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Tomasz Adamek and Kubrat Pulev have qualified for an IBF heavyweight final eliminator, and talks are underway to stage the bout in Poland in March or April.
Two heavyweight contenders seemingly headed in opposite directions will collide in the spring, with late March or early April the current time frame for a bout between Tomasz Adamek and Kubrat Pulev, according to a report at Ring Polska.
Adamek (48-2, 29 KO) went 4-0 in 2012, but had some very questionable wins over both Eddie Chambers and Steve Cunningham, with more convincing defeats of Travis Walker (surviving a scare there, too) and Nagy Aguilera. The 36-year-old former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champ is still searching for his first major title win as a heavyweight, and has qualified for an IBF final eliminator against the 31-year-old Pulev.
The winner of Adamek-Pulev would be in line for a shot at Wladimir Klitschko. Adamek has already faced and was manhandled by Vitali Klitschko, while Pulev's wins over Dimitrenko and Ustinov at least mean he's familiar with someone Wladimir's height, if nothing else.
If the fight goes ahead as currently being discussed, Adamek will have home field advantage in Poland.
Who's your favorite here? Will Pulev wilt against his most skilled opponent to date, or will he be too fresh for the aging Adamek?