassador to the world. “When I do a fight, my audience is 20 – 30 times the size of HBO’s or Showtime’s, so I always try to put boxing in a positive light.” Sheridan, who could be considered the Dick Vitale of the sweet science, added, “I have so much respect for these athletes who put their lives on the line. I’m truly blessed to be able to watch them and call their fights from the best seat in the house.” Sheridan, who will be calling “The Big Challenge” Pay Per View card Saturday night featuring Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant in the main event, went on to say that he thinks Grant will be much improved under the tutelage of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who he called, “an excellent trainer.” Continued »

Preview: Adamek vs. Grant
They’re calling it “The Big Challenge”, and Michael Grant certainly brings size to his fight with Tomasz Adamek on Saturday. Grant is a towering presence at 6ft 7in and his wide-shouldered physique is among the most impressive in boxing. What remains to be seen is how much Grant has left at the age of 38. He is on a winning run but his career has been stop and start, with spells of inactivity . . . Click here for more

Q&A: Sadam Ali
On Saturday, August 21, unbeaten Bedford-Stuyvesant prospect Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) faces experienced Costa Rican Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs) as part of “The Big Challenge” pay-per-view telecast featuring Polish sensation Tomasz Adamek against Michael Grant at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ . . . Click here for more

Adamek-Grant Presser
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) says he’s ready to take on Klitschko-sized Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) when they collide on pay-per-view Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. “Size is no bother to me,” stated Adamek at Wednesday’s press conference. “I had 2 very good sparring partners. They were tall too. Roger is a very good teacher and I am learning everyday. I am ready.” The 6’7 Grant praised Adamek . . . as a 175-pounder. “I don’t take anything away from Adamek, like I said he’s a helluva light heavyweight champion,” commented Grant. “But I’m an elite fighter. I’m not like a Jason Estrada or a Chris Arreola, that’s not my level.” More quotes and photos

Adamek-Grant staredown

Sadam Ali set for PPV slot
A product of Brooklyn’s tough Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, junior welterweight Sadam Ali will put his perfect 8-0 record on the line when he steps into the ring at Newark’s Prudential Center for the third time on Saturday night. In an eight-round welterweight bout, Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) will fight Costa Rica’s, Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs). This fight will be shown on “The Big Challenge” PPV telecast. For more details and photos click here

Video: Adamek vs. Grant pre-show
Preview of the Adamek v Grant PPV Boxing event on Saturday, August 21st at 9 PM ET

Grant's last chance?
(Philadelphia Daily News) He hasn't been around quite as long as Bernard Hopkins, but it has been quite a spell since Michael Grant was considered the Next Big Thing in the heavyweight division. The 6-7, 250-pound Grant, with that body-by-Michelangelo, was hailed as the "most athletic heavyweight ever to put on gloves" by his then-trainer, Don Turner, in the days leading up to his April 29, 2000, challenge of WBC/IBF champion Lennox Lewis in Madison Square Garden. But Grant, despite myriad skills that might have resulted in a pro career as a football, basketball or baseball player, lacked a quality that is most useful to would-be boxing titlists: a sturdy chin . . . MORE by Bernard Fernandez/ Philadelphia Daily News

Full card set for "The Big Challenge"
The full card has been released for the August 21 "The Big Challenge" PPV card, headlining Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) vs. Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) for the IBF International/NABO heavyweight championship. In the co-main, ten rounds at junior middleweight, Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) takes on Jamaal Davis (12-6, 6 KOs), of Philadelphia. Two more bouts will be shown on the PPV telecast: In an eight-round welterweight bout, Brooklyn's Sadam Ali (8-0, 4 KOs) will fight Costa Rica's Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs); and in a sixer at junior welterweight, Jeremy Ryan (13-1, 6 KOs), of Paterson, N.J., takes on Pittsburgh's Daniel Mitchell (5-1-1, 2 KOs). Three more bouts will round off the card: In a four-round junior lightweight bout, Brooklyn's Shemuel Pagan will make his pro debut against Philadelphia's Raul Rivera (0-2); Atlantic City's Osnel Charles (3-2) takes on Hector Collado (0-1-1), of Union City, N.J., in a four-round junior lightweight bout; and, in the opener, junior lightweight debuters Tyrone Luckey of Middletown, N.J. goes up against Larry Yanez of Ft. Lauderdale.

