Adamek Derails Freight Train

By Teron Briggs on September 8, 2012
Adamek Derails Freight Train
Walker shocked the crowd when he landed a right on Adamek’s jaw. (The Star-Ledger)

In front of a disappointingly small but very vocal crowd, local favorite Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 28 KOs), derailed Travis “Freight Train” Walker (39-8-1, 31 KOs) in a five-round slugfest.

Adamek, no stranger to ring wars, thrilled the fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ when he picked himself off the canvas from a knockdown in the second round to later stop his more-than-game challenger.

Walker, a big puncher with a shaky chin, shocked the partisan Polish crowd (Adamek is from Zywiec, Poland) when he landed a flush right on Adamek’s jaw sending the heavy favorite to the canvas like a bean bag. Walker, sensing his opponent was in bad shape, immediately sprang into action by landing some vicious right hands and body shots as he attempted to close the show. But Adamek, who was clearly hurt, pulled a Hulk Hogan and somehow regained his composure in the face of adversity and dropped Walker with a short right hand with seconds left in the round. The action got so heated that referee Eddie Cotton didn’t hear the sound of the bell and allowed the fighters to tee off on each other for an additional 10 to 15 seconds.

Walker continued to throw hard punches in the third and fourth rounds, but his shots weren’t nearly as crisp as they were in the second, while Adamek regained his rhythm as he started to land a varied assortment of power shots.

By the fifth round it became clear that Walker couldn’t continue to take this kind of punishment much longer.  After Adamek began to pummel his defenseless foe in the corner Cotton stepped in to stop the fight at the1:08 mark, sending the Polish fans, clad in their country’s colors of white and red, into a frenzy.

Former cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham (25-10, 18 KOs) made his debut at heavyweight by out-boxing and out-fighting shopworn Jason Gavern (21-11-4, 10 KOs) over 12 rounds to win a unanimous decision. Neither fighter went down, but Gavern did appear to be hurt several times from shots to both the head and body. Two judges didn’t give Gavern a round and the third threw him bone by giving him one stanza.

In the biggest mismatch of the afternoon, 35 seconds into the round one rising undefeated heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (15-0, 6 KOs) knocked out the hapless Chris Koval (25-10, 18 KOs). Koval a loser of seven of his last nine fights, five by knockout, seemed to hit the deck before he even took off his robe. The referee called a halt to the contest after the second knockdown.

In the opening bout on the Wealth TV televised card, Jerry Belmontes (17-0, 5 KOs) notched the seventeenth win of his career earning a decision victory against Joselito Collado (13-1, 3 KOs) in a decent scrap.

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Tomasz Adamek vs Travis Walker 2 round KO 08.09.2012 New Jersey, USA

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  1. Mike Casey 05:27am, 09/10/2012

    Right up there with Czechs bouncing!

  2. the thresher 06:43am, 09/09/2012

    Adamek and Charr—two opposite ends of the Pole.

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