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Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek's fight against Kevin McBride has been rescheduled for April 9, promoters Main Events and Ziggy Promotions announced.
The fight, which Adamek intends as his final tune-up bout before he is slated to challenge either Wladimir Klitschko or Vitali Klitschko for a heavyweight championship in September in his native Poland, was originally scheduled for April 23.
The fight will still take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., where Adamek is a major draw, and will still headline an Integrated Sports pay-per-view card.
The change was made, according to Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, for two reasons. She said it was to move away from Easter weekend, which she said was a big problem for many of Adamek's religious fans.
The other reason was because April 9 no longer is occupied by an anticipated HBO PPV card headlined by lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez against Erik Morales.
That fight fell apart and Morales was instead matched with Marcos Maidana, which is still a notable fight, but it is not on the same level as it would have been had the main event featured Marquez against Morales.
"Like Tomasz Adamek, many of the Polish fans are deeply religious and the fact that the bout was scheduled for Easter Saturday was troubling to them," Duva said. "We heard the fans loud and clear and, when the opportunity to move to April 9 presented itself, we decided to move to a date that is more acceptable to our fans.
"We expect that the PPV audiences for the Adamek fight and the Eric Morales fight, which is now scheduled to appear on April 9, will consist of entirely different people. The beauty of PPV is that everyone can choose to watch whatever event they prefer. There are so many interesting fights scheduled this spring that it is very hard to match an optimum PPV date with a date that also works in a big, busy arena like Prudential Center."
Duva said she does not enjoy going up against another pay-per-view card, but it was more important to her to listen to the ticket-buying fans who would have a problem attending the show the night before Easter Sunday.
"Our primary source of revenue, of course, is gate receipts, and I don't think that Eric Morales is going to have any effect there," she said. "We'll lose a few PPV sales, no doubt, and we never want to go up against another PPV event if we don't have to, but when we weighed our limited choices we decided that this was the best way to go for Adamek."
Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) has to beat McBride to preserve the September title shot and at least one of the Klitschko brothers also must win interim fight they both have.
Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) is scheduled to make a mandatory defense against Odlanier Solis on March 19 in Cologne, Germany. Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) defends his belts against England's Dereck Chisora on April 30 in Mannheim, Germany.
If Adamek is victorious and the Klitschko brothers are as well, the selection of Adamek's opponent is up to them, although they have said it will be Wladimir -- unless titleholder David Haye agrees to fight him in the fall. In that case, Adamek would face Vitali.
McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs), a native or Ireland living in Brockton, Mass., is best known for knocking out Mike Tyson in June 2005 and sending him into retirement.
Dan Rafael covers boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter.
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