Klitschko: “I hope for a short fight”; Adamek: “Great Klitschko story will end Saturday night”
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m not over the hill. I know the dangers when you’re fighting too long. I have people I trust who will tell me right away that I should stop boxing. But there’s no danger for me when I will be fighting Tomasz Adamek on September 10. I’m in the top form, better than ever because I know exactly what I did wrong in my previous fights. Everything what I do now serves a purpose, every movement in the ring is calculated, nothing is wasted. You will see the proof of it Saturday night,” said Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) to Fightnews.com during his final press conference before he fights Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) showdown in the picturesque City Hall of Wroclaw.
Adamek countered, “I know how to beat Vitali Klitschko. I know that he’s a champion, but I’m convinced that Saturday night I will be three division champion. Trust me, it will happen. Every great story has to end. His great story as a champion will end on Saturday.”
Sounds like both fighters are ready, both are in top form, both are sure they can win – at least on paper, we have a prescription for a classic fight.
More than 200 reporters packed Wroclaw City Hall, in the middle of Old Town district to see both fighters squaring for the last time without using their fists. All the tickets – with exception of maybe 1000 VIP, one thousand dollar tickets are sold out for “Stadion Miejski”, when on September 10 this brand new venue will be packed with around 42,000 fans. All the question marks and doubts about the stadium were squashed on Sunday, when SMG Polska, stadium operator invited 15,000 fans to see the stadium and cheer their soccer team. “We are ready, everything will be perfect,” said Andy Wasch to Fightnews, SMG Germany head of stadium operations for “Stadion Miejski” in Wroclaw. “We are already started with covering grass with special tarp; all the lightning and sound fixtures are ready and ring will be in the middle of the pitch before Friday’s weigh-in. It will be spectacular event”.
Both fighters hope for the open, fan friendly fight with lots of firepower and exchanges. “I kind of like you Tomek, maybe we can be friends after the fight, but on Saturday there will be no friendship between Adamek and Klitschko, because you want to take what’s mine – WBC belt, belt that was gracing the name of Muhammad Ali. It will not happen, I hope for a quick fight, I took him very seriously because I understand that every fight could be my lost one” – said Klitschko. When “Fightnews” asked him about special significance of this fight because it will be televised by HBO, first time for WBC champ since 2009, Klitschko did not hesitate. “Of course it has a special meaning because HBO said from the begging that the only fighter they want to see in front of me, if I want this fight to be televised in US, is Tomasz Adamek. And I’m fighting him, aren’t I?” – said the WBC champ, who noted that he considers himself undefeated in the heavyweight division because his two losses – against Chris Byrd and Lennox Lewis “happen when I was leading on points and had to retire because of injury.”
“Would you come to the states if you win the title? Or fight Adamek here if you will be defeated?” – I asked. “I don’t like when you say ‘if I defend my title’” – said only half joking Vitali. “Of course I can fight in the States.”
Adamek does not see it the same way and he does not like many specialists assumption than it will be almost impossible for him to win. “First of all, I don’t pay attention what bookies say, it makes no difference,” – said former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion. “Eight years ago nobody give any chance to Corey Sanders when he knocked our Vitali’s brother, Wladimir. They gave him even less chances than they give me now. Nobody also gave any chance to Chris Byrd, but in the end he was the winner. Why the history should not be repeated? I have the utmost respect for Vitali, who came back at age 37 and become world champion. But every great story has an end, and his great story as a champion will end on Saturday. I will do everything to keep WBC in Poland.”
Both fighters will have open media training on Wednesday and on Friday they will be both available for the weigh-in.