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Adamek Training Camp Notes

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“I am ready to fight!” says heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek from his training camp at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. “We are training hard 9 weeks, this week is 10. I am ready for a great fight, a tough fight.” Adamek faces Michael Grant for the IBF International and NABO heavyweight championships on August 21 in a pay-per-view clash at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

About training with Roger Bloodworth:

“Every day I am a little better. He is a good teacher. I want to be heavyweight champion with him. He is teaching me more movement. More US style boxing. I am happy. I’m learning now, I’m preparing. The style in Europe is more straight. Small movements. United States style is maybe more difficult and because of the movement it’s difficult to catch someone. It’s good for me because I can fight longer than a European fighter. I am strong.”

About rumors that David Haye turned down a 50/50 fight with Klitschko:

“You know, if I’m proposed 50/50, I might sign a contract today! I love tough fights because people remember them for a long time. I want to be champion and I would like to fight great fights.”

What fight fans can expect on August 21:

“You know, I win! I’m a warrior. I’m going to win this fight and next fight, and next fight… I’m going to be champion. It’s my dream. I’ve been two times champion, my dream is to be champion in three categories. First guy to do it.”

About facing the tallest fighter he has ever faced:

“My sparring partners are tall too. I don’t feel a problem. With these guys I feel good in the ring. For me size is not a problem. Speed is power. Just like with Arreola and Andrew Golota. It’s the same. I am quick, that is my advantage. Good left hand and every time I train I am stronger. I’ll win this fight.”

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Roger Bloodworth: “The difference between Toamsz Adamek now and Tomasz Adamek when he was training for Arreola is that he is in an environment where he is completely happy. It’s relaxing, it’s family, its hard training – tough boxing, its growth.” Bloodworth added, “He loves his family, so I think he’s a lot happier here. Basically it’s everything he holds dear. When you add in all that he is learning and absorbing in camp, well that’s a package that’s hard to beat. That says a lot for a boxer’s frame of mind. He’s relaxed, confident; sure he’s going to win. There is no fear in Tomasz. I like what I see. He’s confident that he is going to win. I believe it!’

“I think his technique is a lot better in this camp. We’ve had a little more time together so I think his technique has improved a lot. He’s a terrific student. I think you have to grow into being a heavyweight and I think he’s adjusted very well.”

“How do I see the fight going? I think it depends on what Grant brings to the fight. He can come in one of a couple ways. He can come in trying to move; he can come in trying to run over him; or he can just stand in the middle and try to pick him off. So one of those three scenarios will be played out on the 21st, and we have thoroughly prepared for each one of them. We’re preparing for everything because you never know. I mean you can watch films of a guy, and of course I haven’t seen any recent films of the guy, but anything can happen. He’s a big guy, he’s a formidable opponent. He’s got a long reach, a good jab and a good right hand. Plus I know this fight means a lot to him so I expect him to be in great shape. That’s what we have prepared Tomasz for. That’s what Tomasz IS ready for. I expect a great fight.”

“Right now, we have been sparring about 6 rounds per session each time we spar. We’re working with sparring partners that are both very much the stature of Grant. Size will not be a problem for Tomasz.”

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The “Brick City Boxing Series” card will take place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, and is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide.

Tickets priced at $53, $78, and $253 (ringside) can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or www.Prucenter.com

The fight is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada for a suggested retail price of only $29.95


    August 4th, 2010


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