Adamek: I want to beat Vitali no matter what it takes

By Boxing News - 09/09/2011 - Comments

Image: Adamek: I want to beat Vitali no matter what it takesBy Jason Kim: Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO’s) is willing to try anything on Saturday to get a win against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO’s) in Wroclaw, Poland. The 6’2″ Adamek’s chances of scoring a knockout against the much taller 6’7″ Vitali are remote at best at this point.

While Adamek used to be a puncher in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions at heavyweight he only possesses average power, not the type that will trouble Vitali. Instead of thinking knockout, Adamek has to look for another way of beating Vitali such as using his speed to hit and get away as fast as possible before Vitali has time to heave his big shots back at him.

Vitali has slowed somewhat in the past few years, but he seems to have compensated for his diminishing hand speed by throwing more arm punches than he did earlier in his career. However, with his training in the Soviet system for boxing, which relies on a lot of short left hooks and right hands, Vitali seems to be even better than before when he was loading up on his shots.

With the exception of his recent 1st round knockout of Odlanier Solis, Vitali’s KOs are coming later in his fights now, as he’s bludgeoning his opponents in submission with his short hooks and right hands. It takes awhile for him to get the knockouts, but he’s still winning without any problems whatsoever.

Adamek says according to AP “I’m not saying I will knock him out, I’m snot thinking of that. I want to win, no matter the means. I know I will be the champion, you will see.”

It’s difficult to imagine that Adamek will be able to land enough shots in this fight to get a win, because he was staggered in fights against Michael Grant and Chris Arreola in the past. Neither of those fighters really landed that many shots, mostly because of Adamek’s constant circling of the ring. The movement took away what his opponents could do, but it also limited Adamek’s own punch output to a great extent.

The circling isn’t an answer to beating Vitali. That’s been tried before and it’s probably not going to work. Adamek is saying he’s going to pressure Vitali, force him to work harder than his 40-year-old body is capable of, but that’s kind of going against how Adamek has been fighting since he moved up to the heavyweight division in 2009. Even against shot fighters like Andre Golota, Adamek was still very cautious and did a lot of circling.

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