Tomasz Adamek

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Tomasz Adamek
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Tomasz Adamek posing with his belt.
Statistics
Real name Tomasz Adamek
Nickname(s) "Góral" (Eng. "Mountain Boy")
"Tomek"
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1.5 in)
Reach 1.91 m (75 in)
Nationality Poland Polish
Born (1976-12-01) 1 December 1976 (age 37)
Żywiec, Poland
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 49
Wins by KO 29
Losses 3
Draws 0
No contests 0

Tomasz Adamek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈtɔmaʂ aˈdamɛk]; born 1 December 1976) is a Polish professional heavyweight boxer. He is a former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion and former IBF, IBO & The Ring Cruiserweight Champion, and IBF North American Heavyweight champion. Adamek is the first Polish winner of the "Muhammad Ali Giant Athlete Award" and The Ring's Championship Belt.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Adamek was born in Żywiec, Poland. He began boxing at age 12 in boxing club Góral Żywiec with his trainers Stefan Gawron and Stanisław Orlicki.

Amateur highlights[edit]

Adamek amateur boxing record is 120 fights, 112 wins and 8 losses

Professional career[edit]

Adamek made his professional boxing debut on 13 March 1999 in Manchester, England against Israel Khumalo. He won by TKO in the first round.

Light Heavyweight[edit]

Light Heavyweight Champion[edit]

Adamek won the vacant WBC Light Heavyweight title defeating Paul "Firepower" Briggs by majority decision on 21 May 2005. The fight was described by some as one of the most brutal in recent memory, as Briggs suffered a large cut above his left eye early in the fight and Adamek bled profusely from his nose for much of the fight as well. Adamek tended to be the aggressor and won the fight.

On 15 October 2005, he defended his title against German boxer Thomas Ulrich by knockout in Round 6.

He then defended his title in a rematch with Paul Briggs in 2006, again winning by majority decision. After the fight Jim Lampley said that Adamek vs Briggs I and II was the best combined 24 rounds he has ever seen.

Adamek vs Dawson[edit]

Undefeated Adamek with 31-0 (21 KO) lost his first fight by unanimous decision to "Bad" Chad Dawson on 3 February 2007. During that fight, Adamek was knocked down in the seventh round; this was only the second time in his career he has been knocked down (upon slow-motion replay, Adamek was shown to have tripped on Dawson's foot after the body shot). Adamek, well behind on points, provided some drama by suddenly dropping Dawson in the 10th round but Dawson fended off the onslaught that followed, and won a clear-cut points decision. Immediately following the loss to Dawson, Adamek decided to move up in the cruiserweight division.

Cruiserweight[edit]

After losing to Dawson, Adamek moved up to cruiserweight to beat Luis Andres Pineda by technical knockout in round seven. He defeated Josip Jalusic on 29 December 2007 in Germany.

Adamek vs. Bell[edit]

On April 19, 2008 in Poland, Adamek fought former undisputed cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell in an IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator. Adamek floored Bell in round one and had good success by outboxing Bell. Bell opted not to come out for round eight, citing that he felt dizzy and ill.

Winning the cruiserweight title[edit]

In December 2008 he fought the then reigning champion Steve Cunningham at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Knocking a game Cunningham down three times, he won the IBF & vacant Ring Magazine Cruiserweight titles in a bout many thought was the fight of the year.

Adamek successfully defended his title against Johnathon Banks on 27 February 2009, at the Prudential Center in Newark. He won with a brutal TKO in the 8th Round. He then went on to defeat Bobby Gunn before a large crowd at the Prudential Center on July 11, 2009, with the referee stopping the bout at the ring physician's advice between rounds four and five.

He vacated the IBF title on October 18, 2009, choosing to move up to the heavyweight division.[1]

Heavyweight[edit]

On October 24, 2009 in Łódź, Poland, Adamek defeated Andrew Golota by TKO in the fifth round to win the IBF "International" Heavyweight Title. Then, on February 7, 2010 in Newark's Prudential Center he defeated Jason Estrada by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

Adamek (40-1; 27 KO) then took on fellow heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (28-1; 25 KO) on April 24, 2010, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California California. The bout was televised as part of Boxing After Dark. The Polish fighter won a twelve-round majority decision, with the scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 117-111. A day before the bout, Arreola weighed 250½ pounds, while Adamek was 217.

