Tomasz Adamek

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Tomasz Adamek
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Adamek with the IBF title, 2008
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • Góral ("Mountain Boy")
  • Tomek
Rated at
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Reach 191 cm (75 in)
Nationality Polish
Born (1976-12-01) 1 December 1976 (age 39)
Żywiec, Poland
Boxing record
Total fights 55
Wins 50
Wins by KO 30
Losses 5

Tomasz Adamek (Polish pronunciation: [ˈtɔmaʂ aˈdamɛk]; born 1 December 1976) is a Polish professional boxer. He is a former two-weight world champion, having held the WBC light heavyweight title from 2005 to 2007; the unified IBF, Ring magazine, and lineal cruiserweight titles from 2008 to 2009, and challenged for the WBC heavyweight title in 2011. Adamek is the first Polish winner of both the "Muhammad Ali Giant Athlete Award", and the first Polish boxer to win a Ring title.

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.

Adamek announced his retirement in December 2014.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
55 fights 50 wins 5 losses
By knockout 30 2
By decision 20 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
55 Loss 50–5 United States Éric Molina KO 10 (12), 3:00 2 Apr 2016 Poland Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland For vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
54 Win 50–4 Poland Przemysław Saleta RTD 5 (10), 3:00 26 Sep 2015 Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
53 Loss 49–4 Poland Artur Szpilka UD 10 8 Nov 2014 Poland Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland For vacant IBF International and Republic of Poland heavyweight titles
52 Loss 49–3 Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov UD 12 15 Mar 2014 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US Lost IBF North American heavyweight title
51 Win 49–2 United States Dominick Guinn UD 10 3 Aug 2013 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
50 Win 48–2 United States Steve Cunningham SD 12 22 Dec 2012 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US Retained IBF North American heavyweight title
49 Win 47–2 United States Travis Walker TKO 5 (12), 1:08 8 Sep 2012 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF North American heavyweight title
48 Win 46–2 United States Eddie Chambers UD 12 16 Jun 2012 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Won vacant IBF North American heavyweight title
47 Win 45–2 Dominican Republic Nagy Aguilera UD 10 24 Mar 2012 United States Aviator Sports and Events Center, New York City, New York, US
46 Loss 44–2 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 10 (12), 2:20 10 Sep 2011 Poland Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland For WBC heavyweight title
45 Win 44–1 Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride UD 12 9 Apr 2011 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles
44 Win 43–1 United States Vinny Maddalone TKO 5 (12), 2:17 9 Dec 2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles
43 Win 42–1 United States Michael Grant UD 12 21 Aug 2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles
42 Win 41–1 United States Chris Arreola MD 12 24 Apr 2010 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, US Retained IBF International heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBO–NABO heavyweight title
41 Win 40–1 United States Jason Estrada UD 12 6 Feb 2010 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF International heavyweight title
40 Win 39–1 Poland Andrew Golota TKO 5 (12), 1:20 24 Oct 2009 Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland Won vacant IBF International heavyweight title
39 Win 38–1 United States Bobby Gunn RTD 4 (12), 3:00 11 Jul 2009 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF, The Ring, and lineal cruiserweight titles
38 Win 37–1 United States Johnathon Banks TKO 8 (12), 1:30 27 Feb 2009 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Retained IBF, The Ring, and lineal cruiserweight titles
37 Win 36–1 United States Steve Cunningham SD 12 11 Dec 2008 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US Won IBF, vacant The Ring and lineal cruiserweight titles
36 Win 35–1 United States Gary Gomez RTD 7 (10), 0:01 11 Jul 2008 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, US
35 Win 34–1 Jamaica O'Neil Bell TKO 8 (12) 19 Apr 2008 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland
34 Win 33–1 Croatia Josip Jalusic UD 8 29 Dec 2007 Germany Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany
33 Win 32–1 Panama Luis Andres Pineda TKO 7 (12) 9 Jun 2007 Poland Spodek, Katowice, Poland Won vacant IBO cruiserweight title
32 Loss 31–1 United States Chad Dawson UD 12 3 Feb 2007 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, US Lost WBC light heavyweight title
31 Win 31–0 Australia Paul Briggs MD 12 7 Oct 2006 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, US Retained WBC light heavyweight title
30 Win 30–0 Germany Thomas Ulrich KO 6 (12), 1:57 15 Oct 2005 Germany Mehrzweckhalle Süd, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBC light heavyweight title
29 Win 29–0 Australia Paul Briggs MD 12 21 May 2005 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois, US Won vacant WBC light heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0 Belgium Ismail Abdoul UD 8 10 Sep 2004 Poland Blue City, Warsaw, Poland
