Sad End of Tomasz Adamek
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
On October 6, 2018, at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, the boxing of former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek, met its end in the second round. Adamek, age 41, 53-6, 31 knockouts, and the current Polish Heavyweight champion, reached its end when Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, knocked him out with two power uppercuts in the second round.
While Evander Holyfield transitioned up, most cruiserweights are not natural heavyweights in the modern era. Adamek, at 227 pounds, was outweighed by 90 pounds by the 317 pounds of Miller. Whether larger fighters like Miller and Nicolai Valuev are true heavyweights are in another weight class in a matter for the boxing experts and commissions to evaluate.
Perhaps Adamek felt if he could beat Miller by outboxing him, he could climb back into the heavyweight ratings picture. Adamek failed to understand he could not overcome the power and size of such an opponent of mammoth proportions who is already ready for a Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.
Adamek can still beat heavyweights of lesser distinction, but with this loss, his career is in all likelihood near its conclusion. Having been knocked out by Eric Molina in a fight Adamek was winning going into the tenth round in 2016, Tomasz never fully recovered from that loss. Adamek was better at cruiserweight, as was his eternal foe Steve Cunningham. Like Alexander Povetkin, Adamek was too small to defeat the taller and larger heavyweights at the top of the division. Adamek had to lose this bout to realize the size differential for a cruiserweight moving up, easier bouts aside, is too difficult to overcome.
Result: Jarrell Miller KO 2 Tomasz Adamek, Heavyweights (0:51)
Referee Mark Nelson reached the count of 10 just before Adamek got up