Adamek thinks he’s going to beat Vitali
By Dan Ambrose: Former two-time world champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO’s) is putting the finishing touches for his training camp to get ready for his September 10th fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO’s) in Poland.
Adamek, 34, thinks he’s going to win this fight, and has been talking in historic terms as if he’s going to shock the world next month against the much bigger Vitali. It’s sad, however, that Adamek is only fooling himself because he has no chance in this fight. We’ve already seen Adamek struggle against 2nd tier heavyweights like 38-year-old Michael Grant and 38-year-old Kevin McBride.
And now with Adamek jumping up to the highest level against Vitali, there’s only result that can come of this and that’s Adamek losing badly to the big Ukrainian. I would have much preferred to have seen Adamek in with a live body before he challenged Vitali for the heavyweight title, because one could get more of a sense of how Adamek will do against Vitali.
All we have to go by is Adamek’s fights against mostly old guys like Andre Golota, 42, Vinny Maddalone, 36, and his fights against Jason Estrada and Chris Arreola, fights where Adamek didn’t impress despite winning.
The Vitai-Adamek fight has failed to capture the boxing public’s interest because they pretty much see it as a hopeless mismatch with Vitali having too much size, and talent for the smaller Adamek. Boxing fans have tuned out what Adamek has been saying about believing he can beat Vitali, and have already written off Adamek as another knockout victim.
I wish I could disagree with the general masses about Adamek going to his destruction next month against Vitali, but I can’t. I see a very limited heavyweight in Adamek who has faced soft opposition to get this title shot, and it just looks like a payday fight for both guys. It’s a mismatch and a sad one. It’s too bad Adamek didn’t fight someone like Alexander Povetkin or Ruslan Chagaev to get this shot. It would have more of a heavyweight tournament finals-type feel to it than the massacre that it appears to be.
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