27 Win 27–0 Russia Dzhabrail Dzhabrailov KO 5 (12), 0:43 17 Apr 2004 Finland Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0 France Olivier Beard TKO 3 (10) 20 Dec 2003 Poland BBTS Wlokniarz Hall, Bielsko-Biała, Poland
25 Win 25–0 United States Ed Dalton KO 2 (12), 2:14 4 Oct 2003 Finland Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 Brazil Roberto Coelho UD 8 30 Aug 2003 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
23 Win 23–0 Hungary Zoltán Béres UD 6 6 Apr 2003 Spain Palacio de Deportes, Benidorm, Spain
22 Win 22–0 Estonia Andrei Karsten TKO 2 (6) 15 Feb 2003 Finland Töölö Sports Hall, Helsinki, Finland
21 Win 21–0 Armenia Varuzhan Davtyan RTD 4 (6), 3:00 14 Dec 2002 United Kingdom Telewest Arena, Newcastle, England
20 Win 20–0 United States Laverne Clark TKO 3 (12) 18 Oct 2002 Poland Sport Hall, Kozienice, Poland Won vacant Polish International light heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 Romania Mihai Iftode UD 8 27 Jul 2002 Poland Hala Milenium, Kołobrzeg, Poland
18 Win 18–0 Belarus Siarhei Karanevich UD 10 24 May 2002 Poland Płońsk, Poland Won vacant WBCCISBB light heavyweight titles
17 Win 17–0 United States Willie McDonald TKO 3 (6) 6 Apr 2002 Poland Łódź, Poland
16 Win 16–0 Belarus Dzianis Salomka TKO 5 (6) 23 Feb 2002 Poland OSiR, Włocławek, Poland
15 Win 15–0 Ukraine Ruslan Hladkykh UD 6 29 Dec 2001 Poland Sport Hall, Konin, Poland
14 Win 14–0 Montenegro Zdravko Kostic UD 10 10 Nov 2001 Poland Sport Hall, Włocławek, Poland
13 Win 13–0 Russia Timofey Maklakov TKO 3 (10) 11 Aug 2001 Poland Sport Hall, Jaworzno, Poland
12 Win 12–0 Romania Ion Voica KO 1 (6) 18 May 2001 Poland Sport Hall, Warsaw, Poland
11 Win 11–0 Belgium Rudi Lupo UD 10 2 Mar 2001 Poland Sport Hall, Warsaw, Poland Won IBC Inter-Continental light heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Nino Cirilo TKO 3 (8) 3 Nov 2000 Poland Sport Hall, Nowy Dwór, Poland
9 Win 9–0 Czech Republic Stanislav Schreiber TKO 3 (10) 14 Oct 2000 Poland Sport Hall, Dębica, Poland
8 Win 8–0 United States Glenn Odem TKO 4 (6) 10 Jun 2000 Poland Sport Hall, Elbląg, Poland
7 Win 7–0 United States Terry Ford TKO 3 (6) 25 Mar 2000 Poland Białystok, Poland
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Mark Lee Dawson TKO 3 (6) 21 Feb 2000 United Kingdom Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England
5 Win 5–0 United States Melvin Wynn TKO 3 (6) 10 Dec 1999 Poland Warsaw, Poland
4 Win 4–0 United States Kevin Whaley-El TKO 4 (6) 22 Oct 1999 Poland Legia na Bemowie Hall, Warsaw, Poland
3 Win 3–0 Bulgaria Milko Stoikov TKO 3 (6) 26 Jun 1999 Poland Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland
2 Win 2–0 Sierra Leone Smokey Enison TKO 2 (4), 2:50 29 Apr 1999 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
1 Win 1–0 South Africa Israel Khumalo TKO 1 (4), 2:15 13 Mar 1999 United Kingdom Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Joe Gatti
IBC Inter-Continental light heavyweight champion
2 March 2001 – October 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Prince Badi Ajamu
Vacant
Title last held by
Milorad Dukovic
WBCCISBB light heavyweight champion
24 May 2002 – June 2002
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Andrey Shkalikov
New title Polish International light heavyweight champion
18 October 2002 – 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Grzegorz Soszyński
Vacant
Title last held by
Vadym Safonov
IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight champion
4 October 2003 – January 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Vadym Safonov
Vacant
Title last held by
Zsolt Erdei
WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight champion
17 April 2004 – May 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Stipe Drews
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexey Soloviev
IBF International heavyweight champion
24 October 2009 – September 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kubrat Pulev
Vacant
Title last held by
Brian Minto
WBO–NABO heavyweight champion
24 April 2010 – August 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Amir Mansour
Vacant
Title last held by
Amir Mansour
IBF North American heavyweight champion
16 June 2012 – 15 March 2014
Succeeded by
Vyacheslav Glazkov
Minor world titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Carl Thompson
IBO cruiserweight champion
9 June 2007 – 27 February 2009
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Danny Green
Major world titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Antonio Tarver
WBC light heavyweight champion
21 May 2005 – 3 February 2007
Succeeded by
Chad Dawson
Preceded by
Steve Cunningham
IBF cruiserweight champion
11 December 2008 – 18 October 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Cunningham
Vacant
Title last held by
David Haye
The Ring cruiserweight champion
11 December 2008 – 18 October 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Yoan Pablo Hernández
Lineal cruiserweight champion
11 December 2008 – 18 October 2009
Vacated
Vacant

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. ^ Kazmierczak, Konrad (2014) "Tomasz Adamek postanowił powiesić rękawice na kołku", sportowefakty.pl, 3 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014

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