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Tomasz Adamek: No more kamikaze style for me

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek

“I know exactly what the media and my supporters expect from me in the Grano fight. A knockout, maybe even a quick one. Easy to say for writers like you – a laptop doesn’t hit back. I want the same but will not go into unnecessary punch exchanges to make it happen and this is not how it works anyway. I will never be a kamikaze like I was in my Paul Briggs fights – get hit with ten punches, hit back with 11. I hope people understand difference between punches in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions,” said former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek in a Fightnews.com interview. Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs), who after an almost seven month absence comes back against Tony Grano (20-3, 16 KOs) on August 3 at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut.

I know fans who after seeing your last pictures were convinced that this is a nice digital manipulation. You looked like cruiserweight.

Almost like cruiserweight, and Photoshop was not needed. It’s a hot summer, I have Roger Bloodworth with me for almost 9 weeks already. Add six training sessions a week and you know what’s happening. No special diet, nothing. Just work.

Aren’t you jumping from one extreme to another? First, one of the longest breaks of your extremely busy heavyweight career (11 fights in 3 years), then such a long training camp?

We know each other very well by now. If I feel overly tired, we stop, take a break, do something else. I paid the price last year, when I wanted to do too much, too quickly. I was winning the fights, but not in the way I wanted. Everybody knows that I’m a better fighter than for example in the Steve Cunningham rematch, last December. But this was the past, 2013 will be a back to be myself story again. I owe this to myself, my fans and Roger. I know that he has other offers but wants to give me 100 percent of his time. I value that.

Could you go back to fighting with no more than 220 pounds? This is what we should expect for Tony Grano?

Why not? After training, my weight rarely excides 218 pounds. I feel great, my speed is back, movement is here, full package. I know my fans are very critical when it comes to my weight, every ounce counts for them, but for me a couple of pounds one way or another will not matter.

Supporters and boxing media expect a knockout at the Mohegan Sun. Do you care how you beat Tony Grano?

I know exactly what the media and my supporters expect from me in the Grano fight. A knockout, maybe even a quick one. Easy to say for writers like you – a laptop doesn’t hit back. I want the same but will not go into unnecessary exchanges to make it happen and this is not how it works anyway. I will never be a kamikaze like I was in my Paul Briggs fights – get hit with ten punches, hit him with 11. I hope people understand difference between punches in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. And Tony, from what I hear, is working hard in Florida. You have to treat everybody like you fighting a world champion. It’s a cliché, but it works every time.

You are not announcing a defensive Tomasz Adamek? It even sounds strange.

No way! Did you see me running? Ever? It will never happen. I always try, even when nothing is going my way from the beginning, like the Vitali Klitschko fight. Just wait and see.

You will be sparring with heavyweight prospect Vyacheslaw Glazkov, who – on paper – looks like tougher guy than Tony Grano.

On paper – we don’t know that. Anyway, I’m always laughing when fighters are talking about their training camp, how great sparring was, how many fighters they destroyed in the gym. It doesn’t matter. How can you compare controlled fights when wearing head gear, giant gloves and there’s no pressure to the real thing? A fight night? We all know that there are guys out there who would be multiple champions if you can get a belt in the gym. Glazkov is a great guy, an undefeated, outstanding fighter. A good combination when you getting ready for the fight.

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Heavyweight Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will take on Tony Grano in a ten-round bout as part of the August 3rd “Three To See” card at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. In the main event Curtis Stevens and Saul Roman will clash for 10-rounds in a middleweight war. Also co-featured will be a 10-round cruiserweight battle between Eddie Chambers and Thabiso Mchunu. NBC Sports Network Fight Night will telecast the August 3rd show beginning 10:30PM EDT.




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