Tomasz Adamek

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Tomasz Adamek
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Adamek with the IBF title, 2008
Statistics
Nickname(s) Góral ("Highlander")
Weight(s)
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Reach191 cm (75 in)
NationalityPolish
Born (1976-12-01) 1 December 1976 (age 44)
Żywiec, Polish People's Republic
Boxing record
Total fights59
Wins53
Wins by KO31
Losses6
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
European Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1998 Minsk Light heavyweight

Tomasz "Tomek" Adamek (Polish pronunciation:  [ˈtɔmaʂ aˈdamɛk] ; born 1 December 1976) is a Polish professional boxer. He is a former world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBC light heavyweight title from 2005 to 2007; and the IBF, and Ring magazine cruiserweight titles from 2008 to 2009. He also held the IBO title in 2007. Additionally he has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2011. BoxRec currently ranks Adamek as the second greatest Polish fighter of all time, pound for pound, only behind Dariusz Michalczewski. [1] He was ranked by BoxRec as the world's top 10 fighter from 2002 to 2006, reaching his career-high ranking of No.2 in 2005, at light heavyweight; [2] No.2 in 2007 and No.1 in 2008 at cruiserweight; [3] and top 10 from 2009 to 2012, reaching his highest ranking of world No.5 in 2009 and 2010, at heavyweight. [4] Three of his victorious fights received a 5-Star rating from BoxRec, each at a different weight class. Adamek is the first Polish winner of both the "Muhammad Ali Giant Athlete Award", and the first Polish boxer to win a Ring title.

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Early life

Adamek was born in Żywiec, Poland, and currently resides in Kearny, New Jersey. [5]

Professional career

Adamek made his professional boxing debut on 13 March 1999 in Manchester, England against Israel Khumalo. He won by TKO in the first round.

Light-heavyweight

WBC light-heavyweight champion

Adamek won the vacant WBC light-heavyweight title defeating Paul "Firepower" Briggs by majority decision on 21 May 2005. The fight was described by some as one of the most brutal in recent memory, as Briggs suffered a large cut above his left eye early in the fight and Adamek bled profusely from his nose for much of the fight as well. Adamek tended to be the aggressor and won the fight.

On 15 October 2005, he defended his title against German boxer Thomas Ulrich by knockout in Round 6.

He then defended his title in a rematch with Paul Briggs in 2006, again winning by majority decision. After the fight Jim Lampley said that Adamek vs Briggs I and II was the best combined 24 rounds he has ever seen.

Adamek vs. Dawson

Undefeated Adamek with 31-0 (21 KO) lost his first fight by unanimous decision to Chad Dawson on 3 February 2007. During that fight, Adamek was knocked down in the seventh round; this was only the second time in his career he has been knocked down (upon slow-motion replay, Adamek was shown to have tripped on Dawson's foot after the body shot). Adamek, well behind on points, provided some drama by suddenly dropping Dawson in the 10th round but Dawson fended off the onslaught that followed, and won a clear-cut points decision. Immediately following the loss to Dawson, Adamek decided to move up in the cruiserweight division.

Cruiserweight

After losing to Dawson, Adamek moved up to cruiserweight to beat Luis Andres Pineda by technical knockout in round seven. He defeated Josip Jalusic on 29 December 2007 in Germany.

Adamek vs. Bell

On 19 April 2008, in Poland, Adamek fought former undisputed cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell in an IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator. Adamek floored Bell in round one and had good success by outboxing Bell. Bell opted not to come out for round eight, citing that he felt dizzy and ill.

IBF and lineal cruiserweight champion

In December 2008 he fought the then reigning champion Steve Cunningham at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Knocking a game Cunningham down three times, he won the IBF and vacant lineal cruiserweight titles in a bout many thought was the fight of the year. [6]

Adamek successfully defended his title against Johnathon Banks on 27 February 2009, at the Prudential Center in Newark. He won with a brutal TKO in the 8th Round. He then went on to defeat Bobby Gunn before a large crowd at the Prudential Center on 11 July 2009, with the referee stopping the bout at the ring physician's advice between rounds four and five.

