By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Krakow, Poland (April 3rd, 2016)– Eric Molina boxed nine great rounds against Deontay Wilder last June in an attempt in win the World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title. In his second comeback win since then, Molina surprised boxing experts and scored an impressive tenth round knockout of former World Cruiserweight champion and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek and ended his career last night. Adamek announced his retirement after the bout at Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland, April 2, 2015.
Adamek, now 50-5 with 30 knockouts, Zywiec, Poland, will turn 40 years old this December, and lost for the third time in his last four fights, all in his native Poland. Adamek, who held the WBC Light Heavyweight and IBF World Cruiserweight titles during his career, took his chance at heavyweight. However, Adamek was too small to compete at the heavyweight level against the best fighters, although he scored many wins
Against bigger fighters like Chris Arreola and Michael Grant based on a combination of luck, instincts, and technical skills.
Adamek’s luck ran out against Molina.
Adamek got counted out for the first time in his career. Molina, who was good enough to stagger Deontay Wilder with his power, landed a right hand power bomb a second before the bell ending round ten. Adamek, down and out, could not get up. This reporter has followed Adamek throughout his career. Adamek was five points ahead on the scorecards and had the bout won on points, even if he got up after the knockout. Adamek was tiring as the end of the bout approached. This reporter hopes Tomasz Adamek will stay retired. Adamek might have done better if he went back to the 200 pound cruiserweight division, as his former championship rival Steve Cunningham has done.
In the end, Adamek, more like a 200 pound junior heavyweight (a phantom division also called super cruiserweight which exists in some of the minor titular organizations) was just too small to win a share of the world heavyweight championship. The point will be proven yet again when Deontay Wilder defends his WBC World Heavyweight title against the smaller Alexander Povetkin. Tomasz Adamek is perhaps Poland’s best prizefighter ever. This reporter wishes you the best in all future endeavors. Molina rises to 25-3 with 19 knockouts, Raymondville, Texas. Molina versus Andy Ruiz would make a great Mexican-American battle later in 2016 if ambitious promoters can put it together.
Molina wins the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title
Referee: Roberto Rea
Separately, heavyweight contender Johann Duhaupas, who fought nine great rounds against Deontay Wilder for the WBC World Heavyweight title last September, knocked out 22-0 Robert Helenius to win the vacant World Boxing Council Silver Heavyweight title on Saturday, April 2, 2015, at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
Helenius, who weighed a career high 254 pounds, went down in the fourth round. He got up, but a straight right hand power shot from Duhaupas send Helenius on his back to the canvas for the first time in his career. Helenius just beat the count at nine, but staggered across the ring into the ropes, which he tried desperately to hold but could not. His legs were gone, and he fell back to the canvas on his back, making the ten count knockout official at 3:06 as he did not get up. Johann Duhaupas is now 34-3 with 21 knockouts, Abbeville, France. Robert Helenius fell to 22-1 with 13 knockouts, Stockholm, Sweden.
Duhaupas wins the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight title
Referee: Jose Guadalupe Garcia