Adamek deserved the victory over Estrada, but by a far closer margin. Which, of course, raises the question of just how wise Adamek's heavyweight plans are. He was repeatedly beaten to the punch by Estrada, who landed a number of flush shots. Fortunately for Adamek, Estrada is not a huge puncher, and Adamek was able to keep working and banging Estrada to the body, even as Adamek's face showed increasing evidence of the number of shots he was taking. Against a true heavyweight hitter -- say, Arreola, who is being discussed as a possible opponent in April -- it might be a different story.
That said, Adamek is a skilled fighter and a tough guy who brings some excitement to the ring. He's been successful so far as he's moved up in weight. The big money, of course, is with the big boys. He should take his shot. If he fails, he can drop back to cruiserweight. There'll still be 10,000 Poles waiting to fill the Prudential Center.
Adamek, for his part, doesn't seem too impressed. "Just power won't be enough to beat me," the 33-year-old Pole said Saturday through a translator. "You have to have a clear strategy of what you want to do and, most of all, you have to be faster. I proved today that speed makes a difference and I'm going to prove it again against Chris Arreola." That's fine. But everybody's got a plan until they get hit, as
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