Klitschko and Adamek, during signing for the fight in 2011

Adamek defeated veteran American Michael Grant by unanimous decision on August 21, 2010.[2] In his first fight of 2011, Adamek defeated Irishman Kevin McBride by a wide unanimous decision.

On September 10, 2011 Adamek faced the WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Poland, losing by TKO in the 10th round. The referee stopped the bout after Adamek received punishing blows and was ruled out, as he was no longer able to defend himself.

Adamek returned on March 24, 2012 after signing a contract with Main Events. Adamek defeated by unanimous decision "Dominican Dynamite" Nagy Aguilera.

He next fought on the date of June 16, 2012 against Eddie Chambers in Prudential Center and won by unanimous decision.

Adamek defeated Travis Walker on September 8, 2012 via fifth round technical knockout at 1:51 due to a stopage by the referee.

Adamek defeated Steve Cunningham in a very close and somewhat controversial split decision on December 22, 2012. Initially, the result was a draw, but after noticing a mathematical miscalculation in the judges scorecards, Adamek was declared the winner.

On March 15, 2014 Adamek was defeated by Vyacheslav Glazkov and lost his IBF North America Heavyweight title by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

Professional boxing record[edit]

49 Wins (29 knockouts), 3 Losses, 0 Draws[3]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Poland Artur Szpilka N/A - (12) 11/08/2014 Poland Kraków Arena, Kraków, Poland
Loss 49–3 Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov UD 12 03/15/2014 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States Lost IBF North America Heavyweight title.
Win 49–2 United States Dominick Guinn UD 10 03/08/2013 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 48–2 United States Steve Cunningham SD 12 22/12/2012 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States Retained IBF North America Heavyweight title.
Win 47–2 United States Travis Walker TKO 5 (12) 08/09/2012 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF North America Heavyweight title.
IBF eliminator for #2-spot.
Win 46–2 United States Eddie Chambers UD 12 16/06/2012 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Won vacant IBF North America Heavyweight title.
Win 45–2 Dominican Republic Nagy Aguilera UD 10 24/03/2012 United States Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Loss 44–2 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 10 (12) 10/09/2011 Poland Municipal Stadium, Wrocław, Poland For WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 44–1 Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride UD 12 09/04/2011 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF International & WBO NABO & Heavyweight titles.
Win 43–1 United States Vincent Maddalone TKO 5 (12) 09/12/2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF International & WBO NABO & Heavyweight titles.
Win 42–1 United States Michael Grant UD 12 21/08/2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF International & WBO NABO & Heavyweight titles.
Win 41–1 United States Chris Arreola MD 12 24/04/2010 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, United States Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Won vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title.
Win 40–1 United States Jason Estrada UD 12 06/02/2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Win 39–1 Poland Andrew Golota TKO 5 (12) 24/10/2009 Poland Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland Won vacant IBF International Heavyweight title.
Win 38–1 United States Bobby Gunn RTD 4 (12) 11/07/2009 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF & The Ring Cruiserweight titles.
Win 37–1 United States Johnathon Banks TKO 8 (12) 27/02/2009 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF & The Ring Cruiserweight titles.
Win 36–1 United States Steve Cunningham SD 12 11/12/2008 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States Won IBF & vacant The Ring Cruiserweight titles.
Win 35–1 United States Gary Gomez RTD 7 (10) 11/07/2008 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 34–1 Jamaica O'Neil Bell TKO 8 (12) 19/04/2008 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland IBF Cruiserweight Title Eliminator.
Win 33–1 Croatia Josip Jalusic UD 8 29/12/2007 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 32–1 Panama Luis Andres Pineda TKO 7 (12) 09/06/2007 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland Won vacant IBO Cruiserweight title.
