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Tomasz Adamek returns on Dec. 4 against Vinny Maddalone

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Dan Rafael of reported this afternoon that terms have been agreed to for a December 4 fight between Tomasz Adamek and Vinny Maddalone.

To say this is not the next step any Adamek fan was hoping for would be kind. Adamek (42-1, 27 KO) is coming off of a fairly wide but overall shaky victory over washed-up Michael Grant on August 21, and now will be facing a 36-year-old career club fighter in Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO).

Let's put it this way for those unfamiliar with Maddalone. In this era of heavyweight boxing, with a career that began in 1999, Vinny Maddalone is a heavyweight from Queens who has never received a title shot -- of any kind. He's never been in an eliminator fight of any kind. He's never fought for one of the 12,000 trinkets that mean nothing to anyone but that fighters have a habit of collecting like I used to collect Happy Meal toys.

Not once has Vinny Maddalone ever fought for a belt. In a 40-fight career, he has never fought a 12-round bout. He has fought just seven 10-round bouts. Only once has he gone a full ten rounds. Maybe Maddalone doesn't give a crap about crummy belts that no one else gives a crap about either, and if that's the case, then I salute him for keeping his money and not forking it over to have his fights "sanctioned" for some piece of tin.

On the negative side for a moment, Adamek is fighting a pretty damn soft heavyweight schedule, and you just can't get around that. In his heavyweight run, he has fought washed-up and half-interested Andrew Golota, washed-up Grant, soft-punching Jason Estrada, and Cristobal Arreola, which was a really legit fight and a good matchup.

But the good news is that this lack of risk in the short-term might be leading to a fight with Vitali Klitschko in 2011. There have been rumblings that the sides have discussed a potential fight at Madison Square Garden. By staying busy and taking it easy, Adamek doesn't risk a potential monster payday against Vitali. That fight will do absolutely mega-ultra-crazy-big business in Europe and will do well here in the States, too, I believe. Staying sharp against a guy like Vinny Maddalone is not something to celebrate, but if the result of this is a fight with Vitali, then so be it.

The other good news is that it should be a pretty entertaining fight. Maddalone is a bulldog type who has never been afraid to get in there and mix it up, because he doesn't have a whole lot of other skills to go to. He's a tough guy, can punch a little bit, and I doubt he's ever been intimidated. So there are silver linings to this, even though it's not the best matchup.

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