IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek poses with Larry Hazzard and Tyrone Smith at the C.O.M.B.A.T. Gym in Newark NJ. Adamek prepared for his Friday night SHOWTIME, ShoBox: The New Generation fight against Johnathon Banks with an open workout on Monday.
The champ is 36-1 with 24 KOs. The fight will air live at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast.
Detroit’s undefeated Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) is the IBF’s No. 8-ranked contender and is managed and trained by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward.
Said Adamek: “After beating (Steve) Cunningham I became No. 1. I feel I am the best. Although I won that fight and everyone liked it, it was rough on me because I would have liked the fight to have been sooner. I trained for six months (for Cunningham) because the fight was changed two times. This fight, they will see a better Adamek because I will be more fresh and sharp. I will win!”
Said Banks: “I’m a boxer, that’s what I do, the difference is, I can punch. Sparing with Wladimir (Klitschko) taught me how to deal with punches, I’m well equipped to win this fight. Look for an explosive fight; most of all don’t blink!”
In the 12-round ShoBox co-feature, Giovanni Lorenzo (26-1, 18 KOs), of New York City via the Dominican Republic, will be opposed by Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Colombia, in an IBF middleweight elimination bout. The winner could next face challenge champion Arthur Abraham.
The event is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions. Tickets, priced from $38, can be purchased at The Prudential Center box office, by visiting its website (www.prucenter.com) or by calling Ticketmaster (201) 507-8900. Non-televised undercard bouts begin at 8:30 p.m. ET.