Loss 31–1 United States Chad Dawson UD 12 03/02/2007 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, United States Lost WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 31–0 Australia Paul Briggs MD 12 07/10/2006 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 30–0 Germany Thomas Ulrich KO 6 (12) 15/10/2005 Germany Mehrzweckhalle Sued, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 29–0 Australia Paul Briggs MD 12 25/05/2005 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States Won vacant WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 28–0 Belgium Ismail Abdoul UD 8 10/09/2004 Poland Blue City, Warsaw, Poland
Win 27–0 Russia Dzhabrail Dzhabrailov KO 5 (12) 17/04/2004 Finland Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Win 26–0 France Olivier Beard TKO 3 (10) 20/12/2003 Poland BBTS Wlokniarz Hall, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Win 25–0 United States Ed Dalton KO 2 (12) 04/10/2003 Finland Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Win 24–0 Brazil Roberto Coelho UD 8 30/08/2003 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern, Germany
Win 23–0 Hungary Zoltan Beres UD 6 06/04/2003 Spain Benidorm, Valencian Community, Spain
Win 22–0 Estonia Andrei Karsten TKO 2 (6) 15/02/2003 Finland Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland
Win 21–0 Armenia Varuzhan Davtyan RTD 4 (6) 14/12/2002 United Kingdom Telewest Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom
Win 20–0 United States Laverne Clark TKO 3 (12) 18/10/2002 Poland Kozienice, Poland Won Polish International Light Heavyweight title.
Win 19–0 Romania Mihai Iftode UD 8 27/07/2002 Poland Hala Milenium, Kolobrzeg, Poland
Win 18–0 Belarus Siarhei Karanevich PTS 10 24/05/2002 Poland Plonsk, Poland Won vacant WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau (CISBB) Light Heavyweight titles.
Win 17–0 United States Willie McDonald TKO 3 (6) 06/04/2002 Poland Lodz, Poland
Win 16–0 Belarus Dzianis Salomka TKO 5 (6) 23/02/2002 Poland OSiR, Wloclawek, Poland
Win 15–0 Ukraine Ruslan Hladkykh UD 6 29/12/2001 Poland Konin, Poland
Win 14–0 Montenegro Zdravko Kostic UD 10 10/11/2001 Poland Wloclawek, Poland
Win 13–0 Russia Timofey Maklakov TKO 3 (10) 11/08/2001 Poland Jaworzno, Poland
Win 12–0 Romania Ion Voica KO 1 (6) 18/05/2001 Poland Warsaw, Poland
Win 11–0 Belgium Rudi Lupo UD 10 02/03/2001 Poland Warsaw, Poland Won IBC Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Win 10–0 Mexico Nino Cirilo TKO 3 (8) 03/11/2000 Poland Nowy Dwor, Poland
Win 9–0 Czech Republic Stanislav Schreiber TKO 3 (10) 14/10/2000 Poland Debica, Poland
Win 8–0 United States Glenn Odem TKO 4 (6) 10/06/2000 Poland Elblag, Poland
Win 7–0 United States Terry Ford TKO 3 (6) 25/03/2000 Poland Bialystok, Poland
Win 6–0 England Mark Lee Dawson TKO 3 (6) 21/02/2000 United Kingdom Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 5–0 United States Melvin Wynn TKO 3 (6) 10/12/1999 Poland Warsaw, Poland
Win 4–0 United States Kevin Whaley-El TKO 4 (6) 22/10/1999 Poland Legia na Bemowie Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Win 3–0 Bulgaria Milko Stoikov TKO 3 (6) 26/06/1999 Poland Hala Ludowa, Wroclaw, Poland
Win 2–0 Sierra Leone Smokey Enison TKO 2 (4) 29/04/1999 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 1–0 South Africa Israel Khumalo TKO 1 (4) 13/03/1999 United Kingdom Bowler's Arena, Manchester, England, United Kingdom

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cassidy, Bobby (2009-10-18). "Tomasz Adamek vacates IBF cruiserweight title". Newsday.com. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  2. ^ Tomasz Adamek scores win in 12-round unanimous decision over Michael Grant at the Rock in Newark, Tim Smith, DAILY NEWS, August 22, 2010
  3. ^ "Tomasz Adamek - Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Antonio Tarver
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
May 21, 2005 – February 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Chad Dawson
Vacant
Title last held by
Carl Thompson
IBO Cruiserweight Champion
June 9, 2007 – 2008
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Johnathon Banks
Preceded by
Steve Cunningham
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
December 11, 2008 – October 18, 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Cunningham
Vacant
Title last held by
David Haye
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
December 11, 2008 – February 23, 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Regional championship
Vacant
Title last held by
Amir Mansour
IBF Heavyweight Champion
North American title

June 16, 2012 – March 15, 2104
Succeeded by
Vyacheslav Glazkov