Broadcast From Mohegan On Sunday, August 3rd.
Tomasz Adamek and Main Events have put together a beautiful marriage which was blessed in December of 2008 with the initial boxing show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Kathy Duva, President of Main Events, brought boxing to Newark and Tomasz Adamek showed the boxing world that blood and guts always sells well in boxing.
Duva, the unquestioned first woman of boxing, needed a new star to help her company compete in the ever decreasing world of boxing promoters which has become increasingly monopolized by Bob Arum and “Golden Boy” Oscar DeLaHoya. There are many other smaller promoters throughout the country, and in the metropolitan area there are a few solid local promoters who stage shows at smaller, cost effective venues, but the bigger arena shows telecasted on HBO and Showtime seem to be promoted by Arum and DeLaHoya.
In photo above: From left to right: Trainer Roger Bloodworth, Tomasz Adamek, Kathy Duva, and Manager Ziggy Rozalski greet the media recently at the Wisla Club in Garfield to announce the Aug. 3rd “Three To See” Boxing Card to be broadcasted on NBC Sports Net from Mohegan Sun. Photo by James Dombrowski
Duva got a good deal from the Prudential Center in Newark, home of the New Jersey Devils, and with the creation of the NBC Sports Network, she signed an exclusive boxing deal to promote boxing on free television. Even though NBC Sports Net is a cable station owned by parent company NBC, cable television is seen as free today in a world were non-cable is almost nonexistent. The NBC Sports Net deal also includes boxing on the NBC Network.
Adamek has become the first star of the boxing series broadcast on NBC Sports Net which is home to NHL Hockey. Hockey is king on Sports Net but boxing has taken a strong place in programming and Duva has delivered excellent cards to keep the audience tuned in while developing ratings.
On August 3rd, NBC Sports Net hits its second casino having broadcasted on Dec. 22 from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, showcasing Adamek Channel 4 with replays on Sports Net. According to Kathy Duva, the audience is increasing and the Network is very happy with Main Events. Duva has worked with smaller promoters to put together solid boxing cards for free television.
On August 3rd at Mohegan Sun, Adamek (48-2) will meet Dominick Guinn (34-9), who is stepping in on two weeks notice as Tony Grano had to withdraw with a herniated disc. This could become a defining moment in Adamek’s career. His style is reminiscent of Arturo Gatti, who was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame as a boxer with a granite jaw and the heart of a lion. Gatti’s career was a highlight film of never quitting and many of his epic Atlantic City brawls have become legendary.
Adamek who owns titles in two weight categories – Cruiserweight and Heavyweight – has alarge fan following and a style made for television. He never quits and you are guaranteed a good fight.
The Mohegan Sun Arena should be rocking with a sellout crowd on Aug. 3. The undercard features Eddie Chambers vs. Thabisco Mchuno, and Curtis Stevens vs. Saul Roman.
By James Dombrowski