'Bones' has been around pro boxing for 11 years which is not unusual, except that Adams
is still only 26 years old. Adams was thought of a prodigy of sorts around the Midwest
fight circuit and his name was widely recognized in boxing circles. Turning pro at 15
years of age Adams was put on the fast track to success and at the end of his first year
as a pro had won 9 fights. 11 victories followed in the second year but also included a
technical draw because of injury, it would be a omen of things to come as injuries have
played a major role in the career of Adams. At the end of 3 years as a pro Adams had
climbed in the IBF ratings and received a shot at Orlando Canizales. At the time
Canizales was the most well traveled and experienced champion in boxing. Adams surprised
many by pushing the champ hard and took many early rounds before his father pulled Adams
out of the fight in the 11th round because of injury. More bad luck would creep up on
Adams as he lost his next two fights, also because of injury. In 1995 two ESPN fights
against Edwin Santana and Kevin Kelly damaged the image of Adams (still plagued by
nagging injuries) because of the lackluster performance of all involved in the fights
and Adams fell of the boxing map for a while. For the next 3 years Adams only fought
sporadically before signing to fight Nestor Garza for the WBA junior featherweight
title. But this time we saw a Adams fighting at 100% and 'Bones' showed what many had
seen before his nagging injuries had set in. In what many saw as a upset, Adams both
outboxed and outpunched the hard hitting champion from south of the border. Adams
clearly showed that barring injury he is a force in the division and a match for any
champion in and around his weight. One successful defense on HBO against Andres
Fernandes has followed, unfortunately his hand was once again injured in the fight. Now
we wait for the return of Adams early next year, until then Adams was kind enough to
take the time to answer your questions here at Boxing Wise.
I also want to thank Mr. Adams for his patience as my bad recording technique and a snow
storm twice forced cancellation of his replies to your question. But on Monday we got it
all sorted and out and here is the article, we hope everyone enjoys it.
I also want to thank Mr. Adams for his patience as my bad recording technique and a snow storm twice forced cancellation of his replies to your question. But on Monday we got it all sorted and out and here is the article, we hope everyone enjoys it.
Round 1 - Isley in Massachusetts: There are not a lot of good American fighters in the smaller weight classes, who did you like or pattern yourself after if anyone in the lower weight classes. Adams - I would say Marvin Hagler, I am a boxer and watch it, but I really don't remember some of the older fighters. In the lighter weight divisions I would have to say Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. The reason I like Hagler is because..... he could box, he could punch, he could fight southpaw or orthodox. He could do it all. He also fought the toughest people out there. Round 2 - Jurgen in Germany: I see on your record that you fought in France, did you enjoy fighting in Europe and were you afraid of bad decisions going against you as Roy Jones seems to be. Adams - Yes, definitely. I enjoyed fighting there but yes I was very nervous about the judging. I also fought in Italy, but I dropped that guy early and I try not to make my fights too close. But I would say if it was a tough fight, I think they probably would give it to that guy because he was from over there. Round 3 - Ronny in Texas: How is your hand (Adams broke it in his last fight) and when will you fight again? Adams - My hand is doing fine, it is healing very good and I am trying to fight some time in the end of February or March. We are trying to work on some kind of deal where Johnny Tapia and I can fight on the same card. God willing we can both win, look good and then fight each other. Round 4 - Mitchell in New York City: How did you manage to get a title shot so early in your career and do you think you were prepared enough to fight a really good champ like Canizales in you're first title try. Adams - I do think I was ready. First of all I got the title shot because I had proven myself and I got ranked number 3 in the world. I beat the people I had to beat. I do think I was ready for him, but I think things would have been different if we would have fought in the United States instead of France. I was 17 years old and I felt really uncomfortable being over there and the way I was treated. I was 17 years old and I see Orlando Canizales there, and he is sitting down having dinner with one of our judges. And he is going to judge the fight! It really didn't make me feel too comfortable. Round 5 - Lucas in Louisville Kentucky: It is great to have a champion from Kentucky again! Will you try to defend your title here and if so where? Adams - That depends on the promoter and where we can get a site. But yes I definitely will defend my title in Kentucky. I