By Dan Ambrose: If the battered and bloody Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO’s) was interested in fighting IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko after getting whipped by his brother WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last Saturday night, Adamek got some bad news today when Wladimir ruled out the prospect of him facing the humiliated Admamek, saying he won’t fight him now.
That’s kind of sad if you’re a Adamek fan, because it would have been interesting to see how Adamek might have fared against a guy like Wladimir. Now it’s academic, there’s no chance of Adamek getting a second payday fight because Wladimir is having none of it. But what do you expect? Adamek didn’t help himself by going out there and just getting smacked around worse than Vitali’s usual heavyweight opponents do.
Indeed, Adamek looked far worse than anyone has looked since Vitali first made his comeback in 2008. You’d have to go far back in Vitali’s career to find someone that he dominated easier than he did Adamek. I think perhaps the only guys that did worse were Danny Williams of the UK and Kirk Johnson, both of which came into Vitali fights carrying far too much weight for their own good and got knocked out.
Adamek just looked like he didn’t have a heavyweight frame and didn’t belong out there with Vitali. It’s like taking a fighter, giving him a lot of good, putting him in with soft opposition to pad his record and convince fans he’s for real, and then shuffling him out for a fight against Vitali. It was doomed for failure because Adamek didn’t have the size to begin with. The careful matchmaking made it all the more obvious was going on here.
If Adamek wants to get some other big fights at heavyweight, he needs to target Alexander Povetkin, the WBA heavyweight paper champion. He’s vulnerable, weak, slow and beatable. Adamek has a chance to beat him, but not a good one because Povetkin has a bit more talent than the guys that Adamek padded his record with before the Vitali fight.