Wolak and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Scratched
photo courtesy of Top Rank
“I dropped everything I was planning and said yes,” said Wolak, who had originally trained for a Christmas time bout in Brooklyn, New York. Just days before the fight, Chavez Jr.'s handlers reported the son of the legendary Mexican fighter awoke with a 103-degree fever. Chavez Jr. withdrew from the fight.
To Wolak, a native Dębica, Poland, something was not right. “I believe he's having a weight problem and it's a tough fight for him. I think he's scared of the loss. To fight me, you have to come into that ring in tip-top shape. He obviously isn't,” added Wolak.
Promoter Bob Arum said Chavez Jr. lost a $775,000 purse and a possible next fight against junior-middleweight champion Miguel Cotto by pulling out.
Wolak was regulated to the undercard with a credible replacement. He shrugged off a second-round knockdown by Mexico's Jose Pinzon (19-1-1, 13 KO’s) and won by TKO in the seventh.
Wolak is a brick worker for the Pointers, Cleaners and Caulkers Union in Long Island when he's not in training.
Adamek Favored in New Jersey Bout
On Thursday, at the Prudential Center in Newark, Tomasz Adamek will be facing New York’s Vinny Maddalone for the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Championships. Adamek originally from Zywiec, Poland now fights out of Jersey City, N.J. He is the number four ranked heavyweight in the world
Adamek (42-1, 27 KO’s) is heavily favored coming into this fight and riding an 11 fight win streak, but Maddalone (33-6, 24 KO’s) is an experienced fighter with heavy hands. Of course Maddalone will be looking for the major upset to move closer for a potential contention fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Maddalone is explosive and can also take a punch.
Every time Adamek fights at the Prudential Center he puts on a performance for his loyal fans. More of the same can be expected when these two veteran punchers square off. If Adamek gets ahead on points early, he may illustrate his showy side to stretch out the fight.
Dimitrenko and Sosnowski Bout Cancelled
The Heavyweight Division match between former world title challenger Albert Sosnowski of Poland and current European Boxing Union champion Alexander Dimitrenko was suddenly cancelled. The unexpected happened just before the fight was scheduled to start last weekend. It was at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany and the bout was cancelled just minutes before the 10 rounder was scheduled to begin.
Dimitrenko fainted in his dressing room and was taken from the arena to a hospital on a stretcher. In a prepared statement, promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl said, “I was there just after he collapsed in the dressing room; He lay motionless on the ground. There are signs of food poisoning because he was very cramped. He said repeatedly that he wants to fight, but we couldn’t let that happen.”
Ringside physician Dr. Christopher Goetz said, “He had a very low blood pressure and was hyperventilating. His hands were clenched tight. Even though his condition stabilized, there was no chance that he could step into the ring. It’s necessary that he now go to the hospital to find out the cause of this condition.”
The fight is planned to be re-scheduled when the heavily favored Dimitrenko gets a medical clearance from the EBU.
Zbik and Martinez Must Schedule
The camps of WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik were to initiate negotiations for the undisputed WBC middleweight title. It was announced if there is no agreement between the parties, the WBC will conduct a purse offer on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Mexico City.