Earlier today at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ, Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27KO's) and Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO's) met face to face for the final press conference before their upcoming heavyweight title fight this Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Adamek-Maddalone is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. At stake will be Adamek's IBF International and WBO NABO Heavyweight Titles.
Kathy Duva, President of Main Events, and co-promoter of Adamek, kicked off the press conference, thanking everyone in attendance and introducing some of the undercard fighters on the card, before giving the mic over to both main event fighters and members from their corresponding camps. Below are some photos and quotes from the presser.
Joe DeGuardia (CEO of Star Boxing, Promoter of Maddalone):
First and foremost I want to congratulate Kathy, Ziggy Promotions and everyone at the Prudential center for really bringing back big-time boxing to the state of New Jersey. They have done a great job with their past events and we expect nothing less Thursday night and we are just very happy to be a part of it.
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.
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'm excited to be returning to the Prudential Center. I have been training really hard with Roger (Bloodworth) 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.
Nirmal Lorick (Head Trainer of Maddalone):
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.
Roger Bloodworth (Head Trainer of Adamek):
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.
Adamek-Maddalone is presented by Main Events & Ziggy Promotions, in association with Star Boxing and being distributed live on Pay-Per-View by Integrated Sports. First fight starts at 6:00PM ET with the Pay-Per-View going live on air at 8:00 PM E. Fight venue - Newark's Prudential Center.
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 Prucenter.com.