By Rocco Morales
Last Friday afternoon at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, a press conference to announce an exciting heavyweight battle between top 10 heavyweights, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola and Tomasz Adamek. Dan Goosen, from Goosen Tutor Promotions, as well as Kathy Duva, from Main Events Promotions, were on hand with their respective fighters to discuss the upcoming matchup scheduled as the main event for the April 24th edition of Boxing After Dark on HBO television. In taking this dangerous fight, both fighters seem intent on catapulting themselves into a title shot in their next fight.
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Arreola comes in fresh off an impressive victory over the smaller 218 pound Brian Minto who gave a game effort but was just unable to withstand the punishment of Arreola who came in at a career high of 263 pounds for their fight last December 5th. Interestingly, Adamek has averaged just 217.5 pounds for his two heavyweight fights to date, while Arreola has averaged 256 pounds over his last five fights, so their does figure to be a huge weight advantage for Arreola. Also, at 28 years old, Arreola benefits from a 5 year age advantage over the 33 year old Adamek.
Arreola showed no ill signs in the Minto fight from the beating he took at the hands of WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko just 10 weeks earlier last September 26th.
Meanwhile, Adamek, the former WBC light heavyweight champion, as well as the former IBF cruiserweight champion, will be fighting for the third time in the heavyweight division and in fighting Arreola, he will be fighting his most dangerous heavyweight yet.
In Adamek’s prior fight, on February 6th, against the light punching fringe contender Jason Estrada, Adamek was the victor by unanimous decision.
In Adamek’s only other heavyweight fight, in what was billed as the “Polish Heavyweight Fight Of The Century,” Adamek met the then 41-year-old Andrew Golota who was coming in off a 1 round demolition at the hands of Ray Austin and who also came in at a career high 256 pounds. Adamek dispatched of Golota in 5 rounds by TKO victory.
With Arreola, Adamek meets a very heavy handed heavyweight in his prime and ia hungry to get back into title contention. However, Adamek does have the benefit of 7 world title fights and has gone (6-1) in title fights with his only career loss in a title fight against “Bad” Chad Dawson, widely regarded as one of boxing’s pound for pound best fighters.
Both fighters, in taking the podium, appeared confident about his own chances in the fight. Adamek took the podium and shared the following thoughts:
“It was an easy choice to fight Arreola, because we are similar in many ways – we want to fight and give people what they deserve. This is what my career is all about.” Adamek continued, “I will not run from Arreola. I will be easy to find in the ring, if he wants to find me. Why should I exchange punches with Chris, when I can make him miss, and then hit him? Whatever works for me on that day I will do. I think in the ring I will change tactics, I’ll see what’s gives me the greatest advantage during the fight.”
When asked about the size disadvantage he faced in fighting Arreola, Adamek responded, “I’m tired of answering questions like why a ‘small’ heavyweight like me wants to fight a big heavyweight like Arreola. As we could see today, I’m the same height and maybe a couple – ok more than couple – pounds lighter. But 220 is my natural weight – I checked before the press conference, I’m still relaxing after the Estrada fight, and I was still 220 lbs. So it’s natural, I don’t have to gain any extra pounds. I have three square meals daily, like everybody.”
When asked why he had chosen Arreola as his next opponent, Adamek said that he wanted to have a crowd pleasing fight and that he fights for his fans saying, “I know he will come to fight; I appreciate the effort he always brings to the fight. There’s not many like me and him anymore.”
In response, Arreola had the following to say:
“I’m excited about bringing a can’t miss ‘Fight of the Year” to the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario and Southern California and, especially, the Inland Empire,” Arreola said. “I am really looking forward to performing in front of the home crowd.” Arreola continued, “I’m just looking to continue my winning ways against a good experienced fighter like Tomasz Adamek. He’s a former world champion in two divisions. I’m sure Adamek will come prepared to beat me, but it’s not gonna happen. A win over Adamek would get me a step closer to fighting for a world title again, which I am looking forward to doing in 2010. But first, April 24th.”
When asked by Fightnews if he was purposely avoiding the bigger heavyweights of the division following his one sided loss to Vitali Klitschko, Arreola said that he feared no man in the division and that Adamek was chosen because he would likely be there to fight rather than to box and run as he felt that Klitschko did in their fight.
When questioned about what his weight would be coming into the fight, Arreola said there would be no excuse for him coming in over 240 pounds, although this is a weight he has not fought at under 251 pounds since he fought Chazz Witherspoon in June 2008. Later in the press conference when his promoter Dan Goosen reiterated that Arreola would be coming into the fight at 240 pounds, Arreola interrupted to say, “245 pounds.” Goosen responded, “Great, he’s already gained 5 pounds.”