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Adamek dominates to defend title

AP, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

Top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek of Poland successfully defended his IBF International Heavyweight championship when he stopped Vinny Maddalone in the fifth round on Thursday.

Adamek (43-1, 28 knockouts) dominated the fight from the outset, but he put the challenger away with a series of hard punches in the fifth round. He floored Maddalone (33-7) with a hard left uppercut, but Maddalone survived the count and got to his feet.

Sensing Maddalone was in trouble, Adamek kept the pressure on and unleashed a host of undefended punches with both hands that forced Maddalone’s corner to signal to referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight.

“I have more balance now and I can throw that punch,” Adamek said of the left hook that floored Maddalone. “I felt he was going down, but he got back up. I thought maybe I could hit him a few more times and he would go down again. I watched the referee and then they stopped it.”

The win enabled him to continue his quest toward a possible heavyweight championship fight against either of the Klitschko brothers, Vitaly or Vladimir, who both own a share of the world heavyweight crown.

“I’m very happy with it,” Adamek said. “I fought four times this year and won all four. I feel I’m very close now to a title fight. I am ready.”

Adamek, who trains in Jersey City, controlled the fight from the outset against the underdog Maddalone, a former professional baseball player and bar owner from New York.

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