By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“I can be defeated by better man, in the ring. There’s nothing wrong with that. But I will not be beaten by my own recklessness, fighting when sick like a dog,” said Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KO) in a Fightnews.com interview. This is the first time in his career he’s had to cancel a bout because of illness. The NBC afternoon boxing card will go on this Saturday (broadcast starts at 2.30 PM EST) with former cruiserweight contender Garrett Wilson (13-6, 7 KO) stepping in for the sick Adamek to fight Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov (15-0, 11 KO) at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
How long were you battling the flu?
Tomasz Adamek: For the last 4-5 days. I had respiratory problems, couldn’t breathe properly but I was thinking that it would be better, because I never cancelled a fight. Never. On Tuesday, when I did some pads with Roger, we had to cancel after a couple of minutes because I got tired so quickly. Wednesday morning I could not get out of bed, but I gave another try, went to the doctor, who just said I have a nasty flu virus. Thursday morning was even worse.
And the decision has been made.
Yes, I informed Main Events that I cannot go to Verona and fight with maybe 30 percent of my strength, not being able to breathe through my stuffed nose. Everybody knows what my boxing style is – constant movement, 60-70 punches a round output. I don’t stand in the middle of the ring, throwing haymakers. I use a lot of energy between the ropes – energy I just don’t have. After I lost my WBC light heavyweight title to Chad Dawson in 2007, when I was facing stomach problems for three straight days before the fight, I promised myself never again go fighting sick. I was 29 years old then, and it did not work for me. Why would it now?
Was there a moment when you thought ‘I’ll give it a shot, let’s see what happens?’ You just finished a perfect training camp; there was a NBC broadcast where in 2012 your fight was watched by more than 2.2 million viewers. Biggest boxing audience of any boxing broadcast this year.
Of course, but then it was the reality of just being too weak to do anything around the house; forget fighting! I can be defeated by better man, in the ring. There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s a sport. But I will not be beaten by my own recklessness, fighting when sick like a dog. Fans should be able to see me perform to the full of my abilities, not when I’m doing a ring walk with drip-bag attached to my arm. Assuming that I would lose against Glazkov – how many people would remember the reason why I lost? Who would care and why should they? When you’re in the ring, you are ready to fight – this is the rule of our sport. No excuses, so I decided not to give myself one. I hope to be in the ring real soon.