Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek has officially backed out of his scheduled fight that was to take place Saturday on NBC against Vyacheslav Glazkov. He is replaced by unheralded Garrett Wilson, who fights out of Philadelphia, and the broadcast will go on as planned.
On Wednesday it was reported that Adamek was feeling very ill, and may have to remove himself from the fight. Today he released a statement claiming that he has been suffering from the stomach flu and will be unable to box on Saturday.
"For the first time in my career, I have had to pull out of a bout. I apologize to all of my fans, but the stomach flu has hit me so hard, that it is impossible to go through with Saturday night's bout.
"I was hoping against the odds that I would recover sufficiently to compete. However, that has not happened. My doctor has told me that I should not fight, and, very honestly, I feel awful. Therefore, I had to inform Main Events that I could not compete on Saturday. Again, I apologize, but the circumstances are beyond my control."
This is a definite bummer for Adamek who was needing to look good in order to help receive a fight against Wladimir Klitschko in the near future. Adamek does have a familiar name, though, so it may be irrelevant if he looks good or not anytime soon. Wlad may be giving him a call regardless.
His replacement, Wilson, is a crusierweight who is moving up for the opportunity to score a career-best victory. He has a record of 13-6-1 (7).
The card begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and will air on NBC.