Adamek used his speed to his advantage tonight to decision Grant (Photo by Augustine Dashiell, Plainfield Sports News).
Adamek Picks Up Fourth Win as a Heavyweight
Newark, N.J. (Saturday, August 21, 2010) – Converted heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) won his fourth straight fight since moving up to his current weight division, using his speed to take a convincing unanimous decision victory over Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) tonight at Prudential Center. Despite facing a deficit of six inches in height and 44 pounds in weight, Adamek was able to overcome the Big Challenge he faced, much to the pleasure of a rambunctious crowd of 10,972 fans who came into Newark to watch the Polish heavyweight.
“Michael Grant was very well prepared for this fight, but if he hit me, he hit me with only one punch. There was no combinations,” Adamek said through an interpreter after the bout. “I am very pleased with my performance, and, in my mind, I won all 12 rounds.”
Adamek stayed on the move throughout the entire 12 rounds, choosing his spots to fire off some combinations on his opponent. The size differential appeared massive from ringside, but Grant seemed to be more slowed by Adamek’s speed than Adamek did of Grant’s power. The Polish heavyweight did a pretty good job of closing any openings before his opposition could capitalize, but Adamek did finish the night with a pretty nasty cut on his right eye and another mouse on his left. Grant gave his most inspiring effort in the middle of the 12th frame when he absolutely swarmed on Adamek, but he appeared to run out of gas and could not follow up the attack. When all was said and done, the judges’ score cards read 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111.
“I felt like going another three more rounds. I wish it was a 15-round fight so I could get him,” Grant stated at the post-fight press conference. “I knew I was wearing him down. I was just looking in his eyes across the corner. He had a melancholy-type look on his face. I’m looking at him like ‘I’m coming, brother. I’m coming.’ But he sustained, and he endured. I take my hat off to him because he’s a tough guy, but you have not seen the last of me. I will definitely fight for the title.”
Both boxers went into this evening with a pretty good idea of what each would have to overcome to be victorious, with speed and quickness being key tools for Adamek while strength and power were the best attributes for Grant. Both used those components to the best of their abilities, looking to find any creases in the game plan of the opposition.
“You can only fight as well as your opponent lets you,” Adamek remarked, once again through his interpreter. “Michael was pushing me down. I was looking for the space, looking for the space to put some punches together. And this is where sometimes, maybe a fight doesn’t look as good as you guys (media) want it to be, but I tried my best to find any space possible to put my punches together and hurt him.”
The chants and support for Adamek were nearly deafening by the swarm of fans who packed into Prudential Center, creating an absolutely electric atmosphere. A large contingency of Polish boxing fans live in neighboring Jersey City, where Adamek calls his American home, and he undoubtedly feeds off the energy that is brought by that community. In all five of his bouts at Prudential Center, Adamek has emerged victorious.
In terms of the Adamek-Grant pairing, many on the boxing scene thought the winner of this fight would next face one of the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, who currently own the majority of the world heavyweight belts. Grant was thought to be a perfect opponent to prepare Adamek for a title fight with one of the Klitschkos, who possess similar frames and an identical size differential. However, it appears that Adamek will next step into the ring in November, which is likely too short of a time span to pull off a major heavyweight championship fight.