Tomasz grew up in Gilowice, a small
village of 5,000 surrounded by mountains
in southern Poland.
He began to box at age 12 when
unbeknownst to his mother a friend took
him to a boxing gym. The young Tomasz,
very talented and fast, was soon in the
ring with grown men. Tomasz had the same
trainer in Poland, Andrzei Gimitruk, who
coached heavyweight Andrew Golota to a
bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics in
Seoul, South Korea.
At age 19, Tomasz became one of the
three youngest boxers to win the Polish
National Championship in 1995. He won the
title again in 1996. In 1998, he won the
bronze medal in the European
Championships. As an amateur, he compiled
a 108-12 record.
Just prior to being named to the 2000
Polish Olympic Team, where he was a medal
favorite in Sydney, Tomasz signed a
Tomasz made his pro debut on March 13,
1999, and won by first-round technical
knockout. He then went on to win his next
eight bouts by TKO. On March 2, 2001, in
Warsaw, Poland, Adamek won the
International Boxing Council
intercontinental light heavyweight
championship with a unanimous decision win
over Rudi Lupo.
On Oct. 18, 2002, Adamek won the Polish
International Light Heavyweight title with
a third-round TKO over Laverne Clark.
In Finland, on Oct. 4, 2003, Adamek won
the vacant IBF intercontinental light
heavyweight title with a second-round
knockout over Ed Dalton.
Adamek continued to rack up the wins
and move up the rankings. He added another
title to his collection on April 17, 2004,
when he won the WBO intercontinental light
heavyweight championship with a
fifth-round knockout over Gabrail
Adamek won a 10-round decision over
Ismail Abdoul in Warsaw Poland on Sept.
10, 2004, catapulting him into world
contention as the No. 4-ranked WBC
Adamek made his first world
championship appearance and first match in
America for the WBC light heavyweight
title against WBC No. 1 contender Paul
"Hurricane" Briggs at the United Center in
Chicago on May 21, 2005.
"Briggs will have problems because I am
too fast for him," Adamek said. "I came to
the U.S. to become world champion. My
faith in God will give me the mental and
physical power to win this fight. I have
had dreams of becoming world champion
since I was 12."
The 20,126 spectators who showed up to
see Adamek's countryman Golota face World
Boxing Organization heavyweight champion
"Relentless" Lamon Brewster (Golota was
knocked out in just 53 seconds) had no
idea that it would be another Pole that
would steal the show this night. In what
turned out to be a 12-round slugfest,
Fight of the Year candidate and a brutal
display of wills, both combatants stood
toe to toe landing bombs for most of the
contest. It was only revealed after the
match that Adamek had suffered a broken
nose close to the fight&emdash;altering
his sparring regimen&emdash;but he never
considered backing out. Techniques and
tactics were thrown out the window and in
the end, it was Adamek who possessed the
superior boxing skills in the contest, but
the fight was very close. Two judges
scored it 117-113 and 115-113,
respectively. The remaining judged thought
it was a draw. Adamek won the majority
decision and title.
"This was my best fight ever," Adamek
said after the fight. "Briggs was a
strong, tough fighter but I was never
going to give up. I know I made my country
and family proud."
Adamek successfully defended his crown
on Oct 15, 2005, when he crushed Thomas
Ulrich (TKO 6). Ulrich, a 1996 Olympic
bronze medalist, tried to score with left
hooks but scored less frequently as the
fight progressed. By round five Adamek
began throwing three- and four-punch
combinations. Ulrich refused to concede
but paid the price for his valor when
Adamek landed a thunderous straight right,
dropping the challenger with devastating
effect. English referee Ian John Lewis
counted Ulrich out before he could regain
his feet at 1:57 of the sixth round.
One year later on Oct. 7, 2006, Adamek
and Briggs fought in a rematch which took
place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont,
Ill. Midway through the first round Briggs
dropped Adamek with a sweeping left hook
that sent the Pole to the canvas. Adamek
weathered the knockdown and the two
fighters went on to fight a see-saw battle
that resulted in a majority decision win
for Adamek as the champion won by scores
of 115-111 and 114-112 on two cards, while
the third had it as a draw.
Never one to avoid a challenge, Adamek
then agreed to defend his crown against
fellow-undefeated "Bad" Chad Dawson on
Feb. 3, 2007, in Kisssimmee, Fla.
Dawson's southpaw style and slick
boxing skills gave Adamek fits for most of
the bout; however, Adamek did have a
shining moment in round 10 when he dropped
Dawson with a devastating right hand.
Adamek tried to finish Dawson, but was
unable. Two rounds later Dawson was
declared the new champion by the scores of
116-110, 117-109 and 118-108.
"Chad was quicker than I was tonight,"
Adamek said after the fight. "He was the
fastest I have ever seen. "He survived
after I knocked him down in the tenth. I
thought I was going to get him.
Adamek rebounded from his first loss by
winning his next two bouts and earning a
showdown against O' Neil Bell in an IBF
Cruiserweight Eliminator on April 19,
Adamek dropped Bell in the opening
round and then dominated the next six
rounds, forcing the former undisputed
cruiserweight champion to retire on his
stool following the completion of round
seven (TKO 7). The victory secured Adamek
the IBF's #1 mandatory position and
guaranteed him a title shot against IBF
champion Steve Cunningham.
Tomasz is a highly religious Roman
Catholic. His wife Dorota is a nurse, and
he has two daughters Weronika, 6, and
Roksana, 9. Tomasz enjoys nature and
playing soccer and he says his personal
hero is Pope John Paul II.