Advertisement
Advertisement

Adamek, Solis Agree To Tourney: Wait on Pulev, Ustinov

By Keith Idec

Tomasz Adamek’s co-promoter emphasized Wednesday that the popular Polish contender wants to participate in the IBF’s proposed four-man elimination tournament to determine the sanctioning organization’s new mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko.

The IBF intends to match Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) against Russian Alexander Ustinov (27-0, 21 KOs) and Cuban Odlanier Solis (18-1, 12 KOs) against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev (16-0, 8 KOs). The winners would meet for the right to become the IBF’s No. 1 heavyweight contender for Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs).

Kathy Duva — whose company, Main Events, co-promotes Adamek and Solis — said both boxers have agreed to partake in the tournament. Duva added that as of Wednesday night, Ustinov and Pulev had not committed to it.

If Ustinov agrees to participate, Duva would like to match him against Adamek on Sept. 8 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., in the main event of an independent pay-per-view telecast.

Adamek was expected to oppose faded former contender James Toney (74-7-3, 45 KOs, 2 NC) on Sept. 8, but Duva and the 43-year-old Toney’s representatives ultimately couldn’t come to contractual terms to make that fight.

“Once the IBF sent us an e-mail on Monday,” Duva said, “telling us that they were ordering Adamek to be in an eliminator, we figured, ‘Well, we haven’t made a deal [with Toney]. Obviously, this isn’t going anywhere and we have to move on.’

“So that’s what we decided. Now we are exploring [the tournament]. I don’t know how that’s going to turn out, but I don’t have any intention of talking about who he’s fighting next until I know for sure. And that’s why I don’t make statements until contracts have been signed.”

Representatives for Ustinov and Pulev have until Thursday to commit to the IBF’s four-fighter tournament.

Duva stressed, however, that reports of Adamek’s opposition to the IBF’s tournament are inaccurate.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Duva said. “I haven’t spoken to [Adamek] myself, but I spoke to [co-promoter] Ziggy [Rozalski] and he said, ‘Don’t pay any attention to that.’ He doesn’t know where that came from. … [Adamek isn’t] one to turn things down.”

The 35-year-old Ustinov, who resides in Minsk, Belarus, has fought just once in the United States. To meet Adamek, he’d have to come to the Kearny, N.J. resident’s proverbial backyard, where Adamek has drawn sizeable crowds for eight of his fights over the past 3½ years.

Adamek, also 35, defeated Philadelphia’s Eddie Chambers by unanimous decision in a 12-round fight in his most recent action, June 16 at Prudential Center. The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion has won two bouts by decision since WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) beat him by 10th-round technical knockout Sept. 10 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cloud on 07-12-2012

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;12326927]I've never seen the Russian or Bulgarian & Solis doesn't imppress me, he has some skill but no style &needs some1 2 light a fire under him...no motivation...all the fans who like the heavies enjoy it, I find them boring…

Comment by badnewsbrown on 07-12-2012

Ustinov is a terrible fighter. I'd rather see the toney fight.

Comment by nycsmooth on 07-12-2012

I've never seen the Russian or Bulgarian & Solis doesn't imppress me, he has some skill but no style &needs some1 2 light a fire under him...no motivation...all the fans who like the heavies enjoy it, I find them boring…

Comment by Cloud on 07-12-2012

Hell yeah. Hope Ustinov and Pulev follow suit. Some potentially good fights here.

Comment by Mastrangelo on 07-12-2012

Wow, Adamek deserves huge respect for this. He coudl've taken easier road to championship. I hope that Ustinov and Pulev will step up, and if not, there's always Boytsov. Great, great news.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (21)
Top Headlines Hearn Explains Rift With DeGale, Situation With Haymon - Video Video: Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto Tense Face To Face at Weighin Lolenga Mock Outscores David Becarra Over Ten Rounds Callum Smith Hits Washington To Scout Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Fury Just Wants To Be Left Alone To Enjoy a Chicken Sandwich Francisco Vargas Granted Temporary License, Must Submit To Additional Testing Vasyl Lomachenko: Nicholas Walters Kept Making Excuses Rances Barthelemy-Mickey Bey Tops PBC on Spike, June 3 Photos: Badou Jack, James DeGale, Bute, Medina Ready To Fight Photos: Manny Pacquiao Hits The Campaign Trail in Senate Bid News: Marquis Moore; Orlando Del Valle; Dashon Johnson Video: Jack-Bute, DeGale-Medina Make Weight For Battle All Fighters Make Weight For Showtime Double In D.C. Khan: Beating Canelo Would Be Monumental For British Boxing DeGale: I Told Badou Jack 'You're Next, Green Belt is Coming To UK' Bellew vs. Makabu Title Clash Officially Unveiled Weights From London: Fury 231, Kassi 233 Carl Frampton Relinquishes IBF 122-Pound Crown Kovalev's Promoter Details How Chilemba/Russia Deal Came About Andre Dirrell 'Definitely' Would Go To England For DeGale Rematch Porter: Thurman Doesn't Work on The Inside, Smarter Fighter Wins Gaiyanghadaogym, Sithsamerchai Claim Wins In Thailand Frampton: Leo Santa Cruz's Style is Made For Me, 100% I'll Win Jeff Horn Targets WBO Title Showdown With Jessie Vargas Photos: Joshua, Haye, Groves, McGuigan Hit BT Sport Awards Golovkin's Promoter: If Kell Brook is Serious, We Can Discuss It Nacho Says 'Perfect Fight' Will Still See Khan Get Blasted By Canelo Video: Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto Final Press Conference Patrick Nielsen-Denis Douglin Set For May 28 in Denmark De La Hoya: Canelo Has Surpassed What I Accomplished at His Age Video: Roman Martinez on Overcoming Lomachenko Defense Stevenson Motivated To Reach Childhood Dream of Olympic Gold Tyson Fury: I Wish I Had Anthony Joshua's C**k, I Bet It's Big Manny Pacquiao Shocked at Kidnap Plot, Requests Added Security Video: DeGale on Facing Lucian Bute if He Shocks Badou Jack Jessie Vargas is Ready and Willing To Unify With Kell Brook Video: Badou Jack Talks Lucian Bute, DeGale vs. Medina, More Martinez's Promoter Details Situation With WBO Title, Berchelt Video: Felix Verdejo Talks New York City Return, Critics, More Video: Lucian Bute Confident That He's Downing Badou Jack
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement