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Q&A: Tomasz Adamek

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Kamil Krzaczyński

“I wasn’t worried when reading about the possible Wlad Klitschko-David Haye July agreement. They can and should fight; there is so much money to make for both of them and championship belts to get. I will start worrying only when, and if, Vitali loses his upcoming March 19 bout versus Odlanier Solis,” said Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs), who has an agreement to fight one of the Klitschko brothers in September, in his native Poland. For now, Adamek is working in the old Lennox Lewis training battleground, Poconos Mountains, for his upcoming fight against Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) on April 9 in Newark’s Prudential Center.

Guide us through your working day at the Poconos.

Waking up around 8 AM, making breakfast with my trainer Roger Bloodworth who is an excellent cook, first training around 11, maybe a short nap, and then training around 5 PM. Even when there is sparring, I always add some other form of training in the day, running or maybe working with Tyler Woodman, my strength guy. We have everything here: sauna, swimming pool and solitude, to be ready for Kevin.

Roger does not have to remind you to keep it up with work because you’re fighting “just McBride?”

Never now and he never had to do it in the past. It’s not my way of thinking. It’s impossible for me to say ‘let’s just skip our afternoon sessions, McBride is not Klitschko.’ Impossible.

Many fighters, who achieved less success than you did – two championship belts in two different weight classes in 5 years – decide to slow down, take it easy, enjoy the money and fame. Not you. Why?

I will never get tired of saying that being a religious man, deeply Catholic, makes all the difference. My faith keeps me levelheaded, not to get complacent because I got some championships, because people recognize me on the streets. Faith and a family life. 2011 is my 15 year wedding anniversary, I have two beautiful daughters. How can I not be thankful for it and just work even harder?

You already started your sparring sessions with Roger. Trying something new or just polishing what brought you so far?

Roger knows me very well, there’s no point of experimenting with something that already works. It’s a different story when it comes to making perfect things I do well. There are big differences between our early work together and what we have to do now. In the beginning, I needed 2-3 days to change stuff we did not like. Now it takes minutes, sometimes I will correct myself before even Roger says a word. We are working on seamless transition from changing directions to unloading a dynamic, powerful punching combinations. Quick movement, speed and punching power. I’m working right now with Israel Garcia and there is discussion with two other fighters to keep him company in the ring. Speed and precision is my bread and butter and because of this I’m staying in shape. Right now I’m 217 and plan to have the same weight for McBride and the Klitschkos.

Vitali – your most likely opponent if Vladimir will sign with Haye – praised recently quickness of Odlanier Solis. What would he say if he has to judge you?

No idea – maybe he will have chance to see it himself? I wasn’t worried reading about a possible Wlad Klitschko-David Haye July agreement. They can and should fight; there is so much money to make for both of them, championship belts to get. I will start worrying only when – and if – Vitali will lose his upcoming March 19 bout versus Odlanier Solis. But I highly doubt it will happen.

You could also see recent development as a bonus: your contract states that you should know which of the brothers Klitschko you will fight in September not longer than 90 days before the actual fight date. If Wladimir will sign with Haye for July bout, and Vitali wins against Solis, you will know in couple of weeks.

That’s true but boxing is so unpredictable. I will feel better when we all will just have one fight in front of us. Vitali is older, maybe more vulnerable against smaller, quicker fighters, but again – we will never know until the fight happens. This is why we fight, not give belts during dinner conversations.

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