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01 NOVEMBER 2014

 

SecondsOut Team Picks: Vitali Klitschko Vs Tomasz Adamek




Tonight at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, Poland WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko defends his title against Polish hero Tomasz Adamek

The bigger and stronger champion from Ukraine starts a heavy favourite but that has not stopped SecondsOut’s fearless army of writers from once again putting their reputations on the line to predict the outcome of this heavyweight battle.

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It really is difficult to envisage any other outcome other than a comprehensive win for Vitali. Tomasz is a very tough opponent for anyone at 175 or 200 pounds but I’m afraid he will not put a dent in the iron chinned Vitali, even a 40 year-old Vitali. Adamek may cause a few problems early on with his speed but I expect Vitali to break him down in the latter part of the fight.

Klitschko tko 10
Clive Bernath
Editor In Chief

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I have been waiting for Tomasz Adamek to get his shot at one of the Klitschko brothers. Against either Ukrainian giant, I give the greatest fighter in Poilsh history an excellent chance. Long before David Haye showed his true colors against Wladimir, I knew it was Adamek who was the true number one challenge at heavyweight. Adamek has very good handspeed for a heavyweight and punches in combination. He’s not as fast as Haye, but his punches are better schooled. Also, his natural tendency is to move forward aggressively. Adamek will be able to get inside on Vitali and land. His footwork is also pretty decent for a big man and he should be able to get out without taking a brutal beating. Unlike Kevin Johnson, Adamek is not afraid to get tagged and will take the necessary risks to land. The question is: will Adamek be able to hold up for twelve rounds? He’s shown signs of struggle against much taller men and Vitali is much better than Michael Grant or Kevin McBride. As a two-division world champion, Adamek has a stronger pedigree than any of Vitali’s previous world title challengers. Will it be able to offset the huge size differential? I believe Adamek will shock the world. Adamek W12 Majority

Adamek pts 12
Derek Bonnett
Connecticut
USA


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I am going against the grain and taking Adamek to win this fight narrowly on points. Vitali is ready to be taken and the Pole’s movement and fitness could be decisive in this one. A professional of Adamek’s stature will know what has to be done and I think he has the skill set to do it. The fact that the fight is in Poland also helps his cause, in terms of the crowd and the officiating.

Adamek pts 12
Tom Gray
Scotland

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This is an interesting fight but I doubt it’ll be exciting. Adamek poses the biggest threat Klitschko has faced in quite some time but he’s not the guy to topple him. I see this unfolding in similar Klitschko fashion: the big Ukrainian will paw with his jab early, keep a safe distance, turn up the power late and tease the viewers with a late rounds knockout, only to play it just safe enough to win a decision. Why deviate from tradition? Klitschko is great but boring. Klitschko by unanimous decision. -- Mike Sloan in Las Vegas

Klitschko pts 12
Mike Sloan
Las Vegas
Nevada
USA

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We all like Adamek, he is very decent fighter, possibly a future Hall of Fame member, but it’s just not his league. He is utterly unable to appreciate how badly Vitaly wants this victory and what Adamek will face in the ring. You have to be Ukrainian to understand it. With all my respect to Adamek, true sportsman and rugged warrior, I feel sorry for the brave Pole.

Klitschko wins tko 9
Dmytro Mossienko
Ukraine

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I have attended a number of Adamek’s recent fights and with the knowledge that Vitali Klitschko is now 40 and maybe a step or two slower, I am tempted to pick Tomasz to out point the champ and win the title, but I won’t. Even though the Polish boxer is fighting at home, I must assume that the judges, who will be assigned from other countries (according to Kathy Duva) will be fair. And that although Adamek did well against recent big opponents, that Klitschko is so much better than those guys, (Grant, McBride, Arreola, et al), that he will prevail by decision in a competitive fight.

Klitschko pts 12
Jerry Glick
New York City
USA
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Unless he sustains some type of injury, Vitali should come out on top via 12 round unanimous decision in his usual a safety first fight. Adamek’s only shot is to take chances, but he really is not a big puncher at heavyweight so, unless Vitali gets real old real fast he should prevail.

Klitschko pts 12
James ‘Smitty’ Smith
In This Corner TV
Las Vegas
USA


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Prediction- I see this fight going similiar to that of Wladimir-Haye. Adamek has the best boxing skills of any Heavyweight, and can take a punch well, as he has shown in his wars with Paul Briggs and fight with Chris Arreola, so an upset is not completley out of the question. However, I cant see Adamek, doing enough to convincingly taking the decision of the champion.

