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Travis Walker: Tomasz Adamek is Not The Fighter He Was

NEWARK, NJ - Travis "Freight Train" Walker, 39-7-1, 31 KOs, has waited a long time to make his move in the heavyweight division. The eight-year pro originally from Tallahassee, FL, has fought all over the world against major competition. But he will get his biggest opportunity to gain attention from the boxing public when he faces former two-time world champ Tomasz Adamek, 46-2, 28 KOs, in the 12-round main event at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon, September 8, 2012. Adamek's IBF North American Heavyweight Title will be on the line in the fight.

"This is probably my biggest chance," Walker said. "I'm very confident, and feel really good about it. I've been at this place before, and I'm very proud of myself for getting here again. It was a long, long road I travelled to get back here."

At 6'4 ½" tall and weighing in at about 245 pounds, the 33-year old Walker is taller, heavier, and younger than Adamek. The Tallahasse native will look to leverage these advantages when he meets the former champ in the rare afternoon-set fight card.

Walker looked like a "Freight Train" in his last bout, when he brutally halted Kali Meehan in the sixth round of their IBF Pan Pacific Heavyweight Title Fight in March. Meehan could not take the punishment dealt by Walker, and the contest was stopped less than one minute into round six.

In contrast, Walker feels Tomasz Adamek had a tough night in his last outing--a 12-round points win over Eddie Chambers at Newark's Prudential Center in June. Walker hopes that he can prove that Adamek's difficulties with Chambers were signs of slippage that will help to improve his own chances. 

"I don't think he's the fighter he was," Walker said of his opponent.

With 31 knockouts in his 39 victories, it is clear that Travis will be looking to over-power the tough former champion, who is currently ranked #3 by the IBF. However, Walker knows that he will have to do it in Adamek's adopted backyard.

Prudential Center has been "home field" for the Polish-born Adamek, who attracts big crowds of loyal and loud supporters every time he fights in Newark. Although competing in enemy territory is never easy, Walker has made a career of it, and he takes such assignments in stride. After being the underdog in distant locales such as Germany and Australia, fighting in New Jersey seems like a piece of cake.

"I've been doing it my whole life, so it's nothing new to me," Walker said. "I've been to everybody's backyard. I'm going into this fight with the mind frame that I'm not going to win unless I stop him. I'm not going to force the knockout, but I really believe that I have to have one." 

On September 8th, the "Freight Train" pulls into Newark for his chance to shake up the heavyweight rankings. All aboard!

FIGHT INFO: 

"Ironbound Throwdown" September 8th at Newark's Prudential Center features Tomasz Adamek vs. Travis Walker. Tickets priced at $180 ringside, $105, and $55 are available through Ticketmaster: online at www.ticketmaster.com ; Charge-by-phone: 1-800-745-3000; Ticketmaster Express 866-448-7849; and Ticketmaster ticket centers. Tickets are also available at Prudential Center's Box Office and www.prucenter.com .

The fight will be available in Poland on PPV. WealthTV will begin airing undercard bouts live at 3PM ET nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country.

Prudential Center doors will open at 1:30PM, first fight is 2:00PM. The card is presented by Main Events in association with Peltz Boxing, and Ziggy Promotions

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by molinari on 08-21-2012

I wouldnt call Adameks fight boring. Everyone except maybe Maddalone and Golota who was long done at the time had power advantage over Adamek. He wasnt the one who made Chambers fight boring imo, it was Eddie`s injury.

Comment by dmaclv on 08-21-2012

I would like to see, and I'm pretty sure it will happen, Walker come in under 235. He has had a good amount of time to train for this fight so I'm pretty sure he will be around 235. The…

Comment by JAB5239 on 08-21-2012

[QUOTE=paulf;12440274]Dude... They bought Stiverne-Austin :rofl:[/QUOTE] [FONT="Tahoma"][COLOR="Navy"] Im pretty sure this wasn't a main event fight. Wasn't it on the undercard of Yusef Mack vs Tavoris Cloud?[/COLOR][/FONT]

Comment by JAB5239 on 08-21-2012

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;12441041]I've seen all Adamek's hw fights and have come to the conclusion: he just isn't that good at hw. He fights too tentatively and he looks like he's unsure of himself half the time. He'll step in the pocket throw…

Comment by BostonGuy on 08-21-2012

[QUOTE=VatoMulatto;12441555]Travis isn't on Adamek's level. Yes he's a big strong guy and can punch but as long as Adamek fights a smart fight he should win this fight. ..Travis has only a puncher's chance.[/QUOTE] Walker's not bad. Adamek is definitely…

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