Adamek began boxing competitively at age 12 and eventually became a standout amateur in Poland. He turned pro at 22 in 1999.
He was brought along slowly by his handlers, fighting a long list of journeymen to build his experience and confidence and pad his record. Fighting primarily in Europe, the level of his opposition increased over time. After defeating Ismail Abdoul, Adamek was given a shot at the vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Title against Paul Briggs.
Light Heavyweight Champion
Adamek defeated Briggs by decision in a competive and entertaining fight. The fight was described by some as one of the most brutal in recent memory, as Briggs suffered a large cut above his left eye early in the fight and Adamek bled profusely from his nose for much of the fight. Adamek, the aggressor, won the fight.
After a successfully defeating Thomas Ulrich by knockout in Round 6, Adamek rematched Briggs in 2006, winning a unanimous decision. After the fight, Jim Lampley said that Adamek vs Briggs I and II was the best combined 24 rounds he has ever seen.
Loss to Dawson
Undefeated Adamek with 31-0 (21 KO) fought "Bad" Chad Dawson in February 2007. During that fight, Adamek was knocked down in the seventh round. Well behind on points, Adamek dropped Dawson in the 10th round but Dawson weathered the storm and won a clear-cut points decision. Immediately following the loss to Dawson, Adamek decided to move up in the cruiserweight division.
After losing to Dawson, Adamek moved up to cruiserweight to beat Luis Andres Pineda by technical knockout in round 7 to become the IBO cruiserweight champion. On April 19, 2008 in Poland, Adamek fought former undisputed cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell in an IBF cruiserweight title eliminator. Adamek floored Bell in round one and had good success by outboxing Bell. Bell opted not to come out for round eight, citing that he felt dizzy and ill.
Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Title
In December 2008, he fought the then reigning champion Steve Cunningham at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Adamek scored three knockdowns en route to winning the IBF Cruiserweight championship and the vacant Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Championship in a bout. Many thought the bout was a 'Fight of the Year' candidate.
After several successful title defenses, he moved up to heavyweight.
Move to Heavyweight
On October 24, 2009 in Łódź, Poland, Adamek defeated Polish boxing legend Andrew Golota by TKO in the fifth round. It was believed to be the biggest live broadcast in the history of Polish internet. Then, on February 7, 2010 in Newark's Prudential Center he defeated Jason Estrada by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
Adamek (40-1; 27 KO) then took on heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (28-1; 25 KO) on April 24, 2010. The Polish fighter won a twelve-round majority decision, with the scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 117-111. A day before the bout, Arreola weighed 250½ pounds, while Adamek was 217.
Tomasz also defeated Michael Grant and KO'd Vinny Maddalone in 2010, and cruised to an easy win over Kevin McBride in April 2011.
Excellent overall skills
Speed and combinations
Major World Titles
The Ring Cruiserweight
WBC Light Heavyweight
MD 10 Chris Arreola -2010
TKO 5 Andrew Golota - 2009
SD 12 Steve Cunningham - 2008
TKO 8 O'Neil Bell - 2008
MD 12 Paul Briggs - 2006
MD 12 Paul Briggs - 2005
TKO 10 Vitali Klitscho - 2011
UD 12 Chad Dawson - 2007