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McBride brought down by Adamek

Associated Press / April 10, 2011

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NEWARK — Top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek took a step toward a championship showdown with one of the Klitschko brothers, unanimously outpointing Kevin McBride last night.

Adamek (44-1, 28 KO’s) dominated from the outset, using his speed to outscore and outpunch his opponent, winning every round on all three judges’ scorecards.

Judge Robert Grosso had the fight, 120-107, in favor of the Polish-born Adamek, who lives in Kearny, N.J., while Lynn Carter and Larry Hazzard Jr. both had the fight 119-108.

McBride (35-9-1), an Irish fighter who lives in Dorchester, entered the ring at a whopping 285 pounds, 70 pounds heavier than Adamek.

McBride, who sent former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson into retirement in 2005, appeared out of shape and was sloppy for the entire fight, resorting to tactics such as pushing Adamek’s head down, throwing rabbit punches, and even stepping on Adamek’s foot in the 11th round.

McBride was only competitive in the sixth round. The rest of the fight belonged to Adamek.

The crowd of 7,653 was heavily pro-Adamek, chanting, “Polska! Polska!’’ throughout the fight.

Adamek has a deal in place to face either Vitaly or Vladimir Klitschko for either of their heavyweight championship titles in September in Poland.