12/7/2010 11:31 AM
December 6, 2010, North Bergen, NJ - Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27KO's) and Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO's) attended the final press conference before their upcoming heavyweight title fight, which will take place this Thursday at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Adamek's IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Titles will be on the line for this "Brick City Boxing Series" show.
Here are some quotes from the press conference: Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, Adamek's Promoter:
"It's fitting that we have this fight on a Thursday night. We started out at Prudential Center on a Thursday two years ago with what many people called the fight of the year, Adamek - Cunningham."
"I know there's not going to be a person watching this fight that will be disappointed. These are two fighters with great heart and determination." Joe DeGuardia, Star Boxing CEO, Maddalone's Promoter:
"Ten years ago, a couple friends of mine brought me an Italian Heavyweight Toughman Contest winner and told me they wanted to turn him into a professional fighter. At the time Vinny didn't have any real training, he was fighting solely on heart and grit. Ten years later, I must say Vinny has improved vastly, but one thing hasn't changed, and that is that he still has that heart and grit. What makes this fight even more interesting is that his opponent, Tomasz has that same type of mentality. I know we have been billing this fight as New Jersey vs. New York, but I think the best description for it is Heart vs. Heart. Both of these guys are warriors, it's going to be like Rocky fighting Rocky. Both Vinny and Tomasz are very determined and truthfully they don't know how to be in a bad fight. This is going to be great and exciting night of boxing, so make sure you don't miss it." Nirmal Lorick, Maddalone's Head Trainer:
"Vinny has worked really for this fight and he ready to go. Vinny has the tools to come out on top in this fight. As everyone knows there is no quit in Vinny, he will keep coming from round one to round thirteen and we expect nothing less come this Thursday." Vinny Maddalone:
"I'm ready to go and really just looking forward to putting on a great show come Thursday night. I have put a lot of work in at the gym, approximately fourteen weeks of training for this fight. As I always do I am going to give everything I have and leave it all in the ring come fight night. Tomasz is a great champion and I know that he is going to be coming ready to fight and ready to go to war. For everyone in attendance and for everyone else watching at home on TV, I promise you that you are going to see one heck of a fight come December 9th."
"I plan on pressuring him from the moment that bell sounds to start round one. He won't have to look for me I'm going to be right there in his face. I am in the best shape of my career, I feel like I can go 20 rounds right now if I had to."
"I know there are going to be a ton of Polish fans there, but I can assure you just like when I fought Mormeck in France and Boytsov in Germany, by the end of the fight some of his fans are going to become Vinny Maddalone fans."
"I know it will be tough to win a decision in this fight, and that's why I am looking to make it a short night. If I have the opportunity to knock him out I won't let it slip by."
"Working with my new trainer Nirmal has been great. He has put me through hell in this training camp but I am in tremendous shape. He has added couple of things to my arsenal and I think some people will be surprised by my performance. That being said I am still the same pressure fighter, I want to turn this thing into a war."
"This might be not for a major world title, but I'm viewing this fight as a world championship, because if I win, it puts me in position to challenge one of the champions out there, and that's what I have been working for my entire career."
"In this fight you have two guys with similar come forward styles and its going to make for a great fight and a great night of boxing this Thursday." Roger Bloodworth, Adamek's Head Trainer:
"We have a lot of respect for Vinny and we are expecting a tough fight this Thursday and for that we have trained very hard. Like Joe (DeGuardia) said earlier, this fight is Heart vs. Heart, you have two guys who are going to leave everything they have in the ring. Everyone watching this fight is in for a real treat, that I much can promise you."
How much has Tomasz improved since the first fight you worked with him? "I'd say he's at least 80% better than he used to be. I'm not talking about his heart or determination, I'm talking about his skill and his skill sets. We're working on everything: defense; offense; movement; control of the ring; how to get out of trouble. He's learning very fast. He's a very smart guy." Tomasz Adamek:
"I'm excited to be returning to the Prudential Center. I have been training really hard with Roger and I feel like I'm getting better and better and learning more everyday. I know that Vinny and I are going to make a really great fight and I invite everyone to come out and enjoy it with us this Thursday night."
Do you think if you win this fight it's a step up to a world title fight? "Every fight is a step closer to a championship fight. Every fight teaches me many new things. Roger is a good teacher. I've changed my style, I feel better, I have more movement. I'm healthy. That's very important. I feel like I am a better fighter now than I was before camp."
"Every fighter is different in every fight. We watched a couple of Vinny's fights. He's a tough man, he's not afraid to fight. We will see on Thursday how he starts the fight. If you want to win you must be tough and have heart. If you don't have heart you are nothing."
Can Vinny beat you? "You know everybody has a chance, but my spirit is strong you know? And when I go into the ring, I am going in to be the champion, this is my way."
Credits: Kubikfoto Fight Details:
The "Brick City Boxing Series" card will take place December 9th at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, and is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Star Boxing. Doors open at 6pm.
Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or www.Prucenter.com
To keep up to date visit the Main Events Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Totowa-NJ/Main-Events/76572871323?ref=ts&__a=16&ajaxpipe=1 and www.mainevents.com and www.starboxing.com
The fight is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 8PM EST / 5PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer's Choice and Bell TV in Canada. for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.Tickets priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or www.Prucenter.com