By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo by Wojtek Kubik
“Tomek surprised himself being so quick and precise basically from the first training session,” says trainer Roger Bloodworth,”but for me there were no surprises. We started slow, but already five weeks ago.” Bloodworth is currently training Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) for his fight against Michael Grant on August 21st at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Bloodworth’s other big guy, David Tua, will test Monte “Two Guns” Barrett’s chin this Saturday in Atlantic City. Adamek and Bloodworth spoke about training camp before the Grant fight.
You wanted to escape Houston’s heat and humidity, and, unlike before the Chris Arreola fight, decided to stay in your own neck of the woods, Jersey City…
Didn’t work. The day I started sparring was like 108 degrees. At least here I have air-conditioned facility. In Houston you can add another 15 degrees plus humidity. But I have to be careful here anyway – 70 degrees at the gym, 25 more outside. Easy to get cold.
This is your first sparring, first time in the ring with gloves on and not Roger Bloodworth in the ring since the Arreola fight.
I was surprised how well it all went, I have to admit. You know how it is after the break – you’re little bit lazy, little bit off. Not this time. Four rounds with full speed, I was keeping up the tempo from the first to the last second of every round. Right hand with more power, more dedication to every punch. I was in the ring with a big guy, Faruq Saleem, he’s 6-7. But he said that I hit better than a 220-pounder, like somebody who has 30 more pounds weight and a bunch more inches height in every punch. I started with Faruq because in the ring he has to imitate, be as close as possible, to Michael Grant.
Roger mentioned that starting work more than five weeks ago will greatly benefit your performance on August 21.
No doubt, it was a great idea. We didn’t start at 100 miles per hour with training, we went maybe legal 55 but my body reacted very well to what we did. In Jersey City, in my manager Zyggi Rozalski’s gym, we are working with new conditioning coach Tyler Whitman. He keeps me ready and works with me and Roger to additionally enhance my natural speed and ring movement. It’s my job. I just have to do my work. Having all those people around makes me very comfortable, no worries at all. And I already feel this rush before the next fight, all this excitement. Great feeling.
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Trainer Roger Bloodworth was very happy with the work he already did with Adamek, six weeks before the Michael Grant fight. “He always liked to work, and you work so much harder when you see all those wins piling up,” said Roger.
“Tyler understands Tomek and he is very committed to everything he does with him. He worked for many years with Arturo Gatti and we all know how fit Arturo always was in the ring.
“Faruq, with all his experience, also works well for this stage of our training camp. He works hard and Tomek has to be busy and aware in the ring. Adamek accepted this, because if you want to be heavyweight world champion, you cannot have off days or even off rounds in training camp.”