Alan Dawson – London
Reigning WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko will enhance his knockout ratio on September 10 at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland, according to sparring partner Ola Afolabi, who claims that Tomasz Adamek’s desire to “fight and not run” will ensure his trainer, Roger Bloodworth, will have to throw in the towel to “save him from himself“. Afolabi competes on the undercard against Lukasz Rusiewicz in an eight round cruiserweight fight.
Afolabi (17-2-3, 8ko), a seasoned campaigner in the 200lb (14 stones 4) weight division, has solid defensive capabilities, good head and upper body movement and deceptive power in his right hand.
Born in London, raised in England and Nigeria before making a pit-stop to train out of Los Angeles, Afolabi embarked on a voyage he’s made a number of times before (for Vitali and Wladimir) as he headed to Klitschko’s main training base in Austria (pictured left) to link up with Vitali and trainer Fritz Sdunek.
For four weeks he provided long-reigning WBC titlist Klitschko (42-2-0, 39ko) with his main preparation for the Ukrainian’s upcoming defence against former two-weight world champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1-0, 28ko).
“I don’t remember how many rounds [we boxed],” 31-year-old Afolabi exclusively told On The Beak. “But four days a week for four weeks, and he’s looking sharp,” Ola added, issuing a warning to Adamek.
The Pole, who fights in front of an estimated 42,000 of his own fans in Wroclaw come Saturday night, has previously indicated that he expects his scrap with Vitali to escalate into a war – unlike David Haye’s tentative performance against Wladimir.
Afolabi, though, opined that this will play into Vitali’s advantages and that a fighter as proud as Adamek will refuse to quit. His corner, headed by Roger Bloodworth, will therefore have to throw in the towel. Afolabi said: “I think Adamek will fight [and] not run. Vitali will stop him but I think Adamek’s corner will have to stop the fight because Adamek doesn’t know how to quit – they’ll have to save him from himself.”