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Tomasz Adamek Bypasses David Haye, Gets Deal Done With the Klitschko Brothers

Blood and guts warrior Adamek ready to take on the big boys
Blood and guts warrior Adamek ready to take on the big boysJonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Johnny WalkerCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2011

Adamek's people had no problem at all making a deal with K2
Adamek's people had no problem at all making a deal with K2Ian Walton/Getty Images

It is being widely reported that top Polish heavyweight challenger Tomasz Adamek has signed a lucrative deal to face either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko this September in Poland.

"I signed for the most important fight of my life and one of the most important in the history of Polish boxing," Adamek told ringpolska.pl.

In contrast to the on-again, off-again negotiations between the champion Klitschkos of the Ukraine and the UK's David Haye over the past couple of years, this deal came together quickly.

"It took us less than three weeks to get this done," Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who represents Adamek, told ESPN.com.

"Everybody had the same objectiveto make the biggest, best event we can and everybody make the most money we can. We're very excited," said Duva.

As for the supposed difficulty of negotiating with the Klitschkos' promotional arm, K2, Duva said, in what seems a thinly-veiled reference to Haye and his manager/trainer Adam Booth, "I didn't have any of the problems other people talk about ... I didn't have any problem with them at all. And I had a fighter who said, 'This is what I want, please go out and get it.'"

Which Klitschko brother Adamek fights will depend on the results of their upcoming matches with Dereck Chisora (Wlad) and Odlanier Solis (Vitali).

If both brothers are victorious, K2 will decide who faces Adamek.

In the highly unlikely event that both lose, the Adamek fight would be off.

Adamek will take an interim April fight in Katowice, Poland, as planned, but it won't be against the still dangerous Samuel Peter, who had been in the running but who is no one's idea of a "tune-up" type opponent. 

As for US television coverage of Adamek-Klitschko, K2 rep Bernd Boente told ESPN.com that he prefers the bout to be on Showtime, due to the rocky relationship between the Klitschkos and HBO over the past couple of years.

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