Heavyweight history is littered with former light heavyweight champions who tried unsuccessfully to win a world title in boxing's big-man division.
Vitali Klitschko had little trouble adding Tomasz Adamek to that list Saturday at Miejski Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland where the WBC heavyweight champion defended his title in abbreviated fashion by stopping Adamek at 2:20 of the 10th round.
A capacity crowd of 45,000, along with millions of viewers of HBO, saw the 6-7, 243-pound Klitschko use his height, size and power advantage to dominate every turn of the scheduled 12-round fight.
At 6-2, 216 pounds, Adamek's only advantage was the emotional charge he got from fighting in his native country. But Klitschko never gave the challenger any room for hope, persistently strafing Adamek with stiff jabs and overhand rights that made the eventual outcome just a matter of time.
With Adamek's nose bloodied and knots all over his face, referee Massimo Barrovecchio mercifully stopped the carnage, drawing no protest but a look of relief from the challenger and his corner.
The victory was Klitschko's eighth title defense since recapturing the crown in 2008 after a four-year layoff due to injuries. Following a script common to each of his fights since returning, the Ukrainian was offensive-minded and virtually unhittable as Adamek, though courageous, had no answers for the champion's superior size and cerebral ability to use height and reach to his advantage.
Klitschko's power was apparent whenever he landed a flush shot. In the second round, a right hand sent Adamek careening backward into the ropes, but Klitschko wasn't given credit for the knockdown. In the sixth round, however, the referee did give Klitschko credit for a knockdown after the champion delivered another wicked right hand that sent Adamek reeling to the ropes.
Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) had systematically worked his way up to become the WBC's No. 1 heavyweight challenger after winning world titles at light heavyweight and cruiserweight.
For Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs), the one-sided victory only served to fortify the reign that he and his younger brother, Wladimir, hold on the heavyweight division, once the domain of American dominance but now ruled by Europeans.
Posted 12:00 AM | Sep 10, 2011
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