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Q&A: Roger Bloodworth

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek

With a week delay, heavyweight championship contender Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs) finally began his training for his December 22 showdown against Steve Cunningham (25-4, 12 KOs) at the Sands Casino Resorts in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast last week, stopped Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth from arriving in New Jersey. Te well respected trainer is with his fighter now, talking about this extraordinary ordeal…

How tough was it to deal with Sandy?

Roger Bloodworth: First of all, it was Sandy dealing with us. And, to some degree, still is. First, all the airports close to our training site were closed, then all the tickets were sold out not many airplanes were flying to New Jersey. We were communicating using Skype, but not for long because Tomasz’ neighborhood had no power, so his laptop was dead. Same happened with his phone service. Now I’m here, but we have another problem – with gas. There’s still something in his fuel tank, but nobody knows for how long it will last.

A lost week of training camp – how important it could be before the Cunningham fight?

Every day of training camp is important. Nobody wants to be in the situation just before the fight saying, ‘I wish I will had another week!.’ Fortunately for us, we started really early, even before Sandy hit the shore and Tomasz is always in an excellent condition. This was my main advice when I was away – keep the conditioning going, do as much shadowboxing as you can. And don’t run between hanging live power lines. No, seriously, we will be fine, 100 percent ready for Steve but it was one of the most unusual training camp circumstances in my 40-year career…

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