If Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28, KOs) was the same size as Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 Kos) their heavyweight title fight on Sept. 10 in Wroclaw, Poland could have been one for the ages. But while Adamek showed his usual heart and courage, he was simply too small to compete with the 6-foot-8 Ukrainian WBC world champion. Klitschko finally ended the spirited, but one-sided affair in the 10h round when Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio called a halt to the bout at the 2:20 mark.
The 40-year old champion was in excellent shape for the fight and displayed a solid jab and accurate power punching. The 34-year-old Adamek was also ready to fight, but just couldn’t get in range to land many effective shots. He did land a few in the third and fourth rounds, but was consistently beaten to the punch for most of the fight. However, he did show that he had a good game plan in place by aiming half of his shots at Klitschko’s body, landing about 30 of them.
Adamek showed he has a great chin even though he was sent to the canvas in the sixth round and was wobbled on a couple of other occasions. Other than the Klitschko brothers, he could very well be the best heavyweight in the world right now. This is quite an achievement considering the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion has had to bulk up to compete in the heavyweight division.
There are several intriguing fights out there for the Pole, with one of them being against England’s David Haye. In fact, if Haye possessed Adamek’s heart and desire, he could have possibly upset Wladimir Klitschko back in July. Instead, Haye was criticized for his lack of determination in that fight and he lost a lopsided unanimous decision.
But boxing’s a funny old game. Even though Haye embarrassed himself in the ring after shooting off his mouth for months prior to the fight, there’s a good chance that Vitali will take him on next. While an Adamek vs Wladimir Klitschko fight could be interesting, it’s the general consensus that Adamek’s just too small for him.
After the bout the 216-lb. Adamek more or less admitted the same and said the 243-lb. Klitschko was just too big and strong, but he never gave up trying at any time during the fight. He added that the champion was smarter than he thought, but nothing he did really surprised him.
Klitschko is far from being a perfect boxer, but his sheer size and mental makeup make him one of the best heavyweights of all time. He does lack a few things in the skills department, but other than his brother, it’s hard to see a heavyweight on the horizon who could beat make him taste defeat again before he retires.