An all-Polish heavyweight crossroads fight between longtime contender Tomasz Adamek and upstart Artur Szpilka is on.
The scheduled 10-round fight, which had been in talks since mid-July, will take place Nov. 8 at Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland, Main Events, Adamek's co-promoter, announced Tuesday.
Both fighters are coming off losses and hoping to turn things around.
The 37-year-old Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs), a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight titleholder and longtime heavyweight contender, who lost his only title shot by 10th-round knockout to Vitali Klitschko in 2011, is coming off a decision loss March 15 to Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov, who dished out a lot of punishment.
"It is good to be fighting in Poland," said Adamek, who lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. "This will be the biggest fight in Poland since my fight with Vitali Klitschko. I look forward to satisfying my Polish fans with a knockout of Szpilka."
Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs), 25, got knocked out in the 10th round by unbeaten Bryant Jennings in his last fight in January.
"I will surprise a lot of people with my style and really don't care about people seeing Adamek as a clear favorite," Szpilka said. "I learned a lot losing to Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden. There will be no distractions this time. I feel stronger and better than ever. Just watch me on Nov. 8. You will not believe your eyes."
The fight will be on Polsat pay-per-view in Poland. Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said she is working on American broadcast arrangements.
"This is a fantastic heavyweight fight that will be a great event for Poland," Duva said. "When Tomasz fought Andrew Golota and then Vitali Klitschko in Poland, it felt like all of Poland was watching. I'm sure that will be the case again on Nov. 8."