Vitali Klitschko faces Tomasz Adamek on September 10th in Poland
By Dan Ambrose: In what promises to be a huge mismatch up epic proportions, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO’s) will be facing number #1 WBC contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO’s) on September 10th at a still to be determined venue in Adamek’s native country of Poland. If you look at the two fighters’ records you might think this will be a competitive fight and think that Adamek has a real chance to win.
However, if you’ve seen the two fighters in the ring, you’ll immediately know that Adamek has a lousy chance of winning this fight. He has a much better chance of being knocked out in the first couple of rounds or stinking up the joint by running all night long, which is what he tends to do now that he’s moved up from the cruiserweight division.
Adamek used to be a big puncher at light heavyweight and cruiserweight, but the process of moving up in weight and facing guys that routinely weight in an excess of 230 pounds has robbed Adamek of his power. Now Adamek is a peck and run fighter and not particularly exciting to watch. He’s still winning, albeit against very carefully selected opponents since moving up in weight. Adamek, like another former cruiserweight champion David Haye, has selected for older journeyman type heavyweights since moving up in weight.
Thus far, Adamek has faced the following heavyweights since moving up in weight: Andrew Golota (42), Michael Grant (38), Kevin McBride (36), Vinny Maddalone (36), Chris Arreola (30) and Jason Estrada (30). Adamek seems to have selected for slow moving, slow punching heavyweights rather than bigger ones that can punch with power and speed. Vitali isn’t fast but he is big and can punch with a lot of power. That will be enough for him to destroy Adamek or decision him in a lopsided fight if Adamek opts to run, which is what I see him doing.
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