Saturday's big card in Wroclaw, Poland, is of course headlined by the WBC heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Tomasz Adamek, but there are some familiar names on the undercard, too. The Polish broadcast, which is the first-ever PPV in the country, will see at least some of this action, and likely the RTL airing in Germany will as well. But for those watching HBO in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K., you'll see just the main event.
Welterweights, 8 Rounds
Sadam Ali (13-0, 7 KO) vs Boris Berg (4-4-1, 3 KO)
This is a nothing fight for Ali, the flashy, 22-year-old Brooklyn prospect who is the main youngster on the Main Events roster, and is a familiar face on Adamek undercards in New Jersey. Ali is well past the level of this opponent, and really should be stepping up his competition soon. Berg did score a six-round draw with shot veteran Matt Zegan in 2010, but since then has gone 1-4.
Cruiserweights, 8 Rounds
Ola Afolabi (17-2-3, 8 KO) vs Lukasz Rusiewicz (9-10-1, 2 KO)
This is the fourth straight lousy fight for Afolabi following his competitive loss to Marco Huck in December 2009, and this is the worst of the four. At least the other guys had winning records against fluff competition.
Cruiserweights, 10 Rounds
Mateusz Masternak (23-0, 17 KO) vs Carl Davis (15-3, 11 KO)
Masternak, 24, is a Polish prospect and sorta-contender, and will be fighting in his hometown as the main feature of the undercard. Davis, 37, is from Evanston, Ill., and hasn't fought since December 2010, when he moved down about 40 pounds to become a cruiserweight after a TKO-5 loss in 2009 to DaVarryl Williamson.
Heavyweights, 10 Rounds
Andrzej Wawrzyk (22-0, 11 KO) vs Devin Vargas (18-1, 7 KO)
Devin Vargas, 29, was a 2004 Olympian for the United States, and lost in the second round of the tournament. He won the bronze at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. His pro loss came to Kevin Johnson (TKO-6, and it was an ugly beating) in May 2009, and he hasn't fought since September 2009. Still, I guess it's reasonable that he could be an "upset" waiting to happen here, as Wawrzyk, 23, has dined on softies at home. Wawrzyk stands 6'5" and generally weighs around 230 pounds, while Vargas is 6'3" and was fighting around 220-225 back when he was active.
Middleweights, 8 Rounds
Mariusz Cendrowski (21-3-2, 8 KO) vs Anton Sjomkin (13-4, 11 KO)
Well, you don't generally hear a lot about pro boxers from Estonia, so here's Sjomkin, a pro boxer from Estonia.
Heavyweights, 8 Rounds
Johnathon Banks (26-1-1, 17 KO) vs Ivica Bacurin (8-1-1, 2 KO)
Well, you don't generally hear a lot about pro boxers from Croatia, so here's Bacurin, a pro boxer from Croatia. Banks was supposedly going to fight Fres Oquendo, but in a stunner that rivals Juergen Braehmer bailing on Beibut Shumenov or Juergen Braehmer bailing on Nathan Cleverly, Oquendo pulled out of the fight.