By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz
“We have two months to get ready. For now, everybody is happy – I’m happy to fight Eddie, he’s happy he can fight me. There will be only one of us happy Saturday night, June 16,” said Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KO) after the press conference announcing his main event fight against Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) in Newark’s “Prudential Center” on June 16. The Adamek-Chambers main event and Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KO) against Steve Collins (25-1, 18 KO) fights will be televised live by NBC Sports Network.
The “Fight Night” event press conference was in bistro “Loft 47″ in Newark, just across the street from “Prudential Center” where Adamek has already fought seven times, winning all his bouts. Chambers has never fought here, especially in front of thousands of red and white fanatical Adamek supporters, but it does not mean he’s not confident.
“I had an interesting conversation with Eddie,” said Adamek manager, Ziggy Rozalski. “I said thanks for not dragging these negotiations forever, skipping this entire BS and that I was happy that he decided to fight Tomek. Eddie was very quick to respond that he is happy that Adamek decided to fight him and he’s not looking for an easier guy. There’s no question that Chambers is supremely confident in his skills and his chances. Both of them are. There’s also no question that the loser will be an odd man out among best fighters in the world. Nobody can afford to lose this fight. We have great plans for Tomek, we want another chance for a heavyweight title fight. But none of this can happen if Tomek loses to Eddie. Chambers know this as well as we do. Eddie wants to take Adamek’s place, but to do this, he will have to beat a very good, very determined fighter.”
For Adamek, the pressure of fighting Eddie Chambers is nothing new. “When you are fighting on the top, every fight is the most important one. We have two months to get ready. For now, everybody is happy – I’m happy to fight Eddie, he’s happy that he can fight me. There will be only one of us happy Saturday night, June 16,” said Adamek. “I was kind of surprised that Eddie is not a bigger, more solidly build guy. He looks like me – when I was fighting in the cruiserweight division. Right now, my weight is around 225, I would say that Chambers is not heavier than maybe 210. I will not be surprised if this would also be true on June 16. Whatever happens, my trainer Roger Bloodworth arrives in couple of days, everything is setup for a great fight. And my great win.”
Photos below by Wojtek Kubik