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Tomasz Adamek 60 Second Interview
Age started boxing: 12.
First boxing memory: My first fight really stood out, it was the beginning of my career and I wanted to be champion of the world.
Boxing inspiration: Thereís several boxers like Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Evander Holyfield, Muhammad Ali Ė a lot of different things that you can take from them. Ali, for his dancing. Holy-field, his heart. Jones, for his quickness and skills.
Favourite all-time fighter: There are several fighters that I can give that title to Ė 10, 20. In reality, I donít want to name somebody my favourite because I donít want to take anything away from anyone else.
Best fight seen: Clear boxers, fast, good technical. Just to fight Ė I donít like that. Technical fights I like. Like Oscar and Felix Trinidad.
Pre-fight meal: Mostly pasta with very plain, naturally blended sauces.
What do you do to relax: I feel very relaxed in my hometown [Gilowice]. Itís a small town. I like to spend time with my wife and kids and just enjoy the country life.
Pre-fight superstition: I donít believe in any.
What training do you do between fights (if any): Strength and physical training. Running, jogging, some body bag punching.
Typical breakfast: Oatmeal, honey.
Toughest part of being a boxer: Iím a strong believer in God. I have a talent that God gave me. My beliefs and prayers and being a strong Catholic Ė thatís what itís going to take to be the world champion. Itís easy to win a world title, but itís harder to follow my beliefs.
Favourite music: All hip-hop Ė I love to dance. 50 Cent, Eminem and Polish hip-hop.
Last book read: Itís the book about Pope John Paul II. His life story and his route to the papacy.
Favourite film: Action films.
What car do you drive: Infiniti [silver].
Where do you train: At home I have a little room that I dedicate to boxing. I have a couple of bags, a treadmill. I also do a lot of training in the hills. I also train in Warsaw in one of the gyms. And with my trainer Andrzej Gmitruk when he comes to my house.
Training routine: Strength conditioning, some punching, running about five miles a day for the first four weeks. Then closer to the fight Iím doing shorter distances but with sprints. The last four weeks are more sparring. For the 12-round fight with [OíNeill] Bell I had about 120 rounds of sparring with four spar partners.
Toughest man you faced: Paul Briggs. The first fight with him [in 2005 for the vacant WBC light-heavyweight title] is the one I will remember forever. My nose was broken three weeks before in sparring. I did have the chance to back out of the fight. I said, ĎNo, I will fight and be a world championí. I couldnít spar. But I was very determined to win. And I won the title.
What supplements do you take: Natural-based additives that are prescribed by my doctor.
If you werenít a boxer what would you be: All of my dedication is to boxing now. My first job was as an auto mechanic.
Last place you went on holiday: Tenerife.
Favourite football team: Barcelona.
Best boxer in the sport today: Floyd Mayweather
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