By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m not stepping up to fight Adamek unprepared, breaking my vacation time. For the last 3-4 weeks, I was training every day, waiting for the call, for a fight to happen. How long I was thinking about it? When Jolene Mizzone from Main Events called I didn’t even put the headset down,” said heavyweight Dominick Guinn (34-9, 23 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview.
Guinn, who will step in against Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KO) on August 3 at the Mohegan Sun Casino (on an NBC Sports Network telecast) replaces injured Tony Grano. He knows more about “Góral” than anybody else as he was his main sparring partner in Houston, when Adamek was getting ready to fight Chris Arreola.
There’s a mutual respect between you and Tomek, forged when you were sparring before one of the best, if not the best, fights of his life against Chris Arreola in 2010.
It was perfect timing for us both. He was getting ready for Arreola, I knew I had to fight (Terrell) Nelson as a tune-up fight for something bigger that year (Kubrat Pulev). The sparring sessions were hard ones. You should remember our small gym in Houston, small ring, and that I was giving back everything I received.
Anything you can use now, three years later? Something special you remembered?
Not sure sparring gives you a real advantage during the fight, but I remember how slick and intelligent he was in the ring. Adamek is a top fighter in the world, very hard to break, hard to hit.
What about his memories of you?
I’m pretty sure he does remember my power, my right hand. I landed a couple of solid ones.
Critics will say that you lost three of your last four fights, that you don’t deserve to be in the ring with one of top five heavyweights in the world.
…and I can answer that. With maybe the Klitschko exception, there’s no unbeatable heavyweight out there. I can beat Adamek. I’m not stepping up to fight him unprepared, breaking my vacation time. For the last 3-4 weeks, I was training every day, waiting for the call, for a fight to happen. How long was I thinking about it? When Jolene Mizzone from Main Events called I didn’t even put the headset down. Nobody knocked me out in my 40+ professional fights. In these three losses, twice I was defeated by world class fighters, like Pulev or Boytsov. You’re saying that Adamek was at his best when he was fighting Arreola when we were working together? So maybe now it’ll be easier!