Adamek looks to win a world title in a third weight class on September 10th (Photo by Mike Gladysz, Team Adamek).
Polish Heavyweight Heads to Europe for WBC Championship Bout
As the page turns to September, an exciting month of boxing fills the calendar of every fight fan who follows the sport. While the return of Floyd Mayweather after a 16-month layoff against WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz on September 17th ranks high on the list of anticipation, no bout appears more intriguing than a WBC Heavyweight Title Fight between champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) and challenger Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) on September 10th at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland.
"The whole country believes in me,” said Adamek, who was born in Żywiec, Poland, on a conference call with the media on Wednesday. “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."
While the 40,000 expected in attendance for this contest is a completely different scenario, large crowds of screaming Polish boxing fans are nothing new to the IBF International and NABO Heavyweight Champion, who calls Jersey City his current home. Adamek often competes at Prudential Center in neighboring Newark, New Jersey, where upwards of 15,000 spectators turn out for his fights. Kathy Duva, who is the CEO of Adamek co-promoter Main Events, addressed the importance he places upon representing both nations.
“Tomasz will be carrying two flags into the ring: the Polish flag and the U.S. flag, his first and second home,” she confirmed. “He will be carrying the weight of both countries on his shoulders."
Roger Bloodworth, who is Adamek’s trainer, also spoke about his fighter returning to his native homeland.
"Tomasz is very disciplined. Fighting in Poland will not distract him,” he remarked. “He has fought in Poland before. This time, the crowd of course will be larger, but that won't make a difference."
And when questioned about how Adamek would counter the stiff jab of Klitschko, Bloodworth countered with a response of his own.
"I'll tell you what we plan not to do, and that's block his right hand with Tomasz's head!" he laughed.
As the media continued to drill his team on how they would handle the massive frame of Klitschko, who stands six-foot-eight, the 6-2 Adamek said his speed and another certain characteristic will give him an advantage.
"Every training camp, I get a little better, and I learn a little more. Roger is a good teacher,” he commented. “This training camp was very good. We trained 10 weeks. First two weeks, we did conditioning, and then we went to Pennsylvania for boxing. 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."
While it may never be openly admitted, many fighters enter the ring opposite Klitschko with a certain sense of fear, but Adamek squashed any thoughts of that happening to him.
“I believe you have to have the right frame of mind to get in the ring,” he stated. “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. 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 on September 10.”
Fans interested in ordering this championship bout should check with their local cable or satellite provider, as the card will be available via Pay-Per-View.