Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
“It was like somebody pressed the button and fans again had a chance to see the Tomek Adamek they love and respect. Maybe after losing to Vitali Klitschko Tomek, didn’t believe he could fight like this again – in an exciting, all out warrior style you so seldom see in the heavyweight division. Everything was already said about Adamek – about his heart, dedication, toughness. We saw everything on display today,” said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, after the Adamek-Walker press conference. It was a classic fight, with a definite round of the year candidate, and a happy ending for Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs) who won by fifth round TKO against hard hitting and very well prepared Travis Walker (39-8, 31 KOs).
Tomek, in 2012 you brought back the memories of your classic battles as a light heavyweight with Paul Briggs (2005) and as a cruiserweight against Steve Cunningham (2008). You needed one as a heavyweight?
This is what everybody is telling me, but for me it was just my style of boxing. Only difference was me on the canvas, but if you’re fighting like that, it can happen. You just have to stand up, and try to get the other guy down. And this is what I did, I never quit.
Travis said that he hit you so hard, that in his mind the fight was already over. That he was to anxious to finish you off, and then you hit him with an invisible right.
This is what happened. I also didn’t see the punch that knocked me down. Travis can hit, hit hard with both hands – not only the right. He came to fight, it was an all or nothing affair and I still like this style of fighting.
When he knocked you down, it was 160 seconds to go in the second round. A long 160 seconds?
Just after the punch yes, but you have survive tough times. This is what boxing is all about.
How important was it for you to pay Travis back the same round, knock him down? Did it change the fight?
I don’t know. Maybe. But when my strength was back, I did see that every punch, every combination, took strength from Travis. You could tell watching his eyes. I also know that I have to go forward, dictate what’s going on, not wait for him. So maybe it was important and maybe gave me a chance to get him later. It certainly helped. After this round Roger Bloodworth, my trainer, told me that I’m trying to do too much, too quickly. ‘Just relax, do your thing, just box,’ said Roger in the corner. And I did but you have to give credit for this fight also to Travis. He wanted to fight, he wanted to make it interesting but I have faster hands. This was the difference.
Some critics after last two fights say that you’re different, a more defensive fighter without the special fire. Did you want to prove something today?
I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. My fights like this one today are speaking louder than any statements. All the best to all my fans. This was for all of you.