By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
once again defended his cruiserweight title and remained
champion in his fight against Bobby Gunn. Although Gunn showed
spirit, Adamek had little trouble defeating Gunn. In fact,
Adamek looked relaxed through much of the fight.
The fight was much of what is expected from an Adamek fight.
Hard rights from the champ. Adamek controlling the rounds,
rarely backing up and giving any ground to his opponent. He is a
brawler with a solid right, and his fans love that. The
Prudential Center was electrified every time he threw a punch.
However, do not think that Bobby Gunn came in there to lose.
Bobby Gunn did have a strategy, and Bobby Gunn was executing
that strategy. Gunn was staying low, shortening the target for
Adamek. Although Adamek was able to land his punches, the hope
for Gunn was that he could catch Adamek with a left hook. But as
Gunn admitted at the press conference, it just wasnít working.
Gunn would shake his head, showing Adamek that he wasnít hurt,
but those shots were taking there toll. Even if Gunn didnít
think they were, the ringside physician would later recommend
that the fight be stopped.
though Gunn said later that he wasnít hurt, he was looking tired
by the third round. Adamek, on the other hand, recovered quickly
after each round, showing little fatigue. In the third round,
Adamek totally out worked Gunn, allowing Gunn only to land a few
Gunn stuck to his strategy. In the fourth round, Gunn was
taunting Adamek to hit him in the head. Occasionally when Adamek
would throw his right, Gunn was able to land one of his punches.
The problem was that Adamek was just landing too many hits. And
for Gunnís strategy to work, he needed to catch Adamek and knock
him out. Little did Gunn know that time was running out. At the
end of the fourth round, Adamek unleashed on Gunn. Gunn was
unable to answer seventeen shots by the champ, and he suffered a
cut on his eye.
On the advice of the ringside physician, Bobby Gunnís corner
stopped the fight. In the press conference after the fight, Gunn
said that he felt fine and that he was looking forward to
another round to get at Adamekís body. But it is hard to say if
another round really would have made that much of a difference.
Gunn was taking a lot of abuse trying to get in that one shot
that might knock out Adamek. And although Gunn showed a lot of
spirit, Adamek proved to be the better fighter.