Tomasz Adamek Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on August 31, 2011
Tomasz Adamek Meets the Press
“He will not get a fighter standing in front of him, waiting for execution and payday.”

No one ever questioned Adamek’s heart. He’s always been tough and he’ll be tough when he fights Klitschko. But will tough be enough…

Tomasz Adamek has his work cut out for him on Sept. 10. Although the Polish-born Adamek is fighting in his home country at Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, the delirious crowd supporting their countryman won’t change the fact that he’s going up against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.

Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), his promoter Kathy Duva, and trainer Roger Bloodworth participated in a telephone conference call Wednesday to discuss Adamek’s upcoming title fight with Dr. Ironfist (42-2, 39 KOs).

“I never thought I would fight for a world championship in front of my people,” said former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion Adamek. “The whole country believes in me. It’s very important to me. I know they say I am not the favorite, but in Poland I will have millions cheering for me.””

That the fight is in Poland, and not in Las Vegas or Berlin, is attracting almost as much attention as the fight itself. Duva telephoned from Eastern Europe and admitted to being thrilled by what she has seen.

“I am already in Wroclaw,” she said. “They are putting the finishing touches on the inside of the stadium. Everything is just about ready to go. It is very exciting here. Anyone who fights Klitschko is considered an underdog. If you talk to any of the cab drivers in Poland they believe Tomasz is the favorite. I think it’s wonderful to be the underdog. Tomasz is kind of back to where he was when he fought Cunningham. He doesn’t have the pressure. The champ does. Everyone in Poland is picking Tomasz to win.”

Just because Adamek was the underdog when he beat Steve Cunningham in 2008, doesn’t necessarily mean that history will repeat itself against Klitschko. There’s the size difference to consider, the 6’7½” Klitschko towers over the 6’½” Adamek, and a corresponding disparity in weight.

Not only that, the heavyweights Adamek has beaten since moving up in weight—Andrew Golota in 2009, Jason Estrada, Chris Arreola, Michael Grant and Vinnie Maddalone in 2010, and Kevin McBride last April—may have been inadequate preparation for the hard-hitting behemoth from Kiev.

Adamek’s trainer was asked about his game plan for dealing with the seasoned heavyweight champ.

“It’s not a good idea to give up your game plan before a fight,” said Bloodworth. “This is not the time to talk about it and I also don’t want to talk about Tomek’s advantages over Vitali. Adamek is faster but he will have to be very aware to not be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s not going to fight Klitschko thinking to win by decision. Nobody does that. After the first couple of rounds we will know what’s going on and choose the best scenario for us. We don’t have just one game plan. It all depends on what Vitali brings to the ring. We’ll know after the first two rounds. We’re prepared no matter what.”

Bloodworth wasn’t about to show his hand, and who can blame him, but a little teasing seemed to in order.

“I’ll tell you what we plan NOT to do,” he said, “and that’s block his right hand with Tomasz’s head!”

Adamek was more forthcoming than his trainer: “We worked on my speed, speed is power. I’m looking every place I can to hit him. My heart is good. My spirit is good. Size is not so important in the ring. Heart is important.”

No one ever questioned Adamek’s heart. He’s always been tough and he’ll be tough when he fights Klitschko. But will tough be enough?

“I believe you have to have the right frame of mind to get in the ring,” Adamek said. “I know how to beat Vitali. I know that he will be expecting somebody who will be intimidated, even scared, but this will not be the case for me. I will use any chance I get to hit Vitali. I’m not afraid to fight big guys. Their size makes no difference to me. He will not get a fighter standing in front of him, waiting for execution and payday. He will get somebody with no fear and the will and skills to win. This will be deciding factor.”

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  1. Joe 03:30am, 09/01/2011

    Goral is a professional and he’s going to come in and give it 100 percent - no doubt about that.  Personally, I wish he’d gotten his shot against Wlad, in my mind Vitali is the real champ.  I think his warm-up fights have proven he’s got the boxing skills to fight with the big boys, I hope he’s got a three-punch combination from somewhere that can really “hurt” Vitali, otherwise it’s going to be a long night and a pumpkin head as a result.  Best of luck to Adamek. The division needs him to shake things up for us.

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