Adamek with the IBF title, 2008
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Reach||191 cm (75 in)|
|Born||1 December 1976|
Żywiec, Polish People's Republic
|Wins by KO||31|
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. 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; No.2 in 2007 and No.1 in 2008 at cruiserweight; and top 10 from 2009 to 2012, reaching his highest ranking of world No.5 in 2009 and 2010, at heavyweight. 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.
Adamek was born in Żywiec, Poland, and currently resides in Kearny, New Jersey.
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Adamek made his professional boxing debut on 13 March 1999 in Manchester, England against Israel Khumalo. He won by TKO in the first round.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adamek defeated veteran American Michael Grant by unanimous decision on 21 August 2010.In his first fight of 2011, Adamek defeated Irishman Kevin McBride by a wide unanimous decision.
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.The referee stopped the bout after Adamek received punishing blows and was ruled out, as he was no longer able to defend himself.
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.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. 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, 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. 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. 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%).
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 .
|59 fights||53 wins||6 losses|
|59||Loss||53–6||Jarrell Miller||TKO||2 (12), 0:51||6 Oct 2018||Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois, US|
|58||Win||53–5||Joey Abell||TKO||7 (10), 2:33||21 Apr 2018||Hala Sportowa, Częstochowa, Poland||Retained Poland International heavyweight title|
|57||Win||52–5||Fred Kassi||UD||10||18 Nov 2017||Hala Sportowa, Częstochowa, Poland||Won vacant Poland International heavyweight title|
|56||Win||51–5||Solomon Haumono||UD||10||24 Jun 2017||Ergo Arena, Gdańsk, Poland|
|55||Loss||50–5||Éric Molina||KO||10 (12), 3:00||2 Apr 2016||Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland||For vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|54||Win||50–4||Przemysław Saleta||RTD||5 (10), 3:00||26 Sep 2015||Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland|
|53||Loss||49–4||Artur Szpilka||UD||10||8 Nov 2014||Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland||For vacant IBF International and Poland International heavyweight titles|
|52||Loss||49–3||Vyacheslav Glazkov||UD||12||15 Mar 2014||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US||Lost IBF North American heavyweight title|
|51||Win||49–2||Dominick Guinn||UD||10||3 Aug 2013||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, US|
|50||Win||48–2||Steve Cunningham||SD||12||22 Dec 2012||Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US||Retained IBF North American heavyweight title|
|49||Win||47–2||Travis Walker||TKO||5 (12), 1:08||8 Sep 2012||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Retained IBF North American heavyweight title|
|48||Win||46–2||Eddie Chambers||UD||12||16 Jun 2012||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Won vacant IBF North American heavyweight title|
|47||Win||45–2||Nagy Aguilera||UD||10||24 Mar 2012||Aviator Sports and Events Center, New York City, New York, US|
|46||Loss||44–2||Vitali Klitschko||TKO||10 (12), 2:20||10 Sep 2011||Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland||For WBC heavyweight title|
|45||Win||44–1||Kevin McBride||UD||12||9 Apr 2011||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Retained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles|
|44||Win||43–1||Vinny Maddalone||TKO||5 (12), 2:17||9 Dec 2010||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Retained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles|
|43||Win||42–1||Michael Grant||UD||12||21 Aug 2010||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Retained IBF International and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles|
|42||Win||41–1||Chris Arreola||MD||12||24 Apr 2010||Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, US||Retained IBF International heavyweight title;|
Won vacant WBO–NABO heavyweight title
|41||Win||40–1||Jason Estrada||UD||12||6 Feb 2010||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Retained IBF International heavyweight title|
|40||Win||39–1||Andrew Golota||TKO||5 (12), 1:20||24 Oct 2009||Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland||Won vacant IBF International heavyweight title|
