Former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek and trainer Roger Bloodworth spoke to the media following an open workout at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey on Thursday. In the second installment of NBC Sports Network Fight Night series, Adamek, 44-2, 28 KO’s, will face “Dominican Dynamite” Nagy Aguilera, 17-6, 12 KO’s. The bout will take place Saturday, March 24th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn on the undercard to Zab Judah’s Homecoming bout against Detroit’s Undefeated Vernon Paris.
Right here, you’ll find a collection of quotes and photos from Adamek’s public workout.
“Tomasz has learned a lot from the Klitschko fight. I think we got in the ring with him too soon, but boxing is a business and the offer was good, so we had to take it. Had we waited, things might have been different. Since then, he has spent two and three weeks with me in Glen Carbon (Illinois) working on technique and it went well. He fell off the horse and he had to get back on it. I think a lot of what’s happened has been timing. It was good for him to take the time off, because Klitschko was a rough fight. It’s just one of those things.”
“There was no thought about it. He was coming back. He needed to come back and that’s why we have this fight against Aguilera. We’ll see where he is. From what I’ve seen, he looks great and wants another (title) shot. Maybe it might take a year or so, but that’s what Tomasz wants.”
“He’s changing his style a little and he’s much bigger. He’s now 227 and we want him at 230. I knew it was going to take a while for him to grow into a heavyweight’s body. Now, he has the muscle and the strength. If he doesn’t get back into the ring now, he might stay out too long. We feel good about where he is.”
“I’ve already forgotten about the last fight (Klitschko). I lost on Saturday and on Monday I came back to my family and my life in America. I was ready to get back to work. I quickly came back to the gym and went back to work. Twice, I went to Roger’s house and worked on my technique more than anything. I needed to prepare to get back in the ring. I’m a mountain boy and I wasn’t about to quit. I knew I had to win tougher fights so I could get another chance. I can’t think about retiring. Not now. I still have to fight.”
“I believe in God and I am ready to fight. I need to win a couple fights to get a chance at the title again. I need practice. I was slow against Klitschko. I wasn’t the true Tomasz. I think it was a valuable lesson. I wasn’t ready for that fight. Every day, I feel like I’m a better fighter. I’m bigger and with 6 months rest I am much stronger. I’ve been eating better. I like American steak and I’ve been eating a lot. I think the 10 pounds has been a big help. It’s most important to be healthy. My wife is happy, because I’m hungry again. I can’t wait to get into the ring.”
“I’ve seen a couple of Aguilera’s fights. He’s a quick man. He moves all over the ring. He’s a good opponent for me. I think we will make a good show on March 24.”
Tickets to the blockbuster triple-header, priced at $200, $100 and $75 and may be purchased by calling Main Events (973) 200-7050, Peltz Boxing (215) 765-0922, or online through www.peltzboxing.com. The non-televised undercard fights will begin at 7:30 p.m., the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 p.m. ET on Mar 24th.