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Tomasz Adamek to Rely on Speed vs Vitali Klitschko

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Vitali Klitschko will have great physical advantages in September against Tomasz Adamek. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Vitali Klitschko will have great physical advantages in September against Tomasz Adamek. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Former light heavyweight titlist, cruiserweight champion, and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek faces dominant titlist Vitali Klitschko on September 10, and he's planning to exploit his speed advantage against the 6'7" Klitschko:

"If I press and push the pace, then Klitschko might get tired. I will of course do everything based on speed, because it's my biggest asset."

Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) will have few advantages against Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO), but he will have a speed advantage if he can figure out a way to use it, and will have home field advantage in Wroclaw, Poland. Actually using the speed won't be easy. Both Klitschko brothers work behind a brutally heavy, precise jab, and contain concussive power in both hands. With Klitschko's six-inch height and five-inch reach advantages, the fight seems tailor-made for him, not a lot different than last year's defense against another Polish heavyweight, Albert Sosnowski. Adamek is better than Sosnowski, but the question is if he's so much better that he can truly trouble the bigger man.

Adamek has beaten tall fighters in preparation for this matchup, but Michael Grant and Kevin McBride are hardly proper substitutes for Vitali Klitschko. No matter how you slice it, Adamek has a tall order -- pun intended -- ahead of him, and should come in as a pretty huge underdog.