By Luke Furman, photos by bokser.org
Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland - In the main event, former two division champion Tomasz Adamek (51-5, 30 KO) returned after a layoff of just over a year to win a ten round unanimous decision over Solomon Haumono (24-4-2, 21 KO).
Adamek, even at this advanced stage of his career, was too good for Haumono. The scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91.
Adamek had been out of the ring since getting knocked out in ten rounds by Eric Molina last April in Krakow. Adamek actually retired following that loss and appeared to be done with his career, but by the end of 2016 he began discussing the idea of coming back.
Haumono had been out of the ring since last July, when he was knocked out in four rounds by current WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
In the co-feature, former WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KO) was back in full force by stopping previously undefeated Hizni Altunkaya (29-1, 17 KOs) in six rounds. Glowacki was originally scheduled to face Brian Howard (12-1, 9 KO).
For Glowacki, it will be his first fight since losing a twelve round decision, and his WBO title, to Oleksandr Usyk last September. He wants to work his way back to another world title opportunity very soon.
In a crossroads fight, a battle of cruiserweights saw Mateusz Masternak (39-4, 26 KO) continue his comeback with a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Ismail Sillakh (25-4, 19 KO). The scores were 96-92, 95-93, 95-93.
Both fighters were looking for a big win to continue a potential run to a title shot. And both boxers were highly touted amateurs and being pushed heavily in the pro ranks before each suffered his first career defeat.
Also on the card, undefeated prospect Maciej Sulecki (25-0, 10 KO) continued his progression by scoring three knockdowns and taking out Damian Bonelli (24-2, 22 KOs) in three rounds of action.
After a two week stay in Poland I have many good memories left. I surely won’t forget my visits to Tomaszowie, Mazowieckie, Spale, Pisaczno, Warszawa, Torun and Biala Podlaska. Boxing fans can always count on my pictures with autographs. I have received many requests from my fans and I appreciate the support. I would like to thank everyone that I saw in Poland once again, I will never forget the warmth and sympathy I received from everyone. I would also like to thank the president of the International Police Association, Arkadiusz Skrzypczakow for giving me an honorary IPA member title. I would also like to dedicate a separate thanks to the organizer of all my meetings- my sponsor, Las Vegas Energy Drink. Now everything is behind me.
I have finished a long training period after being away from the ring for a few months. I feel refreshed and ready to be back in the ring again. After many tribulations we have finally found someone to be my opponent on August 3rd. Dominick Alexander Guinn, with whom I have sparred with many times before, will be stepping into the ring with me.
Before my fight with Arreola I trained for a few weeks with Ronni Shields. Dominick Guinn was one of my sparring partners. Tall, built well and a strong boxer. His defense is very strong. It is hard to hit him with a clean, strong hit because he knows how to protect himself. He has never lost by a K.O. in his whole career.
On last Thursday (June 27,2013) my promoters organized the first press conference before the August 3rd fight with Tony Grano. The conference took place in the well known Polish club, Wisla in Garfield. My opponent Tony Grano did not interrupt his training and therefore did not show up to the conference. I think that the meeting with the reporters was very fruitful, even after my long break.