SAN DIEGO (August 16, 2012) – American boxing fans have a fascination with heavyweights and WealthTV, the latest destination for boxing's premier live events, is committed to bringing the best action to its growing list of subscribers.
WealthTV has secured the live US television rights for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) North American heavyweight fight with world title fight implications for the winner on September 8, pitting two-time, two division world champion battle Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) against hungry Travis “Freight Train” Walker (39-7-1, 31 KOs), presented by Main Events in association with Peltz Boxing and Ziggy Promotions, live from the luxurious Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Last month, WealthTV showcased rising star Tyson Fury's (19-0, 14 KOs) fifth-round technical knockout of veteran Vinny Maddalone, live from the United Kingdom.
Adamek, an extremely popular Polish fighter fighting out Jersey City (NJ), will be making his first title defense since capturing the IBF North American crown this past June with a 12-round decision over Eddie Chambers (36-3).
The 36-year-old Adamek is a former IBF cruiserweight and World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight world champion. Currently rated No. 4 by the IBF and No. 9 by the WBC, Adamek's most notable victims include Paul Briggs (twice), Thomas Ulrich, O'Neil Bell, Steve Cunningham, Jonathan Banks, and Chris Arreola, among the more notables. Adamek's only two losses as a professional have been to world champions Vitali Klitsckho and Chad Dawson.
Standing nearly 6'5″ Walker will have a three-inch height and seven-inch reach advantage against the more experienced Adamek. Walker is coming off a big win be technical knockout of leading Australian heavyweight Kali Meehan for the IBF Pan Pacific Championship last March in Meehan's backyard.
The hard-hitting Walker, who is from Tallahassee (FL) but resides in Houston (TX), was the 2003 National Golden Gloves winner in the amateur super heavyweight class. He is rated No. 12 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 13 by the IBF.
“This will be an exciting fight to watch,” predicted Charles Herring, president of WealthTV. “Adamek is rated No. 4 in the World and he has tremendous talent and speed. Walker is recognized as a legitimate US heavyweight, displaying fan-friendly action, good size and dangerous power. We're excited to feature this top-world rated match on WealthTV. The action continues with two other heavyweight brawls on this September 8th card that promises thunder.”
WealthTV, demonstrating it's commitment to becoming a powerhouse in world-class, live professional boxing, will be featuring this world-class heavyweight bout live for free to its viewers across the United States. “There's an extra level of excitement with heavyweight bouts and securing this strong event, headlined by Adamek vs. Walker, features two of the best heavyweights in the world,” noted Robert Herring, CEO of WealthTV. “This is exactly what we want to deliver to our viewers.”
“We're very happy to collaborate with WealthTV on our loaded heavyweight Sept. 8 show,” Main Events president Kathy Duva remarked. “WealthTV offers us a great opportunity to further expand our market in the United States for our fighters and brand. We think WealthTV's unique viewership offers an untapped market in boxing.”
Scheduled to provide chief support for the 12-round Adamek vs. Walker main events are a pair of world-class heavyweights from nearby Philadelphia, undefeated, United States Boxing Association heavyweight title-holder Bryant “By-By” Jennings (14-0, 6 KOs) and former two-time IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs), in separate 10-round fights.
The 27-year-old Jennings, now rated No. 8 by the IBF, has developed into one of the hottest heavyweights in the country. His last three victories were against opponents sporting a combined record of 63-5-2 – Steve Collins (DEC10) for the vacant USBA title, former world heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (RTD9), and Maurice Byarm DEC10 for the vacant USA Pennsylvania strap. Jennings faces Chris “Special K” Koval (25-9, 18 KOs), fighting out of Youngstown, Ohio.
Cunningham was a highly-decorated US amateur boxer who recently signed an exclusive promotional contract with Main Events. For his Sept. 8th Main Events debut he has moved up one weight class to heavyweight for the first time, taking on Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (21-10-4, 10 KOs). Cunningham has defeated the likes of world champions Guillermo Jones, Wayne Braithwaite, Marco Huck, Kelvin Davis and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
WealthTV currently has a dozen additional professional bouts in the works for its subscribers, including the recently announced GYM “Fast & Furious” series in Canada and Hennessy Sports' “Next Generation” series from the United Kingdom.
WealthTV will begin airing undercard bouts live at 3 pm ET on Saturday, Sept. 8 from the Prudential Center. The live telecast is available nationally on Verizon FiOS TV, channels 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV, channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with more than 100 cable systems across the country.