Adamek in 2008
|Nickname(s)||Góral ("Mountain Boy")
|Rated at||Light heavyweight
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1.5 in)|
|Reach||1.91 m (75 in)|
1 December 1976 |
|Wins by KO||30|
Tomasz Adamek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈtɔmaʂ aˈdamɛk]; born 1 December 1976) is a Polish professional boxer. He is a former WBC light heavyweight champion, as well as a former IBF, IBO and The Ring magazine cruiserweight champion. Adamek was the first Polish winner of both the "Muhammad Ali Giant Athlete Award", and the first Polish boxer to win a championship belt by The Ring.
- 1 Early life and amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional record
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Early life and amateur career
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.
- 1995 and 1996 Poland Amateur Middleweight Champion.
- 1997 2nd Poland amateur Light Heavyweight Champion.
- 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Budapest (without success).
- 1998 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Minsk (Bronze medal).
- During his amateur career won 108 out of 120 fights.
- Adamek turned pro in 1999.
Adamek amateur boxing record is 120 fights, 112 wins and 8 losses
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 Champion
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Adamek announced his retirement in December 2014.
|50 Wins (30 knockouts), 5 Losses, 0 Draw|
|Loss||50–5||Éric Molina||KO||10 (12), 2:58||2016-04-02||Tauron Arena, Kraków||For vacant IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||50–4||Przemysław Saleta||RTD||5 (10), 3:00||2015-09-26||Atlas Arena, Łódź|
|Loss||49–4||Artur Szpilka||UD||10||2014-11-08||Tauron Arena, Kraków||For vacant IBF International Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||49–3||Vyacheslav Glazkov||UD||12||2014-03-15||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||Lost IBF North America Heavyweight title.|
|Win||49–2||Dominick Guinn||UD||10||2013-08-03||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||48–2||Steve Cunningham||SD||12||2012-12-22||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||Retained IBF North America Heavyweight title.|
|Win||47–2||Travis Walker||TKO||5 (12), 1:08||2012-09-08||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Retained IBF North America Heavyweight title.|
|Win||46–2||Eddie Chambers||UD||12||2012-06-16||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Won vacant IBF North America Heavyweight title.|
|Win||45–2||Nagy Aguilera||UD||10||2012-03-24||Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York|
|Loss||44–2||Vitali Klitschko||TKO||10 (12), 2:20||2011-09-10||Municipal Stadium, Wrocław||For WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||44–1||Kevin McBride||UD||12||2011-04-09||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Retained IBF International & WBO NABO & Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||43–1||Vincent Maddalone||TKO||5 (12), 2:17||2010-12-09||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Retained IBF International & WBO NABO & Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||42–1||Michael Grant||UD||12||2010-08-21||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Retained IBF International & WBO NABO & Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||41–1||Chris Arreola||MD||12||2010-04-24||Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California||Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.
Won vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title.
|Win||40–1||Jason Estrada||UD||12||2010-02-06||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Retained IBF International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||39–1||Andrew Golota||TKO||5 (12), 1:20||2009-10-24||Atlas Arena, Łódź||Won vacant IBF International Heavyweight title.|
|Win||38–1||Bobby Gunn||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||2009-07-11||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Retained IBF & The Ring Cruiserweight titles.|
|Win||37–1||Johnathon Banks||TKO||8 (12), 1:30||2009-02-27||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Retained IBF & The Ring Cruiserweight titles.|
|Win||36–1||Steve Cunningham||SD||12||2008-12-11||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey||Won IBF & vacant The Ring Cruiserweight titles.|
