Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) dropped Maddalone (33-7, 24 KO) in the fifth round, and the Maddalone corner stepped in to stop the fight. Adamek was clearly on a different level, as expected, but delivered the excitement you'd have expected of this kind of mismatch. Maddalone has never been a fighter to back down from a scrap, and this one went like most figured it would.
Adamek, 34, is now being considered as an opponent for the Klitschko brothers, reportedly. Vitali already wanted to take a March fight with Adamek, but that idea was turned down when Jose Sulaiman and Don King had an emotional disagreement at the WBC convention, which might have been boxing's funniest story of 2010. Vitali has to fight the winner of the December 17 fight between Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis in March, barring an injury to the winner of that fight.
But that does leave Wladimir, who pulled out of his scheduled Saturday fight with Dereck Chisora. Wladimir could reschedule with Chisora, will "negotiate" with David Haye, and I would suspect if the money is right, Adamek might actually be the most likely next opponent.
On the Undercard
- Sadam Ali UD-8 Manuel Guzman: Ali (11-0, 6 KO) won on shutout scores of 80-72 across the board against Guzman (7-10-2, 3 KO). Ali has garnered some good hype as a prospect and has featured prominently on Jersey undercards. We'll see what kind of progression he has in 2011.
- Patrick Majewski TKO-8 Eddie Caminero: Majewski (15-0, 10 KO) is a 30-year-old middleweight from Poland now based in Jersey. Caminero is now 7-4 (7 KO).
- Gabriel Rosado UD-8 Jose Medina: Rosado (15-5, 8 KO) put Medina (12-9, 5 KO) down in the third round and won on scores of 80-72, 79-72 and 78-73. Rosado is a Philly fighter who has become known as a fairly tough out, and now he seems to be wanting to focus on his own career. He's better than his record, but not dramatically so.
- Tarvis Simms UD-6 Willis Lockett: This was the first fight for Simms (26-1-1, 11 KO) since his short-notice loss to Allan Green last October. He won on shutout scores (60-53, 60-54 twice) and knocked Lockett (12-11-5, 5 KO) down in the first.