By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz / Team Adamek
“Roger Bloodworth, my trainer, arrived in New Jersey 24 hours later than planned because of airport delays but we know each other well enough, so I knew what to do in the gym,” said heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO), who on Tuesday started his final training camp before how June 16 fight against Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) in Newark’s “Prudential Center”, televised live by NBC Sports Network.
“We decided to stay in Jersey City. I know that Eddie is from Philadelphia, has a lot of friends here, but I will advise not to play with my trainer and sneak into the gym when we will work. Roger is a nice guy, until… he’s not so nice,” said laughing “Góral.”
You made a decision to stay close to home, in Jersey City at the “World Boxing Gym.”
Easier – 25 minutes from the gym to my home, five minutes from home to “Prudential Center”. I know the place very well, I know people there. For me, feeling comfortable in the place I spend a lot of time is very important.
You are not afraid of Chambers’ helpers? People with cameras sneaking into the gym? Eddie is from Philadelphia, has a lot of friends in New Jersey. The place is open for all members…
Good, maybe the number of “World Boxing Gym” memberships will skyrocket and this is my manager’s gym, so everything stays in house (laughing). Seriously – everybody knows the way I fight, and sparing sessions will be, as always, off limits. I know that Eddie is from Philadelphia, has a lot of friends here, but I will advise not to play with my trainer and sneak into the gym when we will work. Roger is a nice guys, until… he’s not so nice. Just like my manager, Ziggy Rozalski.
You are already in the full training regime – two training sessions a day,a couple of miles of running every other day. The fight is announced as a ten-round affair, but it’s still possible it will be twelve-round bout, with one of the belts on stake. Does it make any difference?
Not to me. This will be a normal training camp, there is no need to make any changes because I’m fighting Eddie Chambers. In the end, you want your rival, whoever it is, to fight your fight, not his. There is a possibility we will compete for one of the heavyweight belts, but for me 10 or 12 rounds is the same because we always work like there’s 12 rounds of full speed fight ahead.
I know that you will not be able to go Atlantic City and watch only one of the two fighters who defeated you in the 16 years of your career – Chad Dawson. But you will not miss his fight on TV against Bernard Hopkins.
Of course not. I will be watching it with Roger in my home. Chad is my favorite to get my old belt, the WBC light heavyweight title. He’s faster, has quicker hands, is more dynamic that Hopkins. You can tell that Hopkins is getting older and he was never a one-punch knockout fighter, so his chances to beat Chad are limited. But we are talking about boxing. Until the ref puts your hand up, you just don’t know.