By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Adamek Team
“I have message for people who think that after Vitali Klitschko I will just cruise along, fighting only for money,” says former IBF cruiserweight and WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), who in his first heavyweight title fight lost to WBC champ Vitali Klitschko. “People who think that don’t know me. If you only fight for money you will lose because we have guaranteed purses before we step into the ring. I want to win, and it will never change.”
For the third time since your September 10 fight against Vitali, you’re spending time with your trainer Roger Bloodworth working on technical aspects of your boxing preparations.
It’s all about fine tuning, catching up with some things I didn’t do well enough to properly challenge the number one heavyweight Vitali Klitschko. People forget that there was only two years between my debut as a heavyweight against Andrew Golota in October of 2009 and my title fight against WBC champion Vitali. Talking about Golota – there are internet rumors that I will fight him again. It will not happen, there’s no point of beating somebody again who I defeated in my first heavyweight fight, when I knew nothing about how to fight in this division. During those years we spent most of the time in the training camps just getting my body ready for the new challenge. We didn’t have too much time to work on technical skills, like hitting with stronger body movement, concentrate more on single powerful punches instead of getting a bunch of them, like was enough in lower weight classes. You can ask Roger how much harder I’m hitting right now with my left hook and straight right. For the next fight I want to a little heavier, maybe around 225 – my body handles the weight much better now.
Critics will say that those “technical sessions” should be done earlier.
And maybe they will be correct, but we couldn’t do everything at once, could we? Watching from the time perspective, everything what I did in the heavyweight division was done in such a quick time, then we got the proposal from Vitali we couldn’t refuse because you cannot say “no” when there’s a chance to make boxing history and I paid for it. But you learn from your mistakes.
Sometimes one fight changes a fighter; there are countless examples of it. When you fought in the light heavyweight division and cruiserweight division, one of your trademarks was mental superiority and fearlessness in the ring. Did the Klitschko fight change you?
Nothing happened to me on September 10 in Wroclaw. I’m fine mentally and physically, nothing has been broken. I’m from the part of the country in Poland where we are tougher every time we lose, nothing can break our will. This is what my nickname “Góral” (Highlander) means. People who doubt me should just look at my career when I lost a fight and the WBC light heavyweight title to Chad Dawson. Doubters were saying that I would never be the same. During the next four years I did not lost a fight, became IBF and undisputed cruiserweight champion and a mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title. I will be fine.
How big a misconception is the thought that you can be successful fighting only for money?
I have message for people who think that after Vitali Klitschko I will just cruise along, fighting only for money. People who think that don’t know me. If you only fight for money, you will lose because we have guaranteed purses before we step into the ring, so the money is already in your pocket. I want to win, and it will never change.
January 11th, 2012