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Adamek-Godfrey likely for July 10

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When HBO passed on a fight between cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek and light heavyweight contender Glen Johnson, the hope was that Showtime or someone could rescue that bout. Turns out, according to Dan Rafael, that Showtime just doesn't have the money in its budget to make that bout.

With Adamek scheduled to return on July 10 at Newark's Prudential Center, which has become his fighting home, it looks now like his opponent will be 28-year old American Matt Godfrey. Adamek says he's 99% sure Godfrey will be his opponent. The fight will likely end up on one of those "special" Shobox broadcasts, the night before Vic Darchinyan's fight with Joseph Agbeko on Showtime.

Godfrey, from Providence, has fought most of his career in the northeast, but did venture over to Germany to face Rudolf Kraj last year. Kraj beat Godfrey via unanimous decision (115-113, 116-113, 117-111) in a WBC eliminator. Godfrey has a career mark of 18-1 with 10 knockouts.

It's not to blast Godfrey as a bad opponent, because he's not, but he's not a really good one, either. He's roughly the same level of opponent that Johnathon Banks was for Adamek -- decent resume, American, good record, and Adamek should be the very heavy favorite. It's not Adamek-Hopkins or Adamek-Johnson, let's put it that way.

For anyone wondering, Steve Cunningham is still without a fight on the docket.