On Monday, Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman of the IBF/USBA sent a letter to representatives of former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter, as well as representatives of former cruiserweight/light heavyweight champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek inquiring if the two would be available to fight for the #2 spot in their rankings.
The winner of the proposed bout would then fight the winner of a box-off between “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Derrick Rossy (who will battle for the #1 position) for the mandatory shot at IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. “Samuel got an early Christmas present from the IBF in the form of this elimination fight and we’ve been going back and forth with Main Events about making it happen,” said Peter’s long-time manager Ivaylo Gotzev.
According to the IBF’s letter, “On September 15, 2010 the IBF ordered a box off in the Heavyweight division between the 4 highest rated available boxers. At the time, the 4 highest rated available contenders were #4, Denis Boytsov, #8, Alexander Dimitrenko, #9, Jean Marc Mormeck and #10, Jonathon Banks. All four of the original challengers have pulled out of the IBF Heavyweight Box Off.”
Thus, Team Peter was given three days to affirm the fighter’s availability, but their response was immediate. “We are ready willing and able to fight Adamek,” Gotzev continued. “Hopefully he’s ready to do the same. We’re looking forward to making this significant heavyweight matchup a reality. We’re even willing to accommodate Adamek and fight him in his homeland of Poland. This box-off is a terrific idea that involves four top contenders, which will produce one man standing at the end and that will be the legitimate number one mandatory contender.”