By Luke Furman
There seems to be a rivalry building between Polish heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28KOs) and Artur Szpilka (12-0, 9KOs). During past interviews, the two boxers exchanged some words. Adamek is the biggest star in Polish boxing, while Szpilka is being groomed as the next big thing. Recently, Szpilka made some critical comments about Adamek's decision to face Travis Walker on September 8th in Newark, New Jersey.
"Travis Walker is a very easy opponent for Adamek. I don't know who selects Adamek's opponents, but [Walker] is too easy of an opponent for a guy who wants to box again for the world heavyweight championship. I know what I'm saying, because two months ago I spent many rounds in Warsaw sparring with Walker," Szpilka said.
"I had no problems with Walker, [I shook him up] and the sparring was interrupted. I did not feel any power in his punches. Generally, I never felt threatened. Adamek is too fast for him, he will decision Travis or stop him before the distance. I hope that someday, maybe in a year, I get the chance to fight with Tomasz Adamek, and then we'll find out [which Polish fighter] will rule the heavyweight division."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.