Friday, June 28, 2013
Adamek feels fresh after layoff
By Dan Rafael
After taking time off to rest, heavyweight Tomasz Adamek is once again ready to fight for a title.
Tomasz Adamek has thrived on staying busy. He has, for the past few years, been one of the busiest heavyweight contenders.
In 2010 and 2012 he fought four times apiece, which is considered a lot in this era. Each year from 2007 to 2012 he fought at least three times except in 2011, when he fought twice because it was the year he challenged heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko and when those big fights happen it is not unusual for a fighter to limit his activity while the logistics are worked out.
Adamek was stopped in the 10th round by Klitschko, but it did not slow down his schedule last year, although two of his wins were somewhat controversial in 2012 -- decisions against Eddie Chambers and Steve Cunningham.
After the Cunningham fight in December, it was clear that Adamek, a former cruiserweight and light heavyweight titleholder, needed a break. Now he and his team say he is re-charged and ready to go again when he faces brawler Tony Grano (20-3-1, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder on Aug. 3 (NBC Sports Net) at the Mohegan Sun resort in Uncasville, Conn.
"After a busy last year, there was time for a rest," Adamek said on Thursday at a news conference in Garfield, N.J. "I was resting for a couple of months, but I came back to the gym with [trainer] Roger [Bloodworth] and we've spent over 10 weeks in the gym [already]. I'm fresh and ready for a comeback.
"I'm sure Tony Grano is a good fighter. He is a puncher, but I'm not afraid. I'm not a chicken. I want to beat him. He brings everything into the ring, but I'm ready for everything. I respect every opponent, but I want to win this fight and I'm looking for title fights again. That is my goal."
Said Bloodworth, "Tomasz has been off for a while, but he has not been idle. We've been working on a lot of things. It's been a good camp so far. I anticipate a good fight. This Tony Grano comes to fight, and Tomasz comes to fight. So I'm expecting a great fight."
During his time off, Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs), whose contract with Main Events had expired, went shopping for a new deal. The grass was not greener on the other side and he re-signed with Main Events, which has promoted him since 2008.
"We are going to see Tomasz Adamek perform again, and we all know what that means," Main Events chief executive Kathy Duva said. "Excitement, action, fun, thrills. He's going to be fighting a hometown fighter. Tony Grano comes from Connecticut. So for a change, there's going to be people on both sides cheering."
Adamek's bout is part of the "Fight Night" tripleheader. Middleweight Curtis Stevens (24-3, 17 KOs) will face Saul Roman (37-9, 31 KOs) in the main event and Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs), the longtime heavyweight contender who is moving down to cruiserweight, will square off with Thabiso Mchunu (13-1, 10 KOs).