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Tomasz Adamek Wants Roy Jones Jr., Main Events Doesn't

Roy Jones Jr. is desired for a fight by Tomasz Adamek, but not by his promoters at Main Events. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Roy Jones Jr. is desired for a fight by Tomasz Adamek, but not by his promoters at Main Events. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rick Reeno of reports that there have been discussions between Tomasz Adamek, his co-promoter Ziggy Rozalski, and Roy Jones Jr. for a potential March fight between the two.

Adamek (42-1, 27 KO) has a fight scheduled for December 9 against Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO), but it's a should-win fight for the Polish star. There was discussion at the WBC convention recently that centered on Adamek facing WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko in March, but then a big, dramatic scene developed and it was decided that Klitschko had to face a mandatory in March, which will be the winner of the December 17 fight between Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis.

So that leaves Adamek, who likes to stay busy, without a first quarter opponent in 2011. Jones (54-7, 40 KO) has lost his last two fights and canceled an October bout with journeyman Danny Santiago. At this point, as great as Jones was, he really has no value left. He struggles to sell tickets even at home, and did a miserable crowd against Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas this past April. Adamek sells pretty well in New Jersey no matter who he fights, and I'm willing to bet he'd still do very well in Chicago, too, where Jones has never fought, so there could be some novelty there. Or if they took the fight to Poland, you could expect a very good crowd, obviously. Adamek-Jones would also at least get an Integrated Sports PPV deal in the States, which means a little more money for everyone.

But the catch is that while Adamek and Rozalski reportedly want the fight, and Square Ring confirms that serious discussions have taken place, Kathy Duva at Main Events (Adamek's other co-promoter) isn't keen on the idea. Duva is holding firm on wanting Adamek to fight a Klitschko. While Vitali won't be available in March (he's tentatively set to face the Austin-Solis winner), Wladimir likely will be. Two days after Adamek-Maddalone, Klitschko faces Dereck Chisora in Germany.

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