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Trainer Roger Bloodworth vows Tomasz Adamek will fight for world title again

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Kamil Krzaczyński

“I was pleasantly surprised, how ready Adamek was, how sharp and accurate his punches were. We sat down, discussed the Klitschko fight, what happened and what should happened. Adamek is not done. He wants to get better, learn new things, go to work. This is why I believe he will get another shot. He will fight for another world championship belt again,” stated Roger Bloodworth, trainer of top-5 heavyweight and former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), after their first mini-camp since the Polish fighter lost to Vitali Klitschko in a September WBC title fight in Wroclaw, Poland.

You are not a man who looks for excuses when something goes wrong, like it obviously did in Tomek Adamek’s WBC title fight against Vitali Klitschko. But what went wrong this day? Not everything went the way you and Tomek had thought…

Never does when you lose. I told him before the fight that as long he doesn’t get hit, he has a chance to win the fight. And he got hit really hard in the first three rounds and kind of reverted back to his old style.

What do you mean by old style?

He wanted to fight, brawl, and not box. He never got back on track – he did not move his feet, did not move his head enough. I always say that you fight the way you train but it takes a while to train in a certain style to just go out there and do what you’re supposed to do without thinking about it. After he got hit hard in the third round by Klitschko, who is really, really great in controlling the ring, Vitali was able to do whatever he wanted. Everything happens for the reason. I have to give Klitschko all the credit in the world – it was a case of a good small man versus a good big man. Adamek was not able execute our game plan; Klitschko was able to execute his.

During our numerous conversations before the fight you knew that this caliber of fight was maybe too early for somebody who is a heavyweight for not even two years, but you can’t say no to big money and world title opportunity…

You have the sport of boxing, and the politics and business of boxing, and business was dictating the fight timing and schedule. Of course, I expressed my reservations saying that a year later will be a lot better for Tomek, but I understood that a year later this fight could be not available for him. Tomek was in the position that for him it was the best thing to do.

Are you second guessing yourself?

No, I do not second guess myself or my work we did preparing for Vitali. The moment I start doing this, I will retire. When a fighter loses, everybody is pointing a finger at his trainer. I know this, this is just a part of this business, like it or not.

After the Adamek-Klitschko fight, there was a Lennox Lewis quote saying that you are not a “world class” trainer. You didn’t like it.

I did not because I remember how in 2003 Lennox was beaten by the same Vitali Klitschko, losing every round before the fight was stopped. Will he say that Emanuel Steward, who was in his corner, was not a “world class” trainer? Can you say the same about Freddie Roach, because Manny Pacquiao was looking less than stellar against Juan Manuel Marquez? Of course not. We all know that Steward in 2003 and Freddie in the recent fight did all they can to prepare their fighters. Sometimes it just does not go your way and you have to understand that. This is why they call it a fight.

What does Adamek have to do differently to challenge Klitschko brothers?

Obvious answer will be fight different then the first time. Employ different technique and this is what we were working on for the last two weeks – just give him a chance to compete better than he did in Wroclaw in September. More movement, a slightly different one but I will not give you a blueprint of what we are going to do, you have to wait until the next fight. I want him to fight two, three times before another title shot, not really caring if the guys he will fight will be big or just normal. I would like Tomek to fight good fighters, people who will challenge him.

Skeptics will say that Klitschko will not get smaller and Adamek will not get bigger and have a longer reach…

Actually it was not the reach, it was the sheer size of the guy. He’s six foot seven inches. Big man. He’s also very strong-minded and the two brothers are different because they are different men. We just have to take fight by fight until Tomasz is ready to make another run.

When we spoke in Wroclaw, just after the fight, you were sure that this one-sided loses will not break Adamek’s will to win. Maybe even make him work harder – did you see this after spending two weeks with him?

I was pleasantly surprised, how ready he was, how sharp and accurate his punches were. We sat down, discussed the Klitschko fight, what happened and what should have happened. Adamek is not done. He wants to get better, learn new things, go to work. This is why I believe he will get another shot. He will fight for another world championship belt again.




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