Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek, sick with a nasty flu bug, has pulled out of his Saturday showdown against Czar Glazkov, set to unfold on a Main Events card in Verona, NY, and on NBC TV.
The show must and will go on, however. Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (13-6-1; age 31; from Philly) volunteered to sub in, and fight Glazkov (15-0-1; age 29; from Ukraine). Wilson's best win came in 2011, when he beat Omar Sheika, avening a defeat one year before. It is presumed the stand-in will be in decent shape, he had a fight scheduled in three weeks. Matchmaker Jolene Mizzone put out the call far and wide for a replacement, and Wilson stepped up.
Here is the statement from Team Adamek:
STATEMENT FROM TOMASZ ADAMEK
For the first time in my career I have had to pull out of a bout. I apologize to all of my fans, but the stomach flu has hit me so hard that it is impossible to go through with Saturday’s bout.
I was hoping that against the odds I would recover sufficiently to compete. However, that has not happened. My doctor has told me that I should not fight and, very honestly, I feel awful. Therefore, I had to inform Main Events that I could not compete on Saturday.
Again, I apologize, but the circumstances are beyond my control.
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