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Tomasz Adamek vs Vyacheslav Glazkov

Saturday,  November 16 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, heavyweight contenders Tomasz Adamek and Vyacheslav Glazkov fight for future title challenges to the Klitschko brothers. The NBC “regular” network is the broadcaster, a big boost for any American fight fans even if both are Eastern Europeans. They fight in America or wherever they can make a good fight and this promises to see plenty of action with both being offensive minded boxer types.

*** This fight has just been officially canceled. Garrett Wilson substitutes for a flu ridden Adamek. Details here:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/glazkov-to-face-garrett-wilson-on-nbc-231042

Young Lion vs Old Lion

Young Lion vs Old Lion

The soon to be 37 years old Adamek at 49-2, 29 KOs, would love to round off that figure at 50-2, 30 KO with a big knockout of the 29 year old Glazkov at 16-0, 11 KO, easier said than done since the young lion usually wins these types of age matchups. 

Adamek is still has most of his powers even with the long mileage. His problem is staying motivated as he stays busy waiting for his chance at title redemption. Glazkov has his hands full with the cagey experience Adamek brings, a huge step up, but the kid is game and the time is now for all concerned. A 12 rounder on NBC, easy to catch most anywhere.

Standing Tall–Tomasz Adamek vs Steve Cunningham

Christmas is coming early for area boxing fans in the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this year. The Sands Casino-Resort is hosting grudge rematch between former cruiserweight champs Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KO) and Steve Cunningham (25-4, 12 KO) Saturday, December 22nd, a chance to see a good action contrast of styles by two top level pros.

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Adamek is the more credentialed as a champion in both lightheavy and cruiserweight divisions and he is more acclimated as a top ranked heavyweight contender,  the division where this battle will be waged. Both are 36 years of age and turned pro within a year of each other, so how is it that Adamek sports almost twice as many wins as the former IBF cruiser champ USS Cunningham?

That is a more sordid revelation of the role promoters and managers play in the career of fighters, so skipping back to Cunningham the fighter, he won his belt the hard way in enemy territory of the hometown favorite Polish legend, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, and Europe is where he’s spent most of his last 5 years, winning a few and losing a few more title matches.

These two are more oriented to old school gentlemen out of the ring, fighters in the ring type of mentality than the current trash talk, thuggish walk type of modern behaviors that promoters sell to the public like cotton candy. As such, there is no actual grudge that I can see other than that Cunningham feels like he was shorted by the judges when they first met that saw Cunningham hit the deck thrice between outboxing Adamek for periods in a thrilling seesaw battle, so here we are with the rematch.

On paper by careers, Adamek is the big favorite to win. No matter the howls of the litters of critics that hound every fighter from the start to finish of their careers, Adamek showed excellent nuance to control the range and pace of Eddie Chambers who reverted back to his losing spoiling tactics against Wlad Klitschko. It was an awkward, ungainly match when Chambers ditched his offense to go on a run after a supposed arm injury.

The last full fight of Cunningham I saw was the Troy Ross fiasco. Ross looked to have taken over that bout before suffering a nasty torn eyelid that was not for squeamish viewing. Cunningham was accused of the thumbing after Ross had knocked him hard to the canvas. Cunningham continued to reprise his canvas pratfalls in consecutive losses to Cuban defector Yoan Pablo Hernandez, a relatively light hitting fighter.

Could be that Cunningham’s punch resistance is on the wane, as good as reason as any for team Adamek to risk a rematch, but Cunningham has some speed and can box and move better than most, so he could cause some troubles if he stays upright. Adamek did look slower than normal against Chambers, perhaps enough for Cunningham to squeeze in more shots.

The stakes are the IBF North American Heavyweight Title and the #2 spot in IBF rankings

Adamek is much closer to the top of his form than is Cunningham, that’s the bottomline skinny going into their fight. Eventually opening tactics will play out and I see them reverting to previous stylistic form with Adamek prevailing, possibly by knockout this time, but, regardless, I see a good fight even if they can’t quite reach the heights of their first memorable encounter.

Adamek Vs Arreola, Fight of the Year?

By Bobby Mac

Two highly regarded heavyweights collide this Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, in what many are picking as a Fight of the Year candidate.

Tomasz “Goral” Adamek is the former two division champion stepping up to his 3rd division in a bid to win a heavyweight title. A win over former challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola guarantees him a title shot within a year. Arreola is in a similar circumstance, hungry for another crack at the title and a win over Adamek would open the doors for him.

Tomasz Adamek

Tomasz Adamek

Goral is Polish for Highlander, a reference to the region where Adamek was raised, but it also connotes an exotic coolness of temperament which describes the Adamek approach to boxing to a T. With a 40-1 career record at age 33 and seemingly in his prime as a boxer, he’s near becoming a legend in boxing that he already is in Poland.

Tomasz can box some, brawl a little, fight inside or out with a little slugging thrown in as his 27 KO victims can attest, but he is never locked into one style, and he’s in no hurry to get anything done. His offense just flows to him when the moment is right, and if he has to take a few steps back, cover on the ropes and take some time off, hey, no big deal to take a rest and reset. He’s smart, patient, and he has an innate fighting sense of which adjustments to make to figure out how to beat very good fighters.

Arreola has the fire to light up Adamek’s coolness, though. He’s an highly charged come forward busy brawler/slugger looking for a trade, a nightmare if you can’t fight him off. At age 29 with a 28-1 record with an 86% KO ratio, he is used to getting his way in the ring and has also become a fan favorite in Southern California, so this donnybrook will be in his stompin’ grounds, a distinct advantage.

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola

Arreola is also the natural heavyweight here, making his debut at 236lbs and at a high of 263 lbs his last bout against the outgunned Brian Minto. Reportedly he’s been in his hardest training camp ever and looking at 240s come weigh-in. We shall see, but he’s sure to have some 20-30lbs on Adamek who’s slated to come in under 220, so while size as measured in bulk may favor Arreola, it’s not clear who will have the advantage in physical strength given that Arreola is prone to corpulence and Adamek’s large frame will be all lean muscle.

Adamek will be the faster fighter of hand and foot, but Arreola has proven to have an excellence sense of timing and surprising quickness for such a bulky man. They are both offensively oriented fighters, so expect the leather to be flying in this one.

The fight won’t be about size, strength, and speed advantages, it will be about style and temperament contrast with only two common denominators, both liking to fight and able to take a good crack to the chin with neither ever being stopped before. What’s more is each style is so unique that neither can find a sparring partner to replicate their styles.

So many unknowns and intangibles in this one, so which style best maximizes the attributes of each fighter to overcome the other?

Goral vs Nightmare

Goral vs Nightmare

We don’t know the definitive answer to that, but I’m guessing the oddsmakers will make Adamek the slight favorite. I also favor Adamek, but this is really the kind of fight that could go either way. An early KO is possible, but I’m thinking the fight enters the later rounds where stamina will play a role. Arreola has never kept the pace at this high level and Adamek has never had to beat down such a big, strong, dangerous fighter as Arreola.

It’s gonna be a corker, so best stay tuned and sober for this one.

Enjoy!