TOMASZ ADAMEK &
GIOVANNI LORENZO, EMANUEL
STEWARD, ALFREDO MARCHIO
FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE
Wednesday, Feb. 25,
The Prudential Center,
Newark , New Jersey
"SHOBOX: THE NEW
This Friday, Jan. 27;
SHOWTIME Telecast Begins at 11 p.m.
The always-exciting Tomasz Adamek will
defend his International Boxing Federation
(IBF) cruiserweight title against
undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main
event this Friday, Feb. 27, on ShoBox: The
New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT,
delayed on the west coast).
The aggressive-minded Adamek (36-1, 24
KOs), of Jersey City, N.J., by way of
Poland, will be making the first defense
of his IBF title against Detroit's Banks
(20-0, 14 KOs), the IBF's No. 8-ranked
contender who is managed by Hall of Famer
Emanuel Steward, at the Prudential Center
in Newark, N.J.
In the 12-round ShoBox co-feature,
Giovanni Lorenzo (26-1, 18 KOs), of New
York City via the Dominican Republic ,
will meet Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17
KO's) of Barranquilla , Colombia , in an
IBF middleweight elimination bout. The
winner could be next in line to challenge
champion Arthur Abraham.
The event is promoted by Main Events
and Ziggy Promotions, in association with
K2 Promotions. Tickets, priced from $38,
can be purchased at the arena box office
or by calling Ticketmaster (201) 507-8900.
The first live fight starts at 8:30 p.m.
What the fighters and camp members said
"I am thankful to everyone who came out
today and is supporting the fight.
"I am the world champion and the best
cruiserweight right now. After the fight
with Johnathon on Friday, I will still be
the champ and still be the best."
"I want to thank my staff, Main Events
and especially Tomasz for giving me this
opportunity to fight him.
"I don't take a fight I don't think I
can win. I can box, I have the ability
and I'm confident. He's a dangerous
fighter. We know that. I have the skills
EMANUEL STEWARD (Banks' manager)
"Adamek is a big star. He's created a
great buzz and I enjoy watching him fight.
It will be the Adamek show but come 11
p.m. (ET) it will become the Banks' show.
Banks will knock him out. I feel very
confident. No matter what happens it will
be a great fight. Both guys will be
fighting for recognition.
"Banks is the strong puncher but Adamek
has heart. It will be exciting"
"I am very well prepared mentally.
Better then I have been before. Each
fight you need to step up to a higher
level. On Friday you will see why they
call me a 'Chico Malo.' "
ALFREDO MARCHIO (Miranda's
"Dionisio has been training in Miami
before coming here. Coming from Colombia
where the average person earns between
$500-600 a month, this is an amazing
opportunity. He will show up and give it
his best for ShoBox.
"He is a contender, not just an
opponent. I expect fireworks. His
opponent is a top-10 contender. This is a
situation where it is contender versus
contender. We'll be ready to fight (IBF
middleweight champion Arthur) Abraham."