He vacated the IBF title on 18 October 2009, choosing to move up to the heavyweight division. [7]

Heavyweight

On 24 October 2009 in Łódź, Poland, Adamek defeated Andrew Golota by TKO in the fifth round to win the IBF "International" Heavyweight Title. Then, on 6 February 2010 in Newark's Prudential Center he defeated Jason Estrada by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

Adamek (40-1; 27 KO) then took on fellow heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (28-1; 25 KO) on 24 April 2010, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California California. The bout was televised as part of Boxing After Dark . The Polish fighter won a twelve-round majority decision, with the scores of 114–114, 115–113, and 117–111. A day before the bout, Arreola weighed 250½ pounds, while Adamek was 217.

Klitschko and Adamek, during signing for the fight in 2011 Adamek and Klitschko.jpg
Klitschko and Adamek, during signing for the fight in 2011

Adamek defeated veteran American Michael Grant by unanimous decision on 21 August 2010. [8] In his first fight of 2011, Adamek defeated Irishman Kevin McBride by a wide unanimous decision.

Adamek vs. Vitali Klitschko

On 10 September 2011 Adamek faced the WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Poland, losing by TKO in the 10th round, in the first ever PPV fight in Polish TV history. [9] [10] The referee stopped the bout after Adamek received punishing blows and was ruled out, as he was no longer able to defend himself.

Post-Klitschko fights

Adamek returned on 24 March 2012, after signing a contract with Main Events, defeating Nagy Aguilera by unanimous decision. He then agreed to face former heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers. Both Adamek and Chambers were praised for taking the fight with no world title nor mandatory position on the line. [11] [12] Coming into the fight, Adamek was ranked No.3 heavyweight contender by The Ring, while Chambers, having had only one fight in two years and three months, was unranked by the publication. [13] The fight was the main event of the Fight Night card on NBC Sports. In the opening rounds, both fighters were trading shots, with Chambers landing the most meaningful punches. During the first round, Chambers torn his bicep in the left arm, [14] [15] and often switched between orthodox and southpaw stances throughout the rest of the fight, throwing shots almost exclusively with the right hand, mostly connecting with overhand punches. [13] [16] Adamek was more active since round 3, frequently switching up from counterpuncher to aggressor. The bout lasted full twelve rounds, with Adamek being declared the winner by unanimous decision with scores 116–112 (twice) and 119–109. [17] [14] According to CompuBox, 1,381 punches were thrown, with Chambers landing 152 punches out of 462 thrown (32.9% accuracy), while Adamek landed 134 punches out of 919 (14.6%). [18]

Adamek defeated Travis Walker on 8 September 2012 via fifth-round technical knockout at 1:51 due to a stoppage by the referee.

Adamek defeated Steve Cunningham in a very close and somewhat controversial split decision on 22 December 2012. Initially, the result was a draw, but after noticing a mathematical miscalculation in the judges scorecards, Adamek was declared the winner. On 15 March 2014 Adamek was defeated by Vyacheslav Glazkov by unanimous decision after 12 rounds, losing his IBF North American heavyweight title .