just don't know exactly when yet. I am also from Western Kentucky where there are not a lot of good venues for boxing. I am right at the border of Indiana and Illinois, over in Evansville Indiana they have the niece stadiums and stuff like that. But if you look at that it is not in Kentucky, so it depends on the promoter and what he wants to do with that. Round 6 - Carlos in California: Who was the hardest puncher you ever faced? Adams - You know, I have never been rocked before. I guess Nestor Garza and Orlando Canziales had the best records and powerpunches. I try to get in the best shape I can, and not get hit. Round 7 - Jenny in Iowa: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received from someone in the boxing business? Adams - Don't trust anyone. Round 8 - Phil in Yonkers, NY: At what age do you plan to retire and is there someone who you would rely on to tell you the truth if you're skills started to fade? Adams - There is one person I do rely on to tell me that and that is Cameron Dunkin (Adams manager). I plan on retiring by the time I am 29. I think I can get 6 or 7 fights in until then. Round 9 - Donald Nevada: If there was anyone in the history of boxing you could fight, who would it be? Adams - It would be hard to say? I would guess someone like a Tommy Hearns. If you sit and look at it Tommy Hearns fought everybody and he did a lot of things that a lot of fighters can't do. Everybody says Leonard is the greatest but you know what Tommy was winning that first fight and he definitely won the second fight. If you beat this guy, than you have beaten somebody! Same thing with Roberto Duran, these guys are just tremendous fighters..... just remarkable. Also some people had compared me to Willie Pep, maybe him. Round 10 - Scott in Wyoming: What was your biggest disappointment and greatest joy in boxing? Adams - My biggest disappointment is losing due to injury.not skill. I have to admit that I have 3 loses on my record but the only reason I lost is because of injuries. These guys are not better fighters than I am. That is a big disappointment and it hurts me everytime someone asks me my record. The biggest joy was winning the world title. Round 11 - Brian in California: I am 14 years old and want to start boxing but am sure I would be scared before my first fight. How do I get rid of the scared feeling? Adams - You are going to be nervous and scared at first, until that bell rings and that first punch is thrown. But as soon as that first punch is thrown it will all go away. Round 12 - Al in Maryland: What kind of amateur background did you have and do you think having a lot of amateur fights is as important as the TV analyst make it out to be since they are only 3 rounds long? Adams - I had a amateur record of 176 wins and 4 loses, so I had a lot of amateur fights. I fought grown men, open champions, Canadian champions when I was young. I was just 13 and 14 years old. It does help you tremendously, you get experience and learn skills and now they are going 5 rounds instead of 3. But the politics are just as bad as the pro's.
Born: July 6, 1974 in Mount Carmel, Illinois Amateur record: 176 Wins, 4 Loses Pro record: 40 wins (19 K.O), 3 loses, 3 draws Current W.B.A. Junior featherweight Champion - 1990 - Apr-3-1990 W 4 over Simmie Black Apr-16-1990 W 4 over Johnny Higgins May-1-1990 W 4 over Sid Miller Jun-22-1990 W 4 over Kiko Rodriguez Aug-7-1990 KO 1 over William Sholar Sep-7-1990 TKO 2 over Homero Guel Nov-1-1990 KO 3 over Jose Castro Dec-6-1990 TKO 2 over David Long Dec-14-1990 W 6 over Julian Flores - 1991 - Feb-8-1991 W 6 over Tony Perez Mar-1-1991 TD 2 Tony Perez Apr-11-1991 KO 3 over Guadalupe Barajas May-9-1991 KO 1 over Gary Spencer Jun-15-1991 TKO 3 over Roy Simpson Jul-6-1991 TKO 1 over Elijio Mejia Jul-22-1991 KO 1 over Nelson Garcia Aug-16-1991 W 10 over Lee Cargle Sep-9-1991 KO 1 over Martin Ochoa Oct-14-1991 W 10 over Martin Cardenas Nov-12-1991 TKO 3 over Mario Lozano Dec-9-1991 TKO 1 over Martin Llovera - 1992 - Jan-21-1992 TKO 1 over Juan Perez Mar-13-1992 TKO 4 over Arterio Nava Apr-4-1992 W 12 over Javier Diaz Jun-26-1992 W 10 over Runnell Doll Sep-12-1992 TKO 6 over Darryl Jones Dec-2-1992 W 8 over Gabriel Bernal - 1993 - Mar-27-1993 TKO 11 by Orlando Canizales for I.B.F. Bantamweight title Nov-10-1993 TKO 4 by Frank Toledo - 1994 - Feb-25-1994 TKO 6 by Jeff Trimble Aug-2-1994 W 6 over Simmie Black Oct-15-1994 KO 1 over Joel Rodgers Nov-2-1994 W 10 over Tommy Parks - 1995 - Jan-6-1995 W 10 over Isagani Pumar Apr-7-1995 D 10 with Edwin Santana Jun-13-1995 W 10 over Felipe Garcia Sep-9-1995 D 12 with Kevin Kelley - 1996 - Feb-18-1996 KO 1 over Leon Rozier - 1997 - Jul-14-1997 W 10 over Kino Rodriguez Aug-3-1997 W 12 over Mike Juarez Nov-14-1997 TKO 1 over Lee Cargle Nov-21-1997 W 10 over Roberto Villareal - 1998 - inactive - 1999 - Apr-16-1999 W 6 over Lee Cargle Nov-26-1999 W 10 over Aristead Clayton - 2000 - Mar-4-2000 W 12 over Nestor Garza wins W.B.A., Junior featherweight championship Aug-5-2000 TKO 6 over Andres Fernandez retains W.B.A. Junior featherweight championship