|39||Win||38–1||Bobby Gunn||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||11 Jul 2009||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Retained IBF, and The Ring cruiserweight titles|
|38||Win||37–1||Johnathon Banks||TKO||8 (12), 1:30||27 Feb 2009||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Retained IBF, and The Ring cruiserweight titles|
|37||Win||36–1||Steve Cunningham||SD||12||11 Dec 2008||Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US||Won IBF and vacant The Ring cruiserweight titles|
|36||Win||35–1||Gary Gomez||RTD||7 (10), 0:01||11 Jul 2008||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, US|
|35||Win||34–1||O'Neil Bell||TKO||8 (12)||19 Apr 2008||Spodek, Katowice, Poland|
|34||Win||33–1||Josip Jalusic||UD||8||29 Dec 2007||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany|
|33||Win||32–1||Luis Andres Pineda||TKO||7 (12)||9 Jun 2007||Spodek, Katowice, Poland||Won vacant IBO cruiserweight title|
|32||Loss||31–1||Chad Dawson||UD||12||3 Feb 2007||Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, US||Lost WBC light heavyweight title|
|31||Win||31–0||Paul Briggs||MD||12||7 Oct 2006||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, US||Retained WBC light heavyweight title|
|30||Win||30–0||Thomas Ulrich||KO||6 (12), 1:57||15 Oct 2005||Mehrzweckhalle Süd, Düsseldorf, Germany||Retained WBC light heavyweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||Paul Briggs||MD||12||21 May 2005||United Center, Chicago, Illinois, US||Won vacant WBC light heavyweight title|
|28||Win||28–0||Ismail Abdoul||UD||8||10 Sep 2004||Blue City, Warsaw, Poland|
|27||Win||27–0||Dzhabrail Dzhabrailov||KO||5 (12), 0:43||17 Apr 2004||Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Olivier Beard||TKO||3 (10)||20 Dec 2003||BBTS Wlokniarz Hall, Bielsko-Biała, Poland|
|25||Win||25–0||Ed Dalton||KO||2 (12), 2:14||4 Oct 2003||Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland||Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Roberto Coelho||UD||8||30 Aug 2003||Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany|
|23||Win||23–0||Zoltán Béres||UD||6||6 Apr 2003||Palacio de Deportes, Benidorm, Spain|
|22||Win||22–0||Andrei Karsten||TKO||2 (6)||15 Feb 2003||Töölö Sports Hall, Helsinki, Finland|
|21||Win||21–0||Varuzhan Davtyan||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||14 Dec 2002||Telewest Arena, Newcastle, England|
|20||Win||20–0||Laverne Clark||TKO||3 (12)||18 Oct 2002||Sport Hall, Kozienice, Poland||Won vacant Poland International light heavyweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Mihai Iftode||UD||8||27 Jul 2002||Hala Milenium, Kołobrzeg, Poland|
|18||Win||18–0||Siarhei Karanevich||UD||10||24 May 2002||Płońsk, Poland||Won vacant WBC–CISBB light heavyweight titles|
|17||Win||17–0||Willie McDonald||TKO||3 (6)||6 Apr 2002||Łódź, Poland|
|16||Win||16–0||Dzianis Salomka||TKO||5 (6)||23 Feb 2002||OSiR, Włocławek, Poland|
|15||Win||15–0||Ruslan Hladkykh||UD||6||29 Dec 2001||Sport Hall, Konin, Poland|
|14||Win||14–0||Zdravko Kostic||UD||10||10 Nov 2001||Sport Hall, Włocławek, Poland|
|13||Win||13–0||Timofey Maklakov||TKO||3 (10)||11 Aug 2001||Sport Hall, Jaworzno, Poland|
|12||Win||12–0||Ion Voica||KO||1 (6)||18 May 2001||Sport Hall, Warsaw, Poland|
|11||Win||11–0||Rudi Lupo||UD||10||2 Mar 2001||Sport Hall, Warsaw, Poland||Won IBC Inter-Continental light heavyweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Nino Cirilo||TKO||3 (8)||3 Nov 2000||Sport Hall, Nowy Dwór, Poland|
|9||Win||9–0||Stanislav Schreiber||TKO||3 (10)||14 Oct 2000||Sport Hall, Dębica, Poland|
|8||Win||8–0||Glenn Odem||TKO||4 (6)||10 Jun 2000||Sport Hall, Elbląg, Poland|
|7||Win||7–0||Terry Ford||TKO||3 (6)||25 Mar 2000||Białystok, Poland|
|6||Win||6–0||Mark Lee Dawson||TKO||3 (6)||21 Feb 2000||Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Melvin Wynn||TKO||3 (6)||10 Dec 1999||Warsaw, Poland|
|4||Win||4–0||Kevin Whaley-El||TKO||4 (6)||22 Oct 1999||Legia na Bemowie Hall, Warsaw, Poland|
|3||Win||3–0||Milko Stoikov||TKO||3 (6)||26 Jun 1999||Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland|
|2||Win||2–0||Smokey Enison||TKO||2 (4), 2:50||29 Apr 1999||York Hall, London, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Israel Khumalo||TKO||1 (4), 2:15||13 Mar 1999||Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, England|
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| IBC Inter-Continental|
light heavyweight champion
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| WBC–CISBB |
light heavyweight champion
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