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International Champ Simcic Gets Adamek-Test

Posted on January 4 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum           



It’s probably something he will always have to relate to, Tomas Adamek. When his name is mentioned, most boxing fans will automatically think of his Polish colleague with the same name, except for one small difference in the spelling, former World Champion Tomasz Adamek.

Tomas will probably never reach the same heights as Tomasz, who won world titles at Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight, and is now a top-ranked Heavyweight, but he is very much hoping to create his own “buzz” in the boxing world.

After losing five previous title-opportunities, beating World Boxing Federation International Light Heavyweight Champion Denis Simcic (Pictured) on January 7 in Magdeburg, Germany would be a great start!

Born in Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic, Adamek turned professional in 2006 after a stellar amateur career. He went 9-0-1 in his first ten bouts, with the draw coming against undefeated Cuban Miguel Velozo, before challenging reigning European Union Champion Antonio Brancalion in 2007.

Losing a close decision to the experienced Italian didn’t hurt Adamek’s progress, and he quickly returned to winning ways. After five straight victories he was awarded a shot at WBA Intercontinental Champion Vyacheslav Uzelkov, but had to realize that the world class 21-0 Ukrainian was too big a mouthful.   

Since then it has been up-and-down for Adamek. While he has won three fights, he has also lost three additional title bouts. But the losses were against opponents with a combined 45-1-1 record, and he has proved several times that he can test some of the best fighters in Europe. If he beats Simcic for the WBF title, all the previous disappointments will be forgotten.

Slovenian-born Denis Simcic is 26-1 (14) since entering the paid ranks in 2003. Interestingly, his sole defeat came against the same Uzelkov that beat Adamek. Simsic was stopped in three rounds by the Ukrainian in 2008, while Adamek lasted five.

But since that loss, Simcic has improved fight by fight and hasn’t lost again. He won the WBF International title in September 2010 after signing with Ulf Steinforth and his SES Boxing, and has so far made two successful defenses against good opposition.

Last time out Simcic scored a near shut-out over teak-tough Sandro Siproshvili, another opponent he has in common with Adamek who also beat the Georgian on points. Former World Champions Herbie Hide and Ola Afolabi couldn’t get rid of Siproshvili either, which confirms that he is no push-over.

Adamek will not be a push-over either, and it will be interesting to see if he will finally fulfill his potential or if it will be another case of “close but no cigar” for the Czech. In any case he will fight his heart out to take the first step towards creating his own “Adamek-Buzz”, and he is sure to give Simcic a good run for his money.  

The Denis Simcic vs. Tomas Adamek WBF International Light Heavyweight title fight at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg will be broadcasted live by Sport1 in Germany and TV Slovenia in the defending champions country of birth.

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