Tomasz “Goral” Adamek Defeats
Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride
In An All Out War At The Prudential Center
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
Although many doubted
McBride as an opponent, Main Events had it right when
they billed the fight as “The Last Big Hurdle.” McBride
is slower, they said. McBride doesn’t have the skill,
they said. The fight will be over by the fourth round,
they said. However, no one told McBride any of these
things. McBride beat Mike Tyson in 2005. Maybe it was an
older, no longer in his prime Mike Tyson, but McBride
beat him just the same. And he came to give Adamek a
fight. In the end, Tomasz Adamek won the fight. He made
it past the last big hurdle. Now, if all things go as
planned, Adamek will fight a Klitschko.
Adamek had the skills to beat McBride. McBride had the
power and the size to beat Adamek. McBride outweighed
Adamek by 70 pounds and was 4 ½ inches taller. Typically
the smaller fighter wants to fight in close to be able
to land his punches, but Adamek found himself in trouble
every time he was fighting in close. Adamek’s strategy
was simply to come in land a few shots and move out. As
long as he was doing that, he was safe. But when McBride
could get a hold of him, Adamek was in trouble.
Adamek and McBride were
fighting in close in the first round. Referee Randy Newman
warned McBride for holding Adamek behind the head. As soon
as Newman signaled for the action to continue, Adamek jumped
right in. Adamek was landing combinations, but McBride never
seemed to be affected by it. This continued into the second
round. For most of the round, Adamek was landing four times
the punches that McBride was landing. Then right at the
bell, Adamek went down from a left hook from McBride. Newman
never ruled it a knock down or a slip. McBride came out in
the third round energized. He was turning up the pressure.
But once again, McBride was holding Adamek behind the head
and landing his shots. Adamek adjusted his style some,
coming in landing only two punch combinations and moving
again. Adamek ended the round with a strong combination.
Adamek started the fourth round with a quick combination to
the head of McBride. McBride was trying to catch Adamek on
the ropes. McBride was staying closed up in the fifth round,
opening up only when he was throwing a punch. McBride was
looking for that one big punch, the one that would put
Adamek on the canvas. McBride was able to catch Adamek on
the ropes, but Adamek slipped out. McBride chased him to the
other side, only for Adamek to land a combination.
In round six McBride
once again turned to holding and hitting Adamek. McBride
knocked Adamek back to the ropes. McBride hit Adamek
behind the head. Adamek returned with a shot to the back
of McBride’s head. McBride then knocked Adamek back to
the ropes and into the cameraman on the outside of the
ropes. By the end of the round, Adamek was looking
tired. McBride was energized by the start of round
seven. Adamek started to focus his attack on the body of
McBride. McBride once again grabbed Adamek behind the
head. This time Randy Newman took a point from McBride.
Adamek started out on the attack in round eight, but
McBride pushed Adamek into the ropes. Adamek was once
again trying to keep his distance. Then McBride knocked
Adamek into the cameraman on the other side of the ring.
Adamek was finding himself caught against the ropes more
By the ninth round you had to really question McBride’s
strategy. At one point McBride hit Adamek with an elbow.
At another point in the round, he was once again holding
Adamek behind the head and throwing punches. This time
Randy Newman was not in a position to see. And
throughout the round, it looked as though McBride was
trying to hit Adamek into the cameramen. However, maybe
it was all coincidence, maybe it’s just what happens
when a “colossus” fights a smaller man.
Adamek once again was in
control of the fight in the tenth round. Adamek was slipping
punches through the upraised arms of McBride. McBride was
having trouble landing as Adamek kept moving. It was
Adamek’s second wind. In the eleventh round Adamek started
out moving right and then moving left. He would move in land
a quick combination and move out. McBride was slowing down.
Adamek landed a hard right to the head. Adamek was looking
The twelfth round started with both fighters on the attack.
McBride started the round chasing Adamek, but Adamek turned
it back on McBride. Adamek was landing combination after
combination. But Adamek found himself running from McBride
after he landed a hard shot that staggered him. He survived
that shot and turned up his attack. Adamek ended the round
landing combination after combination, one after another.
The judge’s scores don’t
reflect the war that this fight was. Judge Lynne Carter
scored the fight 119-108. Judge Robert Grasso scored the
fight 120-107. And Judge Larry Hazzard Jr. scored the
fight 119-108. As a heavyweight, Tomasz Adamek has had
to outwork his opponents. He has been the smaller
fighter, and each time he has proved himself the better
fighter. Now it is time to prove himself against a world
Crowd favorite Sadam Ali
had little trouble defeating Javier Perez. Ali wasted no
time in taking the fight to Perez. He was using his jab
to back Perez around the ring. Ali knocked Perez to the
canvas with a left hook in the first round. At the end
of the round, Ali staggered Perez with a left. Ali kept
up the attack. Perez was holding onto the ropes to keep
from going down at the bell. In round two, Perez was
hurt from a left. Perez was keeping his distance. Ali
ended the round with a flurry of punches. The fight was
over by the third round. Ali threw a left hook, knocking
Perez to the canvas. Perez didn’t survive the count. It
was over by 2:40 of the third.
Light Heavyweight Andrsejz Fonfara knocked out Ray Smith
in the fourth round. From the beginning Fonfara was
cutting of the ring. Fonfara staggered Smith against
ropes. Smith got out, and Fonfara chased Smith to the
other side of the ring. He once again staggered Smith
with a right and knocked him out with a left. The fight
was over at 1:04 in the fourth.
Featherweight Joselito Collado defeated Rafael Lora by
split decision. Judge Waleska Roldan scored the fight
56-57 for Lora, judge Luis Rivera scored the fight 57-56
for Collado, and Judge Hilton Whitaker scored the fight
59-54 for Collado.
Junior Welterweight Jose Peralta won by TKO over Eber
Luis Perez. Peralta staggered Perez in round three.
Peralta followed it up with a left hook, knocking Perez
to the canvas. Referee Allan Huggins stopped the fight
at 2:49 in the third.
Welterweight Vinny O’Brien now has a record of 2-0 after
his defeat of Shakir Aquel Dunn. O’Brien out boxed Dunn
from the second round to the fourth. It looked as though
the fight was going to go the distance, but Referee Earl
Morton stepped in and stopped the action at 2:51.