Tomasz Adamek will face Travis Walker on September 8 in Newark. (Photo by Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
Tomasz Adamek has found a new opponent for his September 8 date at the Prudential Center in Newark, with Travis Walker being signed to face the Polish star as the main event of an afternoon bill.
Adamek (46-2, 28 KO) was originally penciled in to face the gloriously washed-up James Toney, a fight announcement that drew massive groans from anyone who has seen Toney in the last five years or so, but that was canceled when Toney pulled out of the fight on July 11, in a bit of really good news for boxing fans who had any interest in watching Adamek in September.
Walker (39-7-1, 31 KO) is a highly-flawed fighter, but he's also known to give exciting efforts in the ring. The 33-year-old, who was born in Tallahassee and now fights out of Houston, has been fun to watch against the likes of Chris Arreola, Johnathon Banks, and Alex Leapai in past outings, all losses.
Honestly, if Walker is in shape, I wouldn't totally count out a big upset here. He's 6'4" with an 82-inch reach, and we've seen Adamek struggle in the heavyweight division simply because Adamek is just not really a heavyweight. Despite the fact that he's 8-1 in the division, and his only loss came to Vitali Klitschko, Adamek has been rocky, particularly in outings against Eddie Chambers and Jason Estrada, but also at moments against Michael Grant and Nagy Aguilera.
Adamek vs Walker will be a PPV in Poland, which is why it's happening in the afternoon in the U.S., to make up for the time difference. Right now the fight has no TV outlet in the States.