By Alexey Potapov
IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (36-1, 24 KOs), who faces Johnathon Banks (20-0, 14 KOs) tonight on SHOWTIME (11PM ET/PT), has given an exclusive interview Fightnews.com in which he reveals the latest news before the fight and much more.
Hello, Tomasz. How you feel? How are you doing?
I am well, ready for this fight.
Soon you will be in the ring against Johnathon Banks. What does this fight mean to you?
It’s just another fight, it’s my first title defense. It’s a short time after the Cunningham fight so right now I am just happy to be right here in Newark and to show what I can do for all my fans, Polish and American ones.
What can you tell about your opponent? Do you have a lot of information about him? What are his strengths and weaknesses?
I don’t want to speculate. We are going to see what’s going on with Johnathon Banks tomorrow in the ring.
You wish to win by knockout or box 12 rounds?
I wish to win.
How was your preparation for the fight?
Eight weeks of hard work, as usual I was sparring and eight weeks of the training. Just hard work.
Who helped you prepare for this fight?
Zack Page and [some others] from Detroit were my sparring partners. And most important, Andrew Gmitruk my trainer
You had a great fight with Steve Cunningham. He wants rematch with you. Do you want such fight?
I have no problem with fighting Cunningham again. Let them bring a good offer from the TV network. This is a business, this is my job, so when it comes, it comes. I will go into the ring.
You have lost only once, to Chad Dawson. Would you like a rematch?
Yes, of course if Chad Dawson would gain some weight and be a cruiserweight why not?
With whom do you wish to fight most of all?
The more famous the fighter the better, I mean this is how you get recognition, this is how you gain popularity, fighting the most recognizable and famous fighters.
What your plans for the future?
Friday I am fighting Johnathon Banks and that is what I am concentrating on now. What the future holds only God knows. So I don’t what will happen on Saturday or Sunday after the fight. Whatever God will bring will be fine.