On Saturday, September 10, Vitali Klitschko defends his WBC heavyweight championship belt against Tomasz Adamek at the Stadion Miejski in Wrocklaw, Poland. It is the elder Klitschko brother's first fight since younger sibling Wladimir won a unanimous decision over the upstart David Haye last July 2, in Hamburg, Germany.
This will be a classic good big man versus good smaller man matchup. The 6' 7.5" Klitschko, 42-2 (39), is a full half foot taller than Adamek, who at 44-1 (28) is a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion. Adamek has fought only six times at heavyweight.
Casual fans turned off by the fairly lackluster affair between Wladimir and Haye earlier this summer should reserve their judgment on big brother Vitali. The elder Klitschko has always been a far more aggressive fighter than his kid brother.
For his own part, Adamek is a more polished all around fighter than Haye. He's also more likely to engage his opponent in close than the brash-talking, but flop-prone, Brit ultimately proved to be. The Ring's Germany correspondent, Phil Woolever, has reported that this fight has generated more interest in Europe than the previous fight; 45,000 fans are expected to pack into Stadion Miejski to cheer for their countryman Adamek.
HBO starts broadcasting the fight live on Saturday afternoon at 4:45 Eastern Standard Time. They will be rebroadcasting again at 10:30 p.m. In England, Sky Sports 3 will run the fight live starting at 8 p.m.
I will be blogging live throughout the fight here, with round by round updates. This one might not go down as one for the ages, but it could be exciting, maybe even historic. At any rate, it's been a long time since two high profile heavyweight fights were broadcast in the United States within three months time.