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
59 fights53 wins6 losses
By knockout313
By decision223
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
59Loss53–6 Flag of the United States.svg Jarrell Miller TKO2 (12), 0:516 Oct 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois, US
58Win53–5 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Abell TKO7 (10), 2:3321 Apr 2018 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Sportowa, Częstochowa, PolandRetained Poland International heavyweight title
57Win52–5 Flag of Cameroon.svg Fred KassiUD1018 Nov 2017 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Sportowa, Częstochowa, PolandWon vacant Poland International heavyweight title
56Win51–5 Flag of New Zealand.svg Solomon Haumono UD1024 Jun 2017 Flag of Poland.svg Ergo Arena, Gdańsk, Poland
55Loss50–5 Flag of the United States.svg Éric Molina KO10 (12), 3:002 Apr 2016 Flag of Poland.svg Tauron Arena, Kraków, PolandFor vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
54Win50–4 Flag of Poland.svg Przemysław Saleta RTD5 (10), 3:0026 Sep 2015 Flag of Poland.svg Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
53Loss49–4 Flag of Poland.svg Artur Szpilka UD108 Nov 2014 Flag of Poland.svg Tauron Arena, Kraków, PolandFor vacant IBF International and Poland International heavyweight titles
52Loss49–3 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vyacheslav Glazkov UD1215 Mar 2014 Flag of the United States.svg Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USLost IBF North American heavyweight title
51Win49–2 Flag of the United States.svg Dominick Guinn UD103 Aug 2013 Flag of the United States.svg Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US
50Win48–2 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Cunningham SD1222 Dec 2012 Flag of the United States.svg Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USRetained IBF North American heavyweight title
49Win47–2 Flag of the United States.svg Travis Walker TKO5 (12), 1:088 Sep 2012 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USRetained IBF North American heavyweight title
48Win46–2 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Chambers UD1216 Jun 2012 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USWon vacant IBF North American heavyweight title
47Win45–2 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Nagy Aguilera UD1024 Mar 2012 Flag of the United States.svg Aviator Sports and Events Center, New York City, New York, US
46Loss44–2 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vitali Klitschko TKO10 (12), 2:20 10 Sep 2011 Flag of Poland.svg Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, PolandFor WBC heavyweight title
45Win44–1 Flag of Ireland.svg Kevin McBride UD129 Apr 2011 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USRetained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles
44Win43–1 Flag of the United States.svg Vinny Maddalone TKO5 (12), 2:179 Dec 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USRetained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles
43Win42–1 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Grant UD1221 Aug 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USRetained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles
42Win41–1 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Arreola MD1224 Apr 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USRetained IBF International heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBO–NABO heavyweight title
41Win40–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jason Estrada UD126 Feb 2010 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USRetained IBF International heavyweight title
40Win39–1 Flag of Poland.svg Andrew Golota TKO5 (12), 1:2024 Oct 2009 Flag of Poland.svg Atlas Arena, Łódź, PolandWon vacant IBF International heavyweight title
39Win38–1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Bobby Gunn RTD4 (12), 3:0011 Jul 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USRetained IBF, and The Ring cruiserweight titles
38Win37–1 Flag of the United States.svg Johnathon Banks TKO8 (12), 1:3027 Feb 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USRetained IBF, and The Ring cruiserweight titles
37Win36–1 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Cunningham SD1211 Dec 2008 Flag of the United States.svg Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USWon IBF and vacant The Ring cruiserweight titles
36Win35–1 Flag of the United States.svg Gary GomezRTD7 (10), 0:0111 Jul 2008 Flag of the United States.svg Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, US
35Win34–1 Flag of Jamaica.svg O'Neil Bell TKO8 (12)19 Apr 2008 Flag of Poland.svg Spodek, Katowice, Poland
34Win33–1 Flag of Croatia.svg Josip JalusicUD829 Dec 2007 Flag of Germany.svg Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany
33Win32–1 Flag of Panama.svg Luis Andres PinedaTKO7 (12)9 Jun 2007 Flag of Poland.svg Spodek, Katowice, PolandWon vacant IBO cruiserweight title
32Loss31–1 Flag of the United States.svg Chad Dawson UD123 Feb 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, USLost WBC light heavyweight title
31Win31–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Briggs MD127 Oct 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, USRetained WBC light heavyweight title
30Win30–0 Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Ulrich KO6 (12), 1:5715 Oct 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Mehrzweckhalle Süd, Düsseldorf, GermanyRetained WBC light heavyweight title
29Win29–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Briggs MD1221 May 2005 Flag of the United States.svg United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USWon vacant WBC light heavyweight title
28Win28–0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Ismail AbdoulUD810 Sep 2004 Flag of Poland.svg Blue City, Warsaw, Poland
27Win27–0 Flag of Russia.svg Dzhabrail DzhabrailovKO5 (12), 0:4317 Apr 2004 Flag of Finland.svg Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, FinlandWon vacant WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title
26Win26–0 Flag of France.svg Olivier BeardTKO3 (10)20 Dec 2003 Flag of Poland.svg BBTS Wlokniarz Hall, Bielsko-Biała, Poland
25Win25–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ed DaltonKO2 (12), 2:144 Oct 2003 Flag of Finland.svg Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, FinlandWon vacant IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title
24Win24–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Roberto CoelhoUD830 Aug 2003 Flag of Germany.svg Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
23Win23–0 Flag of Hungary.svg Zoltán Béres UD66 Apr 2003 Flag of Spain.svg Palacio de Deportes, Benidorm, Spain
22Win22–0 Flag of Estonia.svg Andrei KarstenTKO2 (6)15 Feb 2003 Flag of Finland.svg Töölö Sports Hall, Helsinki, Finland
21Win21–0 Flag of Armenia.svg Varuzhan DavtyanRTD4 (6), 3:0014 Dec 2002 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Telewest Arena, Newcastle, England
20Win20–0 Flag of the United States.svg Laverne Clark TKO3 (12)18 Oct 2002 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Kozienice, PolandWon vacant Poland International light heavyweight title
19Win19–0 Flag of Romania.svg Mihai IftodeUD827 Jul 2002 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Milenium, Kołobrzeg, Poland
18Win18–0 Flag of Belarus.svg Siarhei KaranevichUD1024 May 2002 Flag of Poland.svg Płońsk, PolandWon vacant WBCCISBB light heavyweight titles
17Win17–0 Flag of the United States.svg Willie McDonaldTKO3 (6)6 Apr 2002 Flag of Poland.svg Łódź, Poland
16Win16–0 Flag of Belarus.svg Dzianis SalomkaTKO5 (6)23 Feb 2002 Flag of Poland.svg OSiR, Włocławek, Poland
15Win15–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ruslan HladkykhUD629 Dec 2001 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Konin, Poland
14Win14–0 Flag of Montenegro.svg Zdravko KosticUD1010 Nov 2001 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Włocławek, Poland
13Win13–0 Flag of Russia.svg Timofey MaklakovTKO3 (10)11 Aug 2001 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Jaworzno, Poland
12Win12–0 Flag of Romania.svg Ion VoicaKO1 (6)18 May 2001 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Warsaw, Poland
11Win11–0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Rudi LupoUD102 Mar 2001 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Warsaw, PolandWon IBC Inter-Continental light heavyweight title
10Win10–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Nino CiriloTKO3 (8)3 Nov 2000 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Nowy Dwór, Poland
9Win9–0 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Stanislav SchreiberTKO3 (10)14 Oct 2000 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Dębica, Poland
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Glenn OdemTKO4 (6)10 Jun 2000 Flag of Poland.svg Sport Hall, Elbląg, Poland
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Terry FordTKO3 (6)25 Mar 2000 Flag of Poland.svg Białystok, Poland
6Win6–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mark Lee DawsonTKO3 (6)21 Feb 2000 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Melvin WynnTKO3 (6)10 Dec 1999 Flag of Poland.svg Warsaw, Poland
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Whaley-ElTKO4 (6)22 Oct 1999 Flag of Poland.svg Legia na Bemowie Hall, Warsaw, Poland
3Win3–0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Milko StoikovTKO3 (6)26 Jun 1999 Flag of Poland.svg Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland
2Win2–0 Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Smokey EnisonTKO2 (4), 2:5029 Apr 1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg York Hall, London, England
1Win1–0 Flag of South Africa.svg Israel KhumaloTKO1 (4), 2:1513 Mar 1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Joe Gatti
IBC Inter-Continental
light heavyweight champion