Klitschko pts 12
Adam Santarossa,
Sydney
Australia

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We’ve all heard this before: Klitchsko is facing a guy who will challenge him, a guy who poses a serious threat. Although Ademak is a dangerous fighter, he doesn’t have the physical gifts to beat Klitchsko. He’ll look like a midget next to the champ and we all know what Klitchsko does to shorter fighters. Ademak will face a hailstorm of jabs all night and probably won’t reach the 6’8" Ukrainian. Ademak started his career as a Light Heavyweight and is now trying to beat one of the biggest Heavyweights in modern history. That’s a tall order (all puns intended). Klitchsko will win by Unanimous Decision.

Klitschko pts 12
Tri Nguyen
Alexandria, VA
USA

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Klitschko is too big and competent for Adamek to outbox. Adamek is going to have to get close and he’s going to be hit hard when he does. Klitschko by late KO.

Klitschko ko
Harry Rosenbluth,
California
USA

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If you would have asked me before July 2 my reply would have been the same -- Tomasz Adamek will perform better than David Haye against his one-half of the Klitschko brothers. Of course, what I didn’t know was how easy Haye would make it for Adamek to look better. Nonetheless, none of this means that I believe Adamek will defeat Vitali Klitschko, but I do think Adamek is the best skilled fighter he has faced since his comeback in 2008. Adamek’s height will disservice him as well as what we may very well see is the difference in strength between the two. I’m also not sure Michael Grant, Vinny Maddalone and Kevin McBride are great preparation for the toughest fighter in the heavyweight division, no matter how thin the division may be. In the end I see Adamek displaying heart in front of his Polish faithfuls but not enough to overcome the Klitschko giant.

Klitschko pts 12
José Santana Jr.
Cleveland, Ohio
USA

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"Vitali Klitschko and Tomasz Adamek is probably the best heavyweight fight that can be made right now. However, I don’t think it will turn out to be a very good fight. I expect Klitschko to dominate with his height and reach advantage and score a late stoppage. Adamek will be game early on, but Klitschko will wear him down."

Klitschko W TKO 10
Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh, PA,
USA

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I like Adamek a lot and would pick him against, probably, any other heavyweight out there not named Klitschko. The fact is, despite his skills, he’s just too small when going up against Vitali. Throw in Vitali’s awkward style, concrete chin, and thudding punches and I think we have another prolonged beat down on our hands. The only thing that will beat Klitschko against this crop of heavyweights is father time and an aching body. Adamek will hang tough but it just won’t be enough.

Klitschko TKO 11 Adamek
Matthew Hurley
Boston,
Massachusetts
USA

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I see Vitali eventually proving to be too much for Adamek. While Klitschko can be tagged by moving in close, I think the Pole will expend too much energy while trying to accomplish this. There is the ever-present jab which can at any time be followed by the catastrophic Klitschko right. Vitali TKO 10 or 11.

Klitschko tko 10 or 11
Marc Livitz:
Texas
USA

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Klitschko vs. Adamek is going to be a brawl from start to finish! I have been reading all the buzz about this fight. Vitali describes Tomasz as the strongest fighter and places him right behind Wladimir and himself in fighting ability, says Vitali. My prediction is this fight will go the distance with non stop action, but in the end the win will go to Klitschko.

Klitschko pts 12
Ron Valderrama
Phoenix,
Arizona
USA

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I know that this is going out on a limb, but I’m certain that this fight will be more entertaining than the last time a Klitschko defended his belt. Adamek’s meticulous journey up the weight scale has paid off for him handsomely by landing him the biggest fight in his and his country’s history. The former light heavyweight titlist and cruiserweight champion has beaten physically bigger and taller men in order to prepare for either Klitschko. He was promoted brilliantly by Main Events, and has been established as one of the biggest ticket sellers on the East Coast. However, until further notice, the heavyweight ceiling stops at the Klitschko’s two-headed monster. Adamek will score points and take some rounds early, but he does not have the pop to keep Vitali off of him. Also, Chris Arreola once told me that Vitali looks much easier to hit, until he is standing in front of you. Eventually big brother will catch, hurt, and stop the game Pole.

Klitschko tko 10
Jason Pribila,
Bethlehem
USA

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Adamek is always game. Even when Chad Dawson was dominating him he never stopped pressing the action. Unlike the younger Klitschko, Vitali looks for knockouts. This has the makings of an action fight, but I think Adamek will try to box early. He won’t press until he realizes he’s falling too far behind. By then Vitali will be picking him apart.

Klitschko TKO 10
David Lopez
Downey
California
USA


Klitschko = 15

Adamek = 2



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