Q&A: Joel Julio
Former title challenger and current junior middleweight contender Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) of Colombia looks to rebound, after a devastating loss to Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo this past April, against Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (12-6, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ in a 10-round junior middleweight bout on the undercard of “The Big Challenge,” which is being headlined by heavyweight contender Tomaz Adamek taking on Michael Grant, and will be shown live on Pay-Per-View and is being presented by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide. Remaining tickets are priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 and can be purchased at the Prudential Center Box Office, www.Prucenter.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. . . . . |more|

Adamek: Five years in America
(Fightnews, by Przemek Garczarcyk, photos by Wojtek Kubik) Five years ago, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) arrived in US as a virtually unknown fighter from Poland. After his sensational fight and Bout of the Year candidate on May 21, 2005 against another newcomer to US boxing scene, Australian Paul Briggs, he became a cult hero in the Polish community. Fast forward to five years later: On August 21 on Prudential Center, “Goral,” ranked as a top heavyweight challenger, will fight Michael Grant in possibly his last test before competing against heavyweight world titlists, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko or David Haye. Continued »

Video: Colonna on Adamek-Grant
Trainer Sam Colonna, who helped Tomasz Adamek to his first world championship title (WBC light heavyweight) five years ago and trained Andrew Golota for most of his heavyweight career, talks about the August 21 Adamek-Michael Grant pay-per-view clash in Newark:

Grant: Adamek will run
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek has reeled off some good wins since moving to heavyweight. However Michael Grant, whom he faces August 21 on pay-per-view isn't impressed. "Everyone's talking about how he's slick and all that," said Grant today. "I don't see it! All I can see is that he'll run around. When he comes against punching power, that man is running...it's speed, combinations, consistency and pressure that will that will basically lead me to being victorious over Adamek." . . . . |more|

Adamek-Grant PPV promo

Adamek training camp notes
“I am ready to fight!” says heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek from his training camp at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. “We are training hard 9 weeks, this week is 10. I am ready for a great fight, a tough fight.” Adamek faces Michael Grant for the IBF International and NABO heavyweight championships on August 21 in a pay-per-view clash at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ . . . MORE

Poland's contribution to big-time boxing
(Hudson Reporter) It’s been said that America has always been the land of opportunity. There’s no bigger example of that than three Polish immigrants who settled in Jersey City and managed to make major successes in their lives, using the sport of boxing as the avenue that ties the three together today. Read more: Hudson Reporter - SCOREBOARD 08 01 2010 Poland’s contribution to big time boxing is Hudson County’s gain Two businessmen promising heavyweight all have local roots . . . MORE by Jim Hague/Hudson Reporter

Adamek eyes 'heavy' prize in upcoming bout
(Star-Ledger) Tomasz Adamek’s upcoming opponent, Michael Grant, couldn’t make it to their pre-fight press conference Tuesday. But in a way, it didn’t matter. The muse for this fight, the real prize, was just a few feet in front of Adamek. A poster with the likeness of Vitali Klitschko — the current WBC world heavyweight champion — hung near the entrance to the gym . . . MORE by Conor Orr/Star-Ledger


Adamek-Grant presser: “I don’t argue, I hit hard”

Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) arrived directly from his training camp at the first official press conference before his August 21 IBF International and NABO title fight against Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs), and just after press conference ended, he was back at the gym. Michael Grant, training in Las Vegas, decided not to waste couple of days of his preparations to travel to North Bergen’s “Global Boxing Gym.” Fine with Adamek, who is only interested what will happen at the Prudential Center . . . MORE

Adamek takes on "Big" Michael Grant
Integrated Sports Media, North America’s undisputed champion of major pay-per-view boxing distribution, announced today that it will broadcast the IBF International heavyweight title fight on August 21st. “The Big Challenge” main event clashes two-time light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, and current The Ring Magazine number 5 heavyweight in the world, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) against former heavyweight contender “Big” Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO). Additionally, boxing fans around the world will see always dangerous Columbian, Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KO), live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey . . . MORE

Tickets now on sale
Tickets for the Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) PPV card, August 21, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey are now on sale. Tickets will be priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside) and can be picked up at the arena box office or via TicketMaster. The card will feature seven total bouts.

THE BIG CHALLENGE
Two-time light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, and current The Ring Magazine number 5 heavyweight in the world, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) takes on former heavyweight contender “Big” Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO).
Live on Pay-Per-View from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT

“The Big Challenge”, presented by Main Events, Ziggy Promotions and X-Cel Worldwide, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.