|Win||35–1||Gary Gomez||RTD||7 (10), 0:01||2008-07-11||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||34–1||O'Neil Bell||TKO||8 (12)||2008-04-19||Spodek, Katowice||IBF Cruiserweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||33–1||Josip Jalusic||UD||8||2007-12-29||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Win||32–1||Luis Andres Pineda||TKO||7 (12)||2007-06-09||Spodek, Katowice||Won vacant IBO Cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||31–1||Chad Dawson||UD||12||2007-02-03||Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida||Lost WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||31–0||Paul Briggs||MD||12||2006-10-07||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois||Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||30–0||Thomas Ulrich||KO||6 (12), 1:57||2005-10-15||Mehrzweckhalle Sued, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen||Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Paul Briggs||MD||12||2005-05-21||United Center, Chicago, Illinois||Won vacant WBC Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Ismail Abdoul||UD||8||2004-09-10||Blue City, Warsaw|
|Win||27–0||Dzhabrail Dzhabrailov||KO||5 (12), 0:43||2004-04-17||Baltic Hall, Mariehamn||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||26–0||Olivier Beard||TKO||3 (10)||2003-12-20||BBTS Wlokniarz Hall, Bielsko-Biała|
|Win||25–0||Ed Dalton||KO||2 (12), 2:14||2003-10-04||Baltic Hall, Mariehamn||Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Roberto Coelho||UD||8||2003-08-30||Olympiahalle, Munich, Bayern|
|Win||23–0||Zoltan Beres||UD||6||2003-04-06||Benidorm, Valencian Community|
|Win||22–0||Andrei Karsten||TKO||2 (6)||2003-02-15||Kisahalli, Helsinki|
|Win||21–0||Varuzhan Davtyan||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||2002-12-14||Telewest Arena, Newcastle, England|
|Win||20–0||Laverne Clark||TKO||3 (12)||2002-10-18||Sport Hall, Kozienice||Won Polish International Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Mihai Iftode||UD||8||2002-07-27||Hala Milenium, Kolobrzeg|
|Win||18–0||Siarhei Karanevich||PTS||10||2002-05-24||Sport Hall, Płońsk||Won vacant WBC CIS Light Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||17–0||Willie McDonald||TKO||3 (6)||2002-04-06||Sport Hall, Łódź|
|Win||16–0||Dzianis Salomka||TKO||5 (6)||2002-02-23||OSiR, Włocławek|
|Win||15–0||Ruslan Hladkykh||UD||6||2001-12-29||Sport Hall, Konin|
|Win||14–0||Zdravko Kostic||UD||10||2001-11-10||Sport Hall, Włocławek|
|Win||13–0||Timofey Maklakov||TKO||3 (10)||2001-08-11||Sport Hall, Jaworzno|
|Win||12–0||Ion Voica||KO||1 (6)||2001-05-18||Sport Hall, Warsaw|
|Win||11–0||Rudi Lupo||UD||10||2001-03-02||Sport Hall, Warsaw||Won IBC Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||10–0||Nino Cirilo||TKO||3 (8)||2000-11-03||Sport Hall, Nowy Dwor|
|Win||9–0||Stanislav Schreiber||TKO||3 (10)||2000-10-14||Sport Hall, Dębica|
|Win||8–0||Glenn Odem||TKO||4 (6)||2000-06-10||Sport Hall, Elbląg|
|Win||7–0||Terry Ford||TKO||3 (6)||2000-03-25||Białystok|
|Win||6–0||Mark Lee Dawson||TKO||3 (6)||2000-02-21||Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, England|
|Win||5–0||Melvin Wynn||TKO||3 (6)||1999-12-10||Warsaw|
|Win||4–0||Kevin Whaley-El||TKO||4 (6)||1999-10-22||Legia na Bemowie Hall, Warsaw|
|Win||3–0||Milko Stoikov||TKO||3 (6)||1999-06-26||Hala Ludowa, Wrocław|
|Win||2–0||Smokey Enison||TKO||2 (4), 2:50||1999-04-29||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England|
|Win||1–0||Israel Khumalo||TKO||1 (4), 2:15||1999-03-13||Bowler's Arena, Manchester, England|
- Cassidy, Bobby (2009-10-18). "Tomasz Adamek vacates IBF cruiserweight title". Newsday.com. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- Tomasz Adamek scores win in 12-round unanimous decision over Michael Grant at the Rock in Newark, Tim Smith, DAILY NEWS, August 22, 2010
- Kazmierczak, Konrad (2014) "Tomasz Adamek postanowił powiesić rękawice na kołku", sportowefakty.pl, 3 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tomasz Adamek.|
- Official website
- Professional boxing record for Tomasz Adamek from BoxRec
- Bio -- file interview with Tomasz Adamek at Boxinginsider.com
Title last held byAntonio Tarver
|WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
May 21, 2005 – February 3, 2007
Title last held byCarl Thompson
|IBO Cruiserweight Champion
June 9, 2007 – 2008
Title next held byJohnathon Banks
|IBF Cruiserweight Champion
December 11, 2008 – October 18, 2009
Title next held bySteve Cunningham
Title last held byDavid Haye
|The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
December 11, 2008 – February 23, 2010
Title last held byAmir Mansour
|IBF Heavyweight Champion
North American title
June 16, 2012 – March 15, 2014