By Alexey Sukachev
In “The Polish Fight of the Century”, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) notched his soundest career victory to date with a huge fifth round TKO over Andrzej Golota (41-8-1, 33 KOs) in front of the partisan crowd at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Making his heavyweight debut, two-time world champion in light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions Adamek looked huge in the first, circling around much slower but also much bigger Golota, throwing multiple combinations, which easily penetrated The Foul Pole’s unsteady defense. Golota was floored at the end of the round by what seemed to be more a push than a legitimate punch on Adamek’s behalf. Round two was also in Goral’s favor though the native of Zywiec felt some freaky power in Golota’s gloves yet sustaining his pressure. Round three was the best for Andrzej Golota who tagged Adamek several times with his left hooks to the jaw and even wobbled him once in the going. The fight came back to its roots in the fourth, which saw Adamek taking the lead by huge left hooks. Golota was rocked several times but never went down. It was in round five when he finally did so after a monstrous right cross – left hook combination by the Goral. Golota got up and immediately found himself under Adamek’s fire. He tried to retalliate but was unable to prevent Adamek from dealing more severe punishment. After a few more hooks to the open jaw of Golota the referee Bill Clancy stepped in, halting the action in the midst of the fifth. Adamek will break through the IBF ranks by acquiring the IBF International heavyweight title. Golota, on the other hand, have possibly had his “last hurrah!” though he said nothing about the retirement in his post-fight interview.
WBC #9 / WBA #12 light heavyweight Dawid “Gypsy” Kostecki moved to 31-1, with 21 KOs, following a spirited win over previously unbeaten compatriot Grzegorz Soszynski (16-1-1, 7 KOs) in a thrilling all-Polish ten-rounder. Soszynski took the first couple of rounds with his constant pressure, but as soon as veteran technician Kostecki got adjusted to his style, less experienced fighter started to be fooled around. Kostecki, working from the outside, got more and more confident as the bout progressed. Lately in round six, Kostecki connected with a left hook and decked Soszynski but was unable to finish him in time. Rounds seven and eight were in Kostecki favor as well, his body punches becoming more and more effective. In round nine, Soszynski mounted a slight comeback but the end was once again in Gypsy’s favor. All three judges voted for his unanimous decision, which also resulted in the first setback of Soszynski’s career.
WBC Youth/Baltic light middleweight titlist Damian Jonak (23-0-1, 17 KOs) suffered the first blemish of his pro career, having been held to a draw by old rival Mariusz Cendrowski (17-2-2, 7 KOs) in an action-packed eight-rounder. No exact scores have been announced to the crowd.
In a heated cross-roader between two unbeaten cruiserweights, younger and technically sounder Mateusz Masternak (15-0, 10 KOs) stopped Lukasz Janik (15-1, 8 KOs) in five round. Janik tried to apply his usual aggressive style from the outset but his pressure was far from being smart. At the end of round one, Masternak dropped Janik for the first time. Both fighters engaged it in the second but Masternak, working from the distance, was just a slightly better man in the ring. Janik had some success in rounds three and four. In the fifth stanza, both fighters engaged in some heated encounters and during the last minute Masternak dropped his foe once again with the counter left hook to the jaw. Janik was able to get himself up but was unsteady enough for referee to stop the contest with forty seconds remaining. Huge win for 22-year old Wroclaw native.
In the first notable domestic contest of the night, lightweight Krzysztof Cieslak (14-0, 5 KOs) notched a points victory over ex-world title challenger Matt Zegan (38-5, 21 KOs) in a ten-rounder.
Experienced light welterweight Krzysztof Szot (8-0, 1 KO) outpointed his younger opponent Lukasz Maciec (7-1, 2 KOs) unanimously over six rounds.