Tomasz Adamek had to work his tail off, and even get off the deck, to win in Newark, N.J., on Saturday afternoon.
The Polish fighter was sent to the deck by 33-year-old American Travis Walker in Round 2 at the Prudential Center, but Adamek returned the favor at the end of the same round, which should get some love as a Round of the Year candidate.
The ref didn't hear the bell and the action ran about 10 seconds long. Adamek got the better of it in the third, but the underdog landed his share as well.
It got crazy again in the fifth, when Adamek (46-3) stunned Walker (39-7-1) and his finishing instinct kicked in. He hurled a bunch of punches, backed him up, and the ref had to step in to save the challenger with 1:50 left in the round. About 25 shots were thrown, and most of them landed, in the climactic portion of the clash.
Not sure where Adamek, 35, goes next. No one will clamor for him to get another crack at a Klitschko -- not after Vitali battered him last September, finishing him in the 10th. We can see him giving problems to beltholder Alexander Povetkin, who we assume will get past challenger Hasim Rahman on Sept. 29 in Germany.