A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Has Tomasz Adamek reached his end?
Tomasz Adamek’s tenure as a world heavyweight title contender was dealt a serious blow following a 12-round unanimous decision defeat to undefeated 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KOs) last Saturday. The bout was an official eliminator that would have led to an eventual guaranteed title shot at unified IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko. Adamek has lost only one fight as a heavyweight and that was when he was stopped by Wladimir’s older brother Vitali Klitschko for the WBC championship in September 2009.
The loss to Glazkov, unfortunately, removes Adamek from one fight away from earning a second world heavyweight title chance to perhaps another 18 months, or three-four significant victories behind. The loss was so devastating that Adamek is seriously considering retirement at age 37.
Adamek suffered a swollen right eye in round two, as Glazkov controlled the fight with his punishing left-jab. However, Adamek, a former WBC light-heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion, rallied by staggering Glazkov in rounds eight and nine. In the final round, Glakov, whose left eye was nearly swollen shut, was almost out on his feet. Adamek nearly pulled-off what would have been a dramatic come-from-behind victory, but Glazkov hung tough to claim his well-deserved decision victory.
The judges had it 117-110, 117-111, and 116-112.
“I have to stop,” Adamek said. “I lose my chance and title shot is impossible. I don’t know right now.”
If this is the end of the road for Adamek, it was a truly an amazing run. Adamek became a significant figure in the heavyweight division without the heavy marketing and exposure of a HBO or SHOWTIME. Adamek became a huge ticket seller at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ where he has a huge Polish following.
Adamek, in September 2011, successfully lured Klitschko out his comfort-zone of fighting predominantly in Germany into defending his WBC title against him in front of more than 40,000 in a soccer stadium in Poland. The fight was so tremendous, arguably the biggest sporting event in Polish sports history, that HBO momentarily showed interest in the heavyweight division by buying the American broadcast TV rights to the fight.
Nothing was easy for Adamek, as he often fought bigger heavyweights then himself that include: Chris Arreola, Michael Grant, Travis Walker, Andrew Golota, and Kevin McBride to name a few.
Perhaps the best fight Adamek had (and arguably so) was his November 2008 cruiserweight title challenge of Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham at the Prudential Center. The nonstop, back-and-forth action changed Adamek’s career for the better, just one year after losing the WBC 175-pound crown to budding Chad Dawson. Adamek went 12-2 as a heavyweight and became a very popular figure. He was always in shape, trained hard, and was tough. Although Adaemk didn’t have a knockout punch, he was a very technical boxer and displayed a lot of skill.
As for Glazkov, the 29 year-old from Ukraine earned the most significant win of his career by besting a former two-division world champion in only 17 professional fights. Adamek entered last Saturday needing only one more win before clinching another world title shot. Adamek has a considerable amount of experience and fight ability and for Glazkov to easily control the fight until the last few rounds was impressive.
Wladimir Klitschko awaits!