Adamek beats Estrada to the Punch at Prudential!
By Ken Hissner at ringside (Feb 8, 2010) DoghouseBoxing  
Former IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek, 40-1 (27), of Gilowice, Poland, now living in Jersey City, thrilled over 10,000 fans at the Newark Prudential Center Saturday night beating former Olympian Jason Estrada, 16-3 (4), of Providence, over 12 rounds in his first IBF Heavyweight International title defense. “Polska, Polska” were the cheers to the ears of Adamek. “The fans were important to my victory”, said Adamek. The red and white banners and Polska signs were throughout the crowd.

This Kathy Duva Main Events/Ziggy Promotions looks for a return in the near future with Adamek continuing his quest for David Haye’s WBA title by taking on knockout artist Chris Arreola, 27-1 (25) in what he hopes to be the elimination for a title fight making him a three division champion!

Estrada met a lighter weight fighter who was much quicker than him though he would not accept defeat graciously. For Adamek it was his ninth straight win and fourth at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. All three judges gave the fight to Adamek. Steve Weisfeld had it close at 115-113, while Joe Pasquale had it 116-112 and Larry Layton 118-110. This writer had it 119-111 for Adamek. All rounds were close but Estrada does more posing then punching. When he is out of his Providence area he gets judged accordingly. All his three losses have been away from home.

Referee Lindsey Page seemed to allow Estrada to hold behind the head with the only warning coming in the final round. Estrada had his hands full whether he was bull rushing forward or trying to back up and counter to land on Adamek who simply was too fast and too smart for the invader. Adamek almost landed his left hook to the body of Estrada and then would move away. Adamek came in at what he calls his “natural weight” of 220. Estrada’s promoter CES co-promoted this bout and the CEO Jimmy Burchfield was hoping for a win since his protégé was defeated two fights ago in Germany by the Russian Alexander Povetkin. Prior to that in 2006 Estrada fought another prospect in Travis Walker and was defeated.

Estrada started out fast to win two of the first three rounds with the 3rd round producing good exchanges. In the 4th Estrada went defensive and simply was outworked until the 8th when he started out fast but allowed Adamek to land combinations trying to get him to stand still. Estrada with only four knockouts in sixteen wins is obviously not a puncher. His face showed signs of the many jabs of Adamek throughout the contest. The question here in the future is what Adamek will do with a puncher like Arreola? He never got into exchanges with Estrada who though certainly will be much slower than Estrada, but the biggest puncher Adamek has faced.

When asked who the top heavyweight is, Adamek was very smart in saying “I would not like to pick one, but I believe Haye and I match up very well”. Arreola is ranked 14th in the WBA ratings with former champion and top contender John Ruiz getting next crack at Haye who will be making his first defense April 3rd in the United Kingdom.

In a 10 round super middleweight match Peter “Choc” Quillin, 21-0 (15), of Brooklyn, easily defeated shop worn Fernando Zuniga, 28-10 (20) in a dreadful match that had the fans bored. Each round seemed to be like the one prior to it with little action. Shafeeq Rashada and Hilton Whitaker had it a shut out 100-90 while Eugenia Williams had it 98-92 all for Quillin. Granted Quillin was coming back from a 17 month lay-off.

One of the better matches of the night was Patrick “Patty Boy” Farrell, 5-0 (3), of Jersey City, scoring three knockdowns, but having his opponent Jon Schneider, 7-5-1 (5), of the Bronx, in his face when he wasn’t knocking him down. The “Fighting Marine” used his southpaw style and shorter height to get inside to make it interesting and go the distance. Scores of 40-34 (2x) and 40-33 kept Farrell unbeaten. David Fields was the referee for this 4 round cruiserweight match.

“Momma’s Boy” Denis Doughlin, 7-0 (3), of nearby Morganville, used his southpaw style to his advantage in winning over Eddie Hunter, 3-2-1 (1), of Seattle, who tried by had no answer for Doughlin’s much quicker combinations. This was a 6 round middleweight match though Hunter was 5 pounds heavier at 167. Judges had it 60-54 (2x) and 59-55. Steve Smoger was the referee.

The only other Polish product on the card was Przemyslaw “Pat” Majewski, 12-0 (7), out of Random, Poland, residing in Atlantic City, who easily defeated Anthony Pietrantonio, 6-4 (5), of Youngstown over 6 rounds in a super middleweight match. All three judges had it 60-54 with Smoger serving as referee.

The opening bout had Ismayl Sillakh, 10- (9), of the Ukraine, easily stopping Larry Pryor, 6-6 (4), of Houston, at 0:47 of the 4th round in a 6. Pryor’s decline started in the 3rd round when he was knocked down by a straight right hand. Upon rising a left hook to the midsection had him down again just prior to the bell sounding. Referee Smoger gave him a close look as he walked him back to the corner. Pryor came out for the 4th round but when a left hook to the head dropped Pryor again, referee Smoger wisely stepped in and waved the fight off at 0:47 of the 4th round. These were small cruiserweights.

The swing-bout that followed the main event featured Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali, 5-0 (2), who easily defeated Jason Thompson, 5-5-1 (4), in a welterweight 4 rounder with both fighters being from Brooklyn. Ali’s speed and straight lead rights to the body dominated this match. All three judges had it 40-36 and Fields was the referee. Ali could be a prospect.

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