By: Anthony “Zute” George
Heavyweight contender Toamsz Adamek (47-2, 28) survived an early scare against Travis Walker (39-8-1, 31), and provided the fans at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey, with the best heavyweight fight of the 2012 calendar year.
Walker went into the fight, not as an opponent, but upset minded, as he had his sights sent on his own title shots in the future. Walker’s heavy hands proved true, as he set up Adamek with a perfect jab, straight right combo that dropped him in the second round.
Adamek got up, yet still wobbly, as Walker went to work. Walker landed more heavy shots that staggered the Polish star into the ropes. Most observers at press row smelled the upset baking in the air. However Adamek, as he said after the fight, is a tough country boy.
Adamek weathered the storm, as Walker became wild, smothering his own punches by being right on top of Tomasz, after his heavy shots from long range worked so well in setting Adamek up.
Adamek not only got his legs back, he railed in the last minute of the round and dropped Walker with his own beautiful right cross. Adamek proceeded to pummel Walker as round two came to an end. The hyped up, pro-Adamek crowd, was so loud Tomasz, and referee Eddie Cotton, appeared to not hear the bell to end the end, as there was an extra 15 to 20 seconds of exchanges between the two fighters.
The crowd had every right to be ballistic as they just witnessed a candidate for round for the year. Walker said afterwards he did hear the bell, but explained that if he gets hit, he is going to hit back.
Walker continued to get hit, and hit hard, by Adamek. In rounds three and four, Walker still tried to hit back, but his punches seemed to not have the same snap and steam to them. The heavyweight from Tallahassee was getting gassed, and Tomasz Adamek was taking over this fight. A vicious flurry of combinations landed by Adamek in round five was enough for Cotton to call a halt to a classic heavyweight scrap at 1:08 of round five.
Walker explained after the fight that he often gets too excited when he has his man hurt, and as a result, he let the tough Polish start off the hook. This was exactly the type of performance Tomasz needed. After being dominated by Vitali Klitschko and looking more than ordinary against Eddie Chambers, Adamek is once again relevant in the heavyweight division. Main Events Promoter, Kathy Duva, said she had big plans for Toomasz Adamek after his impressive and highly entertaining victory.
In other action, Steve Cunningham dominated Jason Gavern in his heavyweight debut. Gavern just managed one round on one of the judge’s scorecards. Bryant By-By Jennings destroyed Chris Koval in 35 seconds. After his easy victory, Jennings told me he wants to fight on the Sepetember 21st card, which will air on the NBC spots network.
Junior lightweight Jerry Belmontes won a unanimous eight-round decision against Joselito Collado. Collado was game, but very much outclassed over eight rounds.
Lightweight Karl Dargan stopped Jessie Carradine at 1:04 of round 4. Dargan remains unbeaten at 11-0 with five knockouts.
Junior welterweight Jose Peralta (10-1, 6 KO’s) stopped Christian Steele (3-5, 1 KO) in the third round. Peralta threw crisp combinations after getting off to a slow start in round one, and continues to impress and improve.