Word out of Poland is that HBO is interested in an April fight between heavyweight contenders Cristobal Arreola and Tomasz Adamek, which would match two of the division's most plainly exciting and interesting fighters in a potential war.
Adamek is set to face American fringe contender Jason Estrada on February 6 in Newark, and would have to get out of that fight with a win, and healthy enough to fight again in less than three months' time. The target date for Arreola-Adamek would be April 24.
Adamek's promoter thinks the time won't be a problem, and that it'll come down to money.
Arreola (28-1, 25 KO) lost in September to Vitali Klitschko, but rebounded in December with a win over overmatched Brian Minto. Adamek (39-1, 27 KO) is really even smaller in frame than Minto is, but is a far more polished boxer, probably stronger, and even though he's inexperienced as a heavyweight (just one fight) is a far bigger threat than the gutsy Minto ever was going to be, though Minto did his best and put on a hell of a show.
Arreola-Adamek could be a terrific fight, and it makes plenty of sense. For the time being, the title shots look tied up. Vitali Klitschko is looking to fight Nikolai Valuev, reportedly. David Haye has a mandatory date in March or April with John Ruiz. Wladimir Klitschko is tentatively set to face Eddie Chambers on March 20, and then will have a long overdue mandatory with Alexander Povetkin. Meanwhile, Arreola and Adamek are on the just outside looking in, attractive, money-drawing opponents with TV-friendly styles.
It's just talk for now and nothing more, but I think I speak for pretty much everyone when I say count me in. It's a good fight in basically every way.