Estrada was shocked by the judges' scorecards (Photo credited to Wirtualna Polska).
Adamek Defends IBF International Championship in Second Fight in Weight Class
Newark, N.J. (Saturday, February 6, 2010) – An energetic crowd showed up to Prudential Center in Newark tonight for a loaded boxing card that featured Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (40-1) defending the IBF International Championship against former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada in the main event, and those fans did not leave unsatisfied. In what was a hard-fought battle, Adamek made a successful defense of his belt by taking a unanimous decision over Estrada, also giving the converted heavyweight his second consecutive victory since bumping up in weight class.
“I have no doubt that this was the best Jason Estrada has fought in his life,” Adamek said through a translator after the fight. “I watched all his fights, and, by far, he was the best prepared I saw him ever.”
While Estrada would agree with Adamek that he fought a great fight, he did not agree with the judges’ scorecards, who gave the decision to Adamek with tallies of 115-113, 116-112 and 118-110.
“I don’t care if you say I’m being spoiled, but I am going to blame the judges,” an irate Estrada said in a post-fight interview with the press. “Did you see the scores? Those scores were ridiculous!”
Estrada dropped to 16-3 as a professional fighter as a result of the loss.
“I’m not taking nothing from him. He’s a very smart fighter,” Estrada continued. “If I get beat, I get beat. Sooner or later, if you don’t retire, you’re going to get beat. That’s what happens to everybody. If you don’t retire, you don’t die. And I’m not doing either one anytime soon.”
Sparks flew from the opening bell in this fight, and the Polish-dominated Prudential Center was absolutely rocking for the main event. While Estrada came out a bit wild in the opening round, he undoubtedly came out swinging. The Rhode Island native held his ground in the center of the ring for the majority of the fight, with a really fit Adamek staying on the move and slipping some heavy-loaded fists from his opponent.
Adamek took the tactical advantage throughout the fight, landing multiple combos at opportune times, but much credit had to be given to Estrada for at no time backing down from the advances of Adamek. Although he was holding down a 237-pound frame, 17 pounds heavier than Adamek, Estrada moved around the ring really well and did not appear to get gassed during the fight. At no time in this fight did either boxer appear hurt, but it was pretty clear throughout the night that Adamek had fought the better fight when it came time to read the judges’ scorecards.
Next up for Adamek is a likely meeting with Cristobal Arreola on April 24th, but Adamek did take a minute after the fight to address long-term plans that he hopes to achieve in the near future.
“I think if I am able to win my next fight, it will be proof that I’m ready to fight (IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir) Klitschko,” he remarked. “I’m 33, and I think I’m in my prime. So there’s no time to waste.”
In other action tonight, newcomer Sadam Ali (5-0) took a convincing four-round decision over Jason Thompson (5-5-1) in a junior welterweight pairing. Ali, a former U.S. Olympian, showed excellent hand and footwork in the fight and almost put Thompson away in the latter portion of the final round. The Brooklyn native looked fantastic throughout the 12-minute display and proved his star has only begun to shine.
Brooklyn native Peter Qullin ran his record to 21-0 tonight, taking a unanimous decision over Fernando Zuniga (28-10) of Ecuador in a rather uneventful 10-round super middleweight bout. Polish native Przemyslaw Majewski also improved to 12-0 with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Pietrantonio (6-4), while Morganville, New Jersey, resident Denis Douglin (7-0) defeated Eddie Hunter (3-2-1) of Seattle by a unanimous decision. The evening opened with a unanimous decision win for Patrick Farrell (5-0) of Jersey City over Bronx native Jon Schneider (7-5-1), and the only knockout of the night came from Ukraine’s Ismayl Sillakh (10-0) over Larry Pryor (6-6) of Houston.