Tomasz Adamek will be back on December 22 in Newark, headlining a show on NBC. (Photo by Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
Polish heavyweight star Tomasz Adamek will be headlining a holiday boxing show on NBC (the real one, not the NBC Sports Network) on December 22 from the Prudential Center in Newark, and former Cuban amateur standout Odlanier Solis is being considered as a potential opponent.
Adamek (47-2, 29 KO) is coming off of a win on Saturday over gatekeeper banger Travis Walker in Newark, which didn't come easy. The two put on a hell of a fun show, with both going down in the second round, and Adamek storming back to stop Walker in five.
There is some talk of Adamek facing Steve Cunningham in a rematch of their 2008 cruiserweight classic, this time at heavyweight, but apparently that won't come until 2013, if it is indeed going to happen. Cunningham won his heavyweight debut on Saturday, cruising past Jason Gavern on the Adamek-Walker undercard.
So then there's Solis (18-1, 12 KO), a former amateur star who is best known for two things as a pro: Being overweight and injuring his knee in round one of his shot at Vitali Klitschko in 2011. He's an extremely talented fighter when he's focused and even close to being in shape, but after the long layoff due to knee surgery, he returned on May 19 of this year weighing in at 267½ pounds, up there with his most fluffy and indulgent pro weights.
Solis is currently and tentatively slated to face Leif Larsen on October 12 in Spain. Larsen (16-0, 13 KO) is a former football player for UTEP and the Buffalo Bills, as well as a shot put standout in Norway.
Anyway, if Adamek vs Solis does come together, I think it's a really intriguing fight. Every time I see Adamek, I feel like he's overdue to get blasted as a heavyweight, because he's really not a heavyweight, but his grit and skills have carried him so far. He's always fun to watch, and I get the feeling Adamek-Solis would be a good one if it happens.