There is no guarantee that Tomasz Adamek will emerge victorious against James Walker tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., but for a minute let’s assume that Tomek lives up to the early billing and takes care of business against the younger, heavier Walker.
Some, most definitely including the members of Team Adamek, will point to a victory over Walker as proof that Tomek is worthy of a rematch against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
The 6'7", 250-pound Klitschko didn’t just dominate Adamek when they met in Poland last September; he completely exposed Adamek as someone incapable of making things interesting against either Klitschko brother—and certainly not a challenger for the championship.
After that bout, Klitschko said the following to reporters (via ESPN):
[Adamek] is a very good boxer. He was a cruiserweight champion, he was a light heavyweight champion, but he's not good enough to be a heavyweight champion, because it's a whole other league.
Klitschko’s trainer, Fritz Sdunek, told reporters last September that the champion only had a few more fights left in his career.
Walker isn’t on the same level as Klitschko, so why would a win against an inferior opponent make Klitschko interested in a rematch with someone who, for all intents and purposes, didn’t belong in the same ring as him?
Should he emerge victorious over Walker, Adamek should be looking at smaller heavyweights like Russia's Alexander Povetkin or England's David Haye, guys that he can compete against and matchups that would make for some excellent and entertaining boxing.
If he can beat one or both of those fighters, especially Haye, who has been talked about as a potential opponent for Vitali Klitschko, then a rematch could be in order.
But he’s clearly not on the same level as the champion, and nobody wants to watch Tomasz Adamek serve as someone’s punching bag for 10 rounds.