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Former Cruiserweight champion and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, a Polish fighter out of Jersey City, New Jersey, won a unanimous twelve-round decision to retain the IBF International Heavyweight title over challenger Jason Estrada at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek moves into an eliminator bout against Chris Arreola later in 2010 for a shot at the full IBF heavyweight title.
A partisan crowd of over ten-thousand paying Polish patriots wearing red and waving Polish flags influenced the decision, causing Estrada to cry foul at the post-fight press conference. This reporter scored the bout a 115-115 draw, while another reporter scored it 114-114 draw. Neither fighter impressed much.
Estrada clearly won the first, and later the ninth, tenth, and the twelfth. A tiring Adamek, now 40-1 (27), was breathing heavily from the seventh round on. Estrada gave away the eleventh; later claiming it was just “a change in strategy against Adamek” that Estrada still calls “a smart fighter”. More...