Lem Satterfield

Adamek says Haye did not come to win

Polish-born Tomasz Adamek was not impressed by the effort of Englishman David Haye against Wladimir Klitschko, whose one-sided unanimous decision added Haye's WBA heavyweight belt to his own IBF and WBO titles in July.

In victory, the 35-year-old Klitschko (56-3, 49 knockouts) earned his 14th straight win during a run that includes 10 knockouts, ending a 15-bout winning streak against Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) that had included 13 stoppages.

Their clash also concluded what had been a bitter feud of words that had been ongoing since June of 2009.

That's when Haye angered Klitschko and his older brother, 40-year-old WBC king Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), by showing up at a press conference in Germany wearing a T-shirt depicting a cartoon of himself standing in a ring while holding their decapitated heads with their lifeless bodies at his feet.

Given all of the talk leading up to Klitschko-Haye, the 34-year-old Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) said that he was disappointed in Haye's relative inactivity in the fight.

"My opinion is that if someone speaks too much, then you give a good show," said Adamek. "But we did not see that with David Haye against Wladimir Klitschko. He spoke too much about fighting, and he did not [come to win.]"

Adamek said that he will not do the same against Vitali Klitschko when he challenges for the older brother's crown on Sept. 10 at Stadion Mejski in Wroclaw, Poland.

Adamek will be after his 14th consecutive victory and his seventh straight win as a heavyweight when he meets Klitschko, who is riding a 10-fight winning streak that includes eight stoppages.

The last man to defeat Adamek was Chad Dawson, who dethroned Adamek as WBC lightheavyweight beltholder by unanimous decision in February 2007.

"When I go into the ring, you know, I go in to win. It is my heart, which is strong. It's my speed too. I never go into the ring to lose. I want to win," said Adamek.

"I'm not going to go into the ring and go to the ropes because I want to fight, and I want the title. This is my dream."


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