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Adamek: I’m fast and stronger

Photo: Mike Gladysz

Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) held a media workout Tuesday to promote his February 6th fight at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, against Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs). Adamek is training at the World Boxing Gym and Fitness Center in Jersey City, NJ. In regard to Estrada’s comments that Adamek will have a problem with his hand speed, Adamek commented, “I’m fast too! I think I am stronger. He must know this: my jab is very strong and my right has the most power.”

When asked about his weight now and whether he prefers cruiserweight or heavyweight, Adamek stated, “This weight is natural for me so its very comfortable. I’m eating more and I am not hungry. For the fight maybe I will weigh what I weigh today which is 222 lbs. This is my natural weight which makes me happier when I go into training. Cruiserweight was more difficult for me because I always had a problem getting to the weight, especially when I was 175. I feel very good at this weight; I feel faster.

“The difference in training is that my sparring partners are heavier weighing in at about 240-250 lbs. But, I feel stronger because my weight is natural. My dream is to be champion in the heavyweight division. Estrada is a good boxer but I am serious about this fight. I need to win. It is very important in order to move up for a heavyweight title. Estrada is a technical boxer, if I see the opportunity to knock him out I will, but if not, I am prepared to go 12 rounds.”

When asked who he would like to fight next, Adamek stated, “I will fight anyone. We have this fight on February 6th, so right now I’m concentrating on that. Maybe in April I’ll fight Arreola, we’ll see. Maybe one more fight after that and I will be ready for a championship fight. Right now I must win against Estrada. Every guy when he comes into the ring wants to win, but I believe I will win this fight. I am strong and I am healthy. When I am healthy I am very fast. I have power and I feel good!”

On being a local favorite, Adamek said, “I am so happy to be fighting at the Prudential Center. I feel like this is my second home. My first home is in Poland. But now my second home is in the United States at Prudential Center. I won my second belt there: cruiserweight, but I need to win one more belt here: heavyweight. There are many Polish people in this area. I am happy when I come back to Prudential.”

Trainer Andrew Gmitruk added, “You know Estrada is a big guy with a very special style, but Tomasz Adamek is very quick, very comfortable. He is very strong. He is extremely well conditioned. We expect a hard fight, but we expect to win this fight. Adamek has extremely good movement. It comes from the body and from the legs. His speed is like light heavyweight or middleweight division. Good left hook and right hand. He has not lost his speed or coordination (stepping up to heavyweight). Every day he is getting stronger. He is very well conditioned. I think he is a complete boxer now. Most heavyweights have lost the power, the coordination, and the speed. They are only thinking about the hard punch. Tomasz has everything together with the hard punch. That is why I think he is very dangerous for everybody in the heavyweight division.”

Trainer Andrzej Gmitruk on who has fastest hands: “It’s not about who has fastest hands. It’s about who has the quicker mind in the ring. I have no doubts that both answers are the same: Adamek. We are not disrespecting Jason – on the contrary – we know how important this fight is if Tomek wants to be a world champion. He (Estrada) wants to play a spoiler role, but it doesn’t work against somebody with such a strong psyche and determination like Adamek. Maybe Estrada wanted to be disrespected; maybe he was hoping we are not serious about this fight. Unfortunately for him – we are dead serious.”

Adamek concluded, “I just smiled when I read Jason quotes. First of all I had no idea he has so much free time on his hands to pay such close attention to what I’m saying and who I’m sparring against. I on the other hand have no idea who he is sparring with and have no desire to know it. I just don’t care. I care about my training camp and my preparation. Maybe he should to speak with one of my three sparring partners, Travis Kauffman (18-1, 15 KOs) who could not believe how fast and accurate I can be in the ring.”

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