Adamek reloading for another title run at heavyweight
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s still difficult to erase the image of small overmatched Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO’s) looking like a helpless schoolboy in getting whipped by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) last September in a 10th round TKO loss in Poland.
All the tricks that Adamek had used against the aging journeyman to get his title shot in the first place proved futile against the much more talented Vitali. It was sad and sickening to see poor Adamek getting punched silly on the outside and left looking like an old sparring partner by the 10th.
It didn’t take much thought to realize that Adamek just isn’t cut for fighting at heavyweight unless it’s to fight the old journeyman like he’d been doing before the Vitali fight. Adamek is simply too small, too slow and too mediocre to win a heavyweight title. The smart thing would be for Adamek to move down to the cruiserweight division where he previously held the IBF strap before moving up in weight to the heavyweight division. But no, Adamek doesn’t want to move down in weight and is stubbornly sticking it out at heavyweight.
The latest news is Adamek reportedly has put on 10 pounds of supposedly muscle on his short 6’2” frame and now weights in the neighborhood of 225lbs. Adamek thinks this is going to make him more powerful and able to compete against the better heavyweights. I think Adamek is kidding himself. He may have put on some weight but I’d be surprised is if it’s more than a couple of pounds of actual muscle with most of being baby fat. As far as punching harder, nope that’s not going to happen. Punching power doesn’t come from putting on extra weight. Power comes from tendons, ligaments, fast twitch nerve fiber and bone structure.
Putting on fat a little muscle isn’t going to do the trick. Sure, I think Adamek can turn around and whip 38-year-old Kevin McBride or 37-year-old Vinny Maddalone no problem, but he’s not going to beat the Klitschkos or even likely beat Chris Arreola if he ever fights him again.
Adamek is supposed to be returning to the ring in March of 2012 and wants a rematch with Arreola or a fight against the raw Seth Mitchell. I think Adamek loses both of those fights, although I’m really not impressed with Mitchell at all. I still think Adamek loses to that guy.
My advice is for Adamek to lose all that useless weight that he’s put on since moving up to the heavyweight division and trim back down to cruiserweight and try to make the best of the remaining years that he has. Heck, Adamek might even be able to pick up the WBO cruiserweight title now that the champion Marco Huck is facing WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in February 2012.