Tomasz Adamek Is a New Kind of Opposition for Vitali Klitschko

Vitali SCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Tomasz Adamek punches Steve Cunningham  during their IBF Cruiserweight Championship fight on December 11, 2008 at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Tomask won a split decision.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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With the Vitali Klitschko (42-2-0) vs. Tomasz Adamek (44-1-0) fight coming up on September 10, 2011 in Wroclaw, Poland, many predictions have been made as to what will happen. Most, including myself, believe that Vitali will have no trouble beating Tomasz. However, a question that not too many have asked yet, is whether Tomasz resembles any of Vitali’s previous competition.

To be honest, in terms of ring mobility, I don’t think that Vitali has faced anyone like Adamek for a very long time. Corrie Sanders (42-4-0) in 2004 was the last competitor who would move around the ring and give Klitschko angles and something to chase. Sure Sanders was flat footed, but he did make sure that Vitali had to adjust and readjust himself throughout the fight. 

In the video link posted above, Sanders gets a few decent punches in, despite the fact that he is not an accurate puncher. I believe that if Adamek can keep himself in motion and not let Klitschko set up, he will do much better than most predict. 

Another thing that Adamek does well is throw punches from all angles. It is not that unusual to see him fire with a combination consisting of all different punches. With that skill in possession, Adamek is very well known for consistent pressure once he gets his opponent in trouble. 

I have noticed some people are questioning Adamek’s chin at heavyweight. While I am not 100 percent sold on his ability to take a real hard punch, the Chris Arreola fight demonstrates that he can indeed take hard consistent punches from a natural heavyweight with heavy hands. Arreola did fairly well against Adamek due to his constant pressure and forward motion.

Vitali does not go after his opposition in an aggressive fashion; in fact Vitali is a passive fighter, waiting to counter, otherwise hoping to set up a still standing target with a jab. This may give Adamek more opportunities to do what he has developed as his game-plan. 

Having said all that, I think Klitschko will dominate this fight due to his long reaching jab and ability to adjust in the ring. Despite the fact that Vitali is not a very fluid and natural moving fighter, he does have jolts of offense, most of which turn out to be accurate and successful. 

Essentially, I believe that Vitali will win this fight in a very decisive fashion, but only after he can adjust to Adamek’s new style of fighting. How long will this adjustment take? It could take some time, as I see Adamek attacking Vitali from the get-go, with Vitali constantly moving back while trying to counter. It’s when Adamek stops moving that the fight will turn into a one-sided beat down by Klitschko.