By Ted Sares: – Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime – Johnathon Banks, 20-0, started fast winning the first two rounds, but then Tomasz Adamek, 37-1, began breaking his opponent down with brutal left hooks to the body. While Banks was able to buzz the pride of Gilowice, Poland, on occasion and keep things reasonably close, his lack of punch volume turned the tide in favor of the tough Pole who demonstrated a granite chin, resolve, and power in both hands.
A patient Adamek finally floored the undefeated Detroit cruiserweight with a hard right during a violent exchange in the eighth round as his Polish backers in the Newark crowd went wild. Banks beat the count, but he was in no condition to continue and Eddie Cotton could well have halted the action right there and then. Tomasz quickly trapped him in a corner and turned him into a rag doll with a flurry of flush shots, as Adamek wins both the IBF ands IBO cruiserweight titles.
Judges Lynne Carter and Steve Weisfeld had it 67-66 while Benoit Roussel scored it 68-65–all for the Pole. I had it 68-65 going into the eighth.
Clearly, Adamek showed that his victory over Steve “USS” Cunningham in late 2008 was no fluke. A rematch with Cunningham now looms, though names like Marco Huck, Enzo Maccarinelli, Guillermo Jones and Giacobbe Fragomeni must be taken into account as well. Of course, for those who like to fantasize, a catch weight rematch with Chad Dawson would spark some serious attention as well.
One thing is certain, if road warrior Adamek fights in Newark, Chicago, or Poland, he will fill the seats.