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The (NBC) Show Must Go On

Tomasz
Tomasz

By Steve Kim


This story was supposed to be about a fresh and rejuvenated Tomasz Adamek, who is/was scheduled to face Vyacheslav Glazkov on NBC this Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m., ET/11:30 a.m., PT) from the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York.
 
As I spoke to Adamek and his trainer, Roger Bloodworth on Tuesday afternoon, they talked at length about cutting back their work in training camp and how, at age 36, Adamek felt better than ever with the extra rest (of course, boxers have never admitted beforehand that they have ever had a bad camp leading into a fight or that they felt flat and listless).

But on Wednesday, this email was sent out to various members of the media: “Tomasz Adamek went to the doctor. He is not feeling well. He wants to wait until tomorrow to see if he feels better before making any decisions regarding Saturday’s fight. Will advise when I know more.”
 
So right now, it’s Glazkov versus Tom Bob Anderson (in other words, TBA). But this much is clear; Main Events and NBC are moving forward with this telecast. A press release entitled, “THE SHOW MUST GO ON,” read:
 
“This is live broadcast television,” said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. “We cannot simply postpone. When we learned earlier today that Tomasz had gone to the doctor, we immediately began to discuss contingency plans with our partners at NBC and our hosts at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.”

Adamek has asked for a day to decide if he will feel up to fighting on Saturday. In the meantime, feelers have been sent out to numerous possible substitutes.

Duva added, “If the worst happens, we will implement Plan B. Either way, we expect to make an announcement early tomorrow afternoon. The show must go on.

“The eight-round battle of unbeatens between Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan and Mike Brooks will take place, as scheduled. More details to follow.”
 
So there you have it. One way or the other, NBC will be televising a card this weekend. Adamek has literally till the weigh-in on Friday afternoon to decide if he can fight, according to Duva.
 
Main Events is in a tough spot. It’s never been easy to get a quality fill-in on just three days’ notice and the reality is these NBC dates are extremely valuable (it’s not like it’s a monthly series) and the network has cleared off two hours of air space. So there will be boxing on NBC one way or the other. 
 
The big question is: Will Adamek be involved?
 
SOE
 
Speaking of boxing being back on NBC, here’s my latest contribution to SportsOnEarth.com: 
 
 
TYSON
 
HBO announced that Mike Tyson will have co-hosting duties this weekend with Jim Lampley during the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez broadcast from Ontario, California on Saturday night. Not sure what “co-hosting” really means regarding “Iron Mike” but it will be interesting to find out.
 
“Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” premieres on HBO on Saturday (8 p.m.) followed by the newest episode of “24/7: Pacquiao/Rios,” which will precede “World Championship Boxing.”
 
TIX
 
Tickets for the HBO tripleheader on December 7th at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom - Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City finally go on sale today. Here’s the info (from a Top Rank press release):
 
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Caribe Promotions, SMS Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, tickets to the Rigondeaux vs. Agbeko world championship event go on sale Tomorrow!  Thursday, November 14, at Noon ET.  Priced at $200, $100. $50 and $25, plus applicable service charges, tickets can be purchased at Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.ticketmaster.com.  To charge by phone call 800-736-1420.  
 
WARM SO CAL FLURRIES
 
 
The November 26th edition of “Golden Boy Live” on Fox Sports 1 will feature heavyweights Dominic Breazeale-Nagy Aguilera and Odlanier Solis-Kevin Johnson...The year-end edition of “ShoBox” will feature a tripleheader with Chris Pearson, Mickey Bey and J’Leon Love...Yes, “The Next Round” can now be downloaded on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/maxboxing-live-next-round/id316004573?i=172390713&mt=2...RIP to former Raiders All-Pro tight end Todd Christensen, who passed away on Wednesday. Not only was he one of the most intelligent and well-read athletes, according to Rich Marotta (who called many of his games during his days on the Raiders broadcast crew), Christensen was a huge boxing fan. Marotta tells some great stories about this on his Twitter feed (@boxingrich)...

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