2 March 2001 – October 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Prince Badi Ajamu
Vacant
Title last held by
Milorad Dukovic
WBCCISBB
light heavyweight champion

24 May 2002 – June 2002
Vacated
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Title next held by
Andrey Shkalikov
New title Poland International
light heavyweight champion

18 October 2002 – 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Grzegorz Soszyński
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Title last held by
Vadym Safonov
IBF Inter-Continental
light heavyweight champion

4 October 2003 – January 2004
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Title next held by
Vadym Safonov
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Title last held by
Zsolt Erdei
WBO Inter-Continental
light heavyweight champion

17 April 2004 – May 2005
Vacated
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Title next held by
Stipe Drews
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Title last held by
Alexey Soloviev
IBF International
heavyweight champion

24 October 2009 – September 2011
Vacated
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Title next held by
Kubrat Pulev
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Title last held by
Brian Minto
WBO–NABO
heavyweight champion

24 April 2010 – August 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Amir Mansour
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Title last held by
Amir Mansour
IBF North American
heavyweight champion

16 June 2012 – 15 March 2014
Succeeded by
Vyacheslav Glazkov
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Title last held by
Mike Mollo
Poland International
heavyweight champion

18 November 2017 – present
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Minor world boxing titles
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Title last held by
Carl Thompson
IBO cruiserweight champion
9 June 2007 – 27 February 2009
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Danny Green
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Vacant
Title last held by
Antonio Tarver
WBC light heavyweight champion
21 May 2005 – 3 February 2007
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Chad Dawson
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Steve Cunningham
IBF cruiserweight champion
11 December 2008 – 18 October 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Cunningham
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Title last held by
David Haye
The Ring cruiserweight champion
11 December 2008 – 18 October 2009
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