Arena Box has sent out a statement saying that promoter Ahmet Öner and Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis would like to make a fight with Tomasz Adamek, who was successful against Michael Grant on Saturday night.
Adamek says he wants to fight again in 2010. Solis is tentatively scheduled to fight on October 9, but it sounds like Arena Box would be willing to accommodate the Pole if he should desire a fight with their man.
"With his performance this weekend Adamek showed his quality but also that he is not ready for a title shot yet. Solis would be a reasonable opponent for him. I don’t think that Adamek would take the fight for October but maybe we could do it in November or December. Solis is ready for this test," said Öner.
Solis (16-0, 12 KO) has fought just once this year, beating Carl Davis Drumond in March. The 30-year-old Cuban has had some weight issues, but thus far they have not stopped him from looking like a heavyweight force. Ideally, he'd be fighting at around 240-250 pounds (he's just under 6'2", but built big, too), but in his last two fights has come in at 271 and 268 1/2.
Still, he's been dominant in basically every fight. The WBC has him as a highly-ranked contender, and he was reportedly offered a fight with Vitali Klitschko, which was turned down, causing Klitschko to sign a fight with Shannon Briggs for October 16 instead. There has also been talk of a fight between Solis and Russian giant Nikolai Valuev, but nothing serious has come up there.
Adamek-Solis is a good fight, but I know the reasons already that it won't happen. For one thing, Solis is good and can box with Adamek, and has power. Throw in the fact that he's not worth a lot of money, and it's sort of like Adamek choosing to fight a more dangerous version of Cristobal Arreola instead of just waiting his turn for a big money fight in 2011. I'm confident Adamek will fight again in 2010, but I doubt it'll be against someone who matches up with him as well as Solis does.
And as far as possible Adamek opponents go, I think personally that Alexander Dimitrenko would be useful if he is indeed preparing for the Klitschkos. He's big, tall, has some power, and is fresher than Michael Grant. But there's also the chance that Adamek will basically take a stay-busy fight against someone who doesn't present much threat whatsoever. After all, Wlad and Vitali will need opponents early next year, too, if not perhaps in December of this year.