July 31, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Wladimir Klitschko's defence of his WBO heavyweight title against Charles Shufford is listed as the main event of Top Rank's "Summer Storm" card at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Events Centre this Saturday night in Las Vegas. However, most knowledgeable fans see the real main event on the card as the support bout between world champions Clarence “Bones” Adams and Paulie Ayala.
"It feels great to be in such a big event. It would feel better if I was in the main event instead of Klitschko. But it still feels good," said Bones Adams, who can't understand why a clash between two world champions in their prime isn't the main event on the card.
"I don't understand why HBO is making Klitschko and Shufford the main event. Every boxing writer that I talk to says the same thing."
Although he has been stripped of his super-bantamweight title by the WBA for delaying his mandatory defence, Adams will enter the fight as a champion and feels that he is in peak condition for the toughest fight of his career.
"I'm ready. I just got to Vegas last night and I'm ready to go. Mentally and physically ready to go," said Adams.
WBA bantamweight champion Paulie Ayala, 32-1 (12), is moving up to 122 pounds for the fight with Bones Adams, 41-3-3 (19), which will be over 12 rounds for the IBO super-bantamweight title.
In their last bouts prior to this contest, 26-year-old Adams defeated Ivan Alvarez on March 23 while 30-year-old Ayala defeated Hugo Dianzo on March 30 with both fights shown on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights over consecutive weeks.
Both fighters and Top Rank, who promotes them, are to be congratulated for agreeing to make a fight which is so even on paper and one that so many people see as a pick'em.
When Adams was asked what the fans could expect on Saturday night he said, "The Bones Adams that fought Nestor Garza, that real kind of excitement. You see that when I have good competition."