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6/12/2009 12:00 AM
Written by Ellen Haley
ADAMEK vs. GUNN
IBF CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
JULY 11th - PRUDENTIAL CENTER, NEWARK
Fans of Main Events Boxing Series have come to anticipate a night of great boxing entertainment when they come to “The Rock”. On Saturday, July 11th that tradition will continue! The main event will feature IBF Cruiserweight Champion, Tomasz Adamek of Golwice, Poland and Jersey City, 37-1, (25 KO’s) as he defends his title against Hackensack, NJ’s, Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn 18-3-1, (15 KO’s). This event is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions. Seven exciting matches are slated for the undercard.
In an 8 round Welterweight battle, Paterson’s own, undefeated, Henry Crawford, 21-0-1 (9 KO’s) will take on Kaseem Wilson of Philadelphia, PA, 12-1-1, (4 KO’s). There are a number of southpaws in the Welterweight division but this will be Crawford’s first fight against a left-handed opponent.
Adding to the Polish frenzy that whips up the Prudential Center whenever Adamek fights in house will be three other matches that feature Polish boxers. In an 8 round fight that Main Events matchmaker, Russell Peltz deems a “very interesting and challenging match”, Super Middleweight, Piotr Wilczweski, of Roztocznik, Poland (22-0, (7 KO’s) will battle Curtis Stevens, of Brooklyn, NY, 20-2, (14 KO’s). Stevens is ranked #15 by the WBO. This may well be Wilczweski’s toughest challenge to date.
Undefeated, Polish patriot, Mateusz Masternak of Wroclaw Poland, 13-0, (8KO’s) will take part in an 8 round Cruiserweight match against Brooklyn resident, Naser Mohamed Aly, 4-3, (2 KO’s). The third Polish fighter on the card will be 2009 Golden Gloves winner, Adam Kownacki of Queens, NY making his pro debut in a 4 round Heavyweight bout.
Ran Nakash a cruiserweight with a current record of 18-0, (14 KO’s) hails from Haifa, Israel, and will take on William Bailey of Chesapeake, VA 10-16-2, (5 KO’s). Nakash, “The Jewish Warrior”, made his living as the trainer of some of Israel’s most elite soldiers in hand to hand combat. He says he fights every single one of his contests with the heart of Israel on his back.
Rounding out the action-packed card and fresh off a recent win will be Morganville, N.J.’s promising middleweight prospect Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin, (3-0, 2 KO’s). Douglin, who had a brilliant amateur career, is trained by his mother, Saphya Douglin. Delen Parsley of Brooklyn, NY will also make his pro debut in the Junior Middleweight division.
Tickets start at $38 and are available through Ticketmaster or at the Prudential Center Box Office. Group discounts are available. Tickets, priced at $38, $53, $78, $103, and $253 (ringside), can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or Prucenter.com. First fight will be 7:00pm.
A Fan Festival will be held outside Prudential Center at Entry Plaza, Edison and Mulberry Streets from 5:00pm. Food, beverages and music.