Advertisement
Advertisement

Adamek Passes on Pulev: Makes No Financial Sense

By Keith Idec

Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek has turned down an opportunity to fight Kubrat Pulev in an IBF elimination match that could’ve earned him a shot at Wladimir Klitschko.

“I have been offered an opportunity to fight in Poland for far more money than I would get for fighting Kubrat Pulev,” Adamek said in a statement released Wednesday by his co-promoter, Main Events. “Meaning no disrespect to Pulev, he has never held a major title and never headlined a televised card. Any money generated by the promotion would, for the most part, be generated by my popularity. I owe it to my family to engage in the most financially rewarding bouts, and engaging in a bout with Kubrat Pulev at this time simply does not make financial sense.”

Adamek has informed IBF president Darryl Peoples of his decision. The Kearny, N.J., resident did not specify an opponent for the lucrative fight he mentioned in Poland, where the immensely popular Pole was stopped in the 10th round of a WBC title fight against Vitali Klitschko in September 2011.

The 36-year-old Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs) won a controversial split decision over Steve Cunningham (25-5, 12 KOs) in the first part of the IBF elimination tournament to determine Klitschko’s new mandatory challenger. Cunningham seemed to out-box Adamek in that bout, but Adamek defeated his fellow former cruiserweight champion by split decision for the second time in four years Dec. 22 in Bethlehem, Pa.

The 31-year-old Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs), a native of Bulgaria, knocked out Russia’s Alexander Ustinov (27-1, 21 KOs) in the 11th round Sept. 29 in Hamburg, Germany, to advance to the IBF’s elimination match against Adamek. Pulev is ranked No. 1 by the IBF, but the IBF hasn’t announced if he’ll automatically become Klitschko’s mandatory challenger now that Adamek has pulled out of their fight.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DoomCity202 on 02-14-2013

Anytime i hear that statement made.... I know there is a new fighter to watch :boxing: Boxing is so ****ing predictable. I'm going to seek Pulev clips in youtube now :)

Comment by The Big Dunn on 02-14-2013

[QUOTE=JAB5239;13034469][COLOR="Navy"]More ducking by one contender from another. What a sorry mess this storied division has become.[/COLOR][/QUOTE] the division is at its weakest point in history and then add to it the fact the "best" guys wont fight each other. sad.…

Comment by Freedom. on 02-14-2013

[QUOTE=WladimirK;13033631]It's just a strange message from Adamek. But [B]he's not been the same since the Vitali beatdown[/B][/QUOTE]Very true.

Comment by JAB5239 on 02-14-2013

[COLOR="Navy"]More ducking by one contender from another. What a sorry mess this storied division has become.[/COLOR]

Comment by molinari on 02-14-2013

[QUOTE=The Nephilim;13033507]I'm not so sure about him not fighting Szpilka. Big money fight for both of them and Szpilka has been calling Adamek out. The other choices are Wach or Golota II. I also wouldn't bet the farm on Arreola…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (45)
Top Headlines Wilder vs. Joshua Will Be Built Up as SHO PPV, Says Hearn Danny Garcia Hits Back at Keith Thurman With Sneaky Reply Haskins vs. Hall is Likely For Brook-Vargas or Golovkin-Eubank Koncz: If Pacquiao Returns, Crawford Not a Thought - Never Was! Mikey Garcia Names Terry Flanagan as Potential Target at 135 Froch Thinks Golovkin Will Struggle With Ramirez, 168 Power Arum: Manny Pacquiao Wants To Fight Again, Not Sure He Can Yet Klitschko Manager Wants Full Investigation on Fury Doping Claim Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras Trade Heated Words Oscar Valdez Ready For The Danger of Hard Punching Rueda Ryan Martin To Make Ring Return on Wilder vs. Arreola Card Povetkin Holds Meeting With WBC: Awaits Decision on Wilder Golovkin, Eubank Jr. Should Sign By This Weekend, Says Hearn SHO's Espinoza: Canelo-GGG in "Fall 2017" Was To Stop Bleeding Photos: Mario Barrios Putting in Work For World Title Eliminator Roman Gonzalez Focused on Cuadras Next, For The Right Price Parker's Promoter: Anthony Joshua Will Eat The Jab All Night! Cecilia Braekhus Returns, Tops First Card in Norway Since 1980 Manuel Avila Continues Unbeaten Run at Cache Creek Casino Smith's Trainer: We Can Beat Canelo, But Will The Judges Agree? News: Boxeo Telemundo Update; Skeete-Lepelley; Jay Harris Thurman Might Make Mandatory Defense Against Avanesyan Next Jonathan Guzman Ready For Wake Title Shot Rabchenko Handed IBF Eliminator On Santa Cruz-Frampton Card Hurd Wants Foes Like Bundrage, Ishe Smith For Upcoming Fights DiBella: Wilder vs. Joshua is Inevitable in Future, But Not Now Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith is NOT a Bad Fight, Explains Hearn Haye: Bellew Fight Must Be at Heavyweight, He Must Add Weight Anthony Mundine Back in Talks For Danny Green Rematch Knockout CP Freshmart Decisions Rojas In A Stinker Ganigan Lopez vs. Jonathan Taconing Will Be a War, Says WBC Joseph Parker Ready To Take November Date For Anthony Joshua Amir Imam, Guillermo Jones Return on Pittsburgh Card Arum: After Ramirez Beats Golovkin, He Will Be a Big PPV Star! Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia: The Fight, Right Now Photos: Mayweather Takes Part in BET Celebrity Basketball Game Ramirez's Adviser: Golovkin One-Dimensional, He's No '85 Bears! Mike Tyson Will Back Trump at Republican National Convention Edner Cherry Snags Debatable Decision Over Lydell Rhodes Antonio Margarito vs. Ramon Alvarez Pushed Back To August 13
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement