Boxing legend Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) is facing a lot of financial problems in the States and requested a high purse of 250,000 dollars to face Polish prospect Krzysztof Zimnoch (15-0-1, 11 KOs) on an October card in Poland.
Zimnoch's promoter rejected Holyfield's financial demand and sent him a counter-offer. Zimnoch's team is waiting to receive a response from Holyfield. It was reported last week that Holyfield was being legally pursued over a child support of over 300,000.
He had a very hectic scheduled in 2012, but EBU cruiserweight champion Mateusz Masternak (30-0, 22 KOs) will return on August 24th. The exact details are still being put together.
Last year Masternak stepped in the ring five times and stopped three opponents inside the distance. He made his 2013 debut on April 13th with a nine round stoppage of Sean Corbin in Denmark. The top rated Polish boxer, promoted by Sauerland Event, is looking to land a title shot in the next twelve months.
Michal "TNT" Chudecki (5-0-1, 3 KO's) has no time to dwell on the past. After his last fight, which ended up in a draw, his promoter Mariusz Kolodziej decided test his fighter's ability with a risky challenge. In his 7th professional bout Chudecki will face his fellow compatriot and experienced fighter Krzysztof Szot (17-5-1, 5 KO's) on June 29 in Ostroda, Poland.
The 8-round super featherweight bout will be part of the undercard for Skok Wolomin Boxing Show co-promoted by Global Boxing and Babilon Promotion. Headlining the event will be Polish light heavyweight rising star Pawel Glazewski (20-1, 5KO's). In a co-feature bout, Polish fans will have a chance to see Kamil Laszczyk (13-0, 6KO's). Laszczyk will face an opponent to be named soon, in a 12-round WBO Inter-Continental featherweight title defense.
The rest of the card will be filled up with local talent, including Kamil Szeremeta, Marcin Siwy, Tomasz Duszak, and Michal Cieslak.
June 15th, Bydgoszcz, Poland. Artur Szpilka (14-0, 11 KOs) vs Brian Minto (37-5, 24 KOs). ''The Pin'' against ''The Beast''. The War.
Heavyweight prospect Tomasz Duszak will sign a co-promotional agreement with Global Boxing and Babilon Promotions. His first bout under the new contract will take place on June 29 in Ostroda, Poland.
Coming from Poznan, Poland, 24-year-old Duszak has already had his professional debut. In his first bout as a pro, he knocked out Pavlo Nechyporebko by the end of the first round.
Duszak is currently training under the watchful eye of Piotr Wilczewski, well-known Polish fighter and boxing coach, who is also working with other Global Boxing prospects: Kamil Laszczyk and Patryk Szymanski.
On June 28th at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida - 28-year-old Grzegorz Proksa (29-2, 21 KOs) will make his return and the likely candidate is former world champion Sergio Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs).
The contracts have yet to be signed. Mora lost two of his last three, both close decision to Brian Vera.
Proksa comes back one fight removed from a brutal beating at the hands of WBA champion Gennady Golovkin. The match would be televised by ESPN's Friday Night Fights in the United States.
Latest update: the fight is now official.
Former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29KOs) has yet to decide on his next opponent. Rumors have been swirling but the Polish star says none of them are true. His team is speaking with several possible candidates. Adamek has been out of the ring since last December's split decision win over Steve Cunningham. He has already been training for the last month and plans to step things up this week.
"After the fight with Cunningham I announced that I would take an extended break from boxing to [relax from] the rapid pace I was going at for several years in the United States. The break was designed to regenerate my body after so many battles and to create my hunger to box again. I have achieved those objectives. I've been training for a month with trainer Roger Bloodworth. The media has repeatedly portrayed several opponents. I myself have said many times that I will personally provide the information when a fight contract, signed by both parties, is on the table. Unfortunately, to this day, despite many promising negotiations with the promoters of several top fighters, no contract has been signed," Adamek said.
On June 15th in Bydgoszcz, Poland, heavyweight prospect Artur Szpilka (14-0, 11 KOs) will face veteran Brian Minto (37-5, 24 KOs).
Minto has gone 3-3 in his last six, winning three by knockout and losing three by knockout to Marco Huck, Tony Grano and Chris Arreola.
Szpilka is an all-action fighter, making it very difficult to see his match with Minto reaching a decision.
Talks begin for a fall fight between former two division world champion Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) and Polish heavyweight prospect Krzysztof Zimnoch (15-0-1, 11 KOs).
The bout is now being discussed for October in Wieliczka, Poland. Holyfield has requested a purse of $250,000 dollars for the match. One week ago Zimnoch won a tough eight round decision over former WBC champion Oliver McCall.
According to Mariusz Kolodziej, founder of Global Boxing, he received an offer to match his boxer, Patrick Majewski (20-1, 13 KOs), against Marco Antonio Rubio (57-6-1, 49 KOs) on July 27 in Mexico, with the WBC interim-middleweight title likely at stake.
Rubio is the mandatory challenger to the full middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, who may not fight again until 2014 due to several injuries suffered in his last defense.
Arena Hall, ul. B. Chrobrego 50B, Legionowo, Poland - Elijah McCall (11-3-1, 10 KOs) summed up a bad day for the McCall family, being stopped in five bloody rounds by the veteran (yet a rookie) Pole Marcin Rekowski (9-0, 8 KOs). McCall got some success early on with his hard right hands but that was it. Down the stretch of the first Rekowski got adjusted to his foe and started to connect with hard left hands. McCall has been slowly being pummeled into non-existence by the local favorite for the next three rounds, with each stanza being more and more punishing for the 25-year old American. Finally, in the fifth, Rekowski landed several hard bombs from both right and left, which had McCall reeling along the ropes and finally falling down with a bloody mask on his face. At this point, approximately 1:34 of the fifth, the referee stepped in and rightfully waved Elijah off with his saddened father watching from ringside. McCall has now lost two in a row.
In a minor upset, super middleweight talent Andrzej Soldra (7-0-1, 4 KOs) was held to a six-round draw against durable and willing opponent Bartlomiej Grafka (9-6, 2 KOs). Soldra was his usual self, moving out using blistering combinations to counter his aggressive counterpart. Soldra was in control of the first four rounds, clearly outboxing aggressive but limited Grafka. The latter, however, never stopped trying, and his diligence paid off in the fifth, when he finally sent Soldra to the canvas with a crushing left hand. Soldra was never the same after that but managed to last till the final bell. No scores were announced.
On Friday Guillermo Jones proved there was a country for old men. Yesterday the former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, slowly nearing his milestone 50th birthday, showed he belonged to the same state of Old but was cut short by the judges, as all three of them awarded this bout to the relatively young (29 years) Polish prospect Krzysztof Zimnoch in an eight-round contest. The victory for the young fighter wasn't justified by BoxingScene, which had it 77-75 - for the American veteran. On the other hand, Bokser.org saw the close fight and had it 77-75 for the Pole.
McCall, entering his 28th year as a pro, was reasonably slow and plodding in the beginning but still managed to land some sneaky jabs to the head of Zimnoch. The Pole punched more and landed good blows but, as usual, they had no effect on the Atomic Bull, an owner of one of the most solid chins in boxing history. McCall, 48, worked his way back into the fight by its midst and started to get to his younger foe in the later rounds. McCall's jab troubled Zimnoch numerous times but it was his uppercut that did the most damage. Zimnoch was working hard to retaliate but had little effect fighting back. That didn't mean anything though when the scores were tallied: 77-76, 77-75 and 79-75 - for the Pole, who increases his record to 15-0-1, with 11 KOs. McCall is now 56-13, with 37 KOs, but can hang with the second-tier heavyweights for years to come.
In a duel of two previously undefeated welterweights, Michal Zerominski (5-0, 1 KO) looked superior to Lukasz Janik (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder and left no doubt as to who was thewinner, scoring a unanimous decision.
Lightweight Krzysztof Cieslak (19-5, 6 KOs) won a thriller against far less experienced but competent opponent Ariel Krasnopolski (2-3). Cieslak was dropped down hard in the opening seconds of the fight after a huge right hand of Krasnopolski but managed to weather the storm and gradually fought his way back to the fight. Krasnopolski started to fade in the middle rounds. Later in the fight, Cieslak was in full control of the contest and finally got the job done with a hard left hook, which had Krasnopolski down and out cold.
Kamil Szeremeta (3-0) MD 4 Robert Talarek (1-1-1)
Michal Szebestik (1-1) MD 4 Erek Cieslowki (0-1)
Crocus City Hall, Moscow - WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18KOs) destroyed previously undefeated Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-1, 13KOs) in three rounds on Friday. After an slow first round, Povetkin opened up in the second with a hard right hand to drop Wawrzyk hard. Wawrzyk beat the count and took punishment until the bell. In the third Povetkin dropped Wawrzyk two more times with hard lefts and rights to force the stoppage. Wawrzyk was cut, bloody and hurt when the referee saved him from further punishment.
Povetkin looked very determined, put his punches together in fast but deadly combinations (mostly combining his left uppercut with his left hook). Finally, he found a room for a huge straight right hand in the second round, which landed squarely on the Pole's whiskers. And down went Wawrzyk. He did jump up at the count of "two" by referee Russell Mora, which wasn't a smart move at all. Povetkin went into kill mode but failed to finish Wawrzyk off in the second stanza. However, the Pole was bleeding profusely from his nose after this round.
The third stanza proved to be the last one. Povetkin started off a bit slowly, looking at the effects of the thunderous second stanza. Then he went for the finish. Another right hand rocked Wawrzyk but he managed to retain his upright position. But the Povetkin stormed in, swinging furiously at the shaken Pole. After another right hand from the Russian "Vityaz" (Russian word for a "Knight") he almost went down but didn't touch the ground because of the ropes. Mora correctly ruled it a knockdown. With his face being a bloody mess at this point, Wawrzyk had little left but bravely continued to fight and to take punishment. Soon, it was finished for good. Alexander landed several more punches, including a pair of left hooks, which had Wawrzyk down squarely on his back. Russell Mora didn't bother to count and wawed it off at 2:23 of the third round.
"I just wanted to show some offensive arsenal", commented Povetkin right afterwards. "I trained for a longer fight but, well, it has ended pretty fast."
"I planned for Sasha to knock him [Wawrzyk] out in the fourth but he has exceeded my expectations - that was a great bonus", said Russian top prizefighter in history and Povetkin's head coach Kostya Tszyu.
With Vitaliy Klitschko (as well as Nikolay Valuev, Magomed Abdusalamov and a number of other renowned pugilists) watching at ringside and smiling kindly, Povetkin confirmed: "Wladimir Klitschko is my next goal and my next opponent".
Povetkin now moves forward to a fall showdown with IBO/WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the fall. Klitschko-Povetkin will take place in Moscow and Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov won the promotionsl rights with a purse bid win of $23 million dollars.
The weights are in for Friday's doubleheader in Moscow, Russia. Undefeated Polish contender Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KOs) will attempt to capture the WBA "regular" heavyweight championship from Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs). Wawrzyk weighed in at 232.5-pounds, while Povetkin was 228.3.
In the co-feature, also for the WBA world championship but at cruiserweight - champion Denis Lebedev (25-1, 19 KOs) of Russia came in at 199.2-pounds, while the manadatory challenger from Panama, Guillermo Jones (38-3-2, 30 KOs) was slightly lighter and came in at 198.8.
"I'm excellent and ready to go. Povetkin likes to box at the middle distance, and he is able to counter-attack quickly, so I have to work non-stop in the ring. I think that I have enough stamina to do that. I plan to attack from the very first round. It's a fight for the championship belt, and I will do everything in my power to win the title," Wawrzyk said.
Rzeszow, Poland, 20/04/2013 - It wasn't a satisfying night of fistic joy for rising Polish heavyweight star Artur Szpilka (14-0, 11 KOs). On paper it was the first (or the second - depending on the certain rules of the local federation) round stoppage, however, the Pole's opponent Taras Bidenko (28-6, 12 KOs) retired on his stool between the stanzas due to a right leg injury.
Szpilka, a flamboyant and cocky character, came in with a very hard win over Mike Mollo earlier this year, in which he was forced to lift himself up a couple of times to get a huge knockout win. The 24-year old Pole from Wieliczka picked up from where he left and immediately pressed forward. The Ukrainian, who wasn't seen in the ring for over a year, was dominated, looked lost and boxed on unsteady feet. Moreover, his balance turned even worse when he twisted his right leg during the round. Bidenko fought through until the bell but was forced to quit between the rounds.
WBA/IBF #2 rated cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (31-0, 17 KOs) stayed busy in his wait of a huge fight or an occasional shot at the cruiserweight title by outpointing aging former light heavyweight interim champion Richard Hall of Jamaica over eight non-eventful rounds. Jab was a primary weapon for the Polish contender as he kept throwing it time and again against the faded opponent, who looked weary and rusty.
Kolodziej was in full control of the fight, whilst Hall did everything to survive, and survival was his only goal. The Pole had a big opening round, put Hall down with a corker of a right hook in the fourth and was close to get the stoppage in the closing rounds. Final scores were 80-71 (twice) and 80-68 - for Kolodziej.
WBO #8 super featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (13-0, 6 KOs) was forced to work hard in order to score a wide unanimous decision over rugged countryman Krzysztof Rogowski (5-3, 2 KOs). Rogowski was down in the sixth round.
WBO #6 rated cruiserweight (also ranked #15 by the IBF) Krzysztof Glowacki (19-0, 12 KOs) survived some hard moments en route to a good win over the Luxembourg-based Gabonese Taylor Mabika (9-2, 4 KOs). Southpaw Glowacki put his man down with a good counter left hook in the second round, but Mabika (now 0-2 in his last couple of fights) came strong as the fight progressed. It wasn't enough to get him a win but he looked pretty strong and effective to trouble Glowacki from time to time. Official scores were 78-74, 78-73 and 80-71 - for Krzysztof Glowacki. BoxingScene had it 77-74 - also for the Pole.
His recent impressive performance at Polsat Boxing Night, and a great attitude while sparring with Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs), has not gone unnoticed. Middleweight prospect Maciej Sulecki (13-0, 3 KOs) has caught the attention of Sauerland Event, who are interested in signing the 23-year-old talent.
"I've heard a lot of good things about Sulęcki. Kessler told me he was a great sparring partner. There is a difference of one weight class, and he is doing well, although he has only 13 fights. It's a phenomenal experience for him. We are interested in signing him to a contract," Nisse Sauerland said. Kessler is training for a May 25th rematch with Carl Froch, the IBF super middleweight champion.
There is a two-fight agreement in place for WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33 KOs) to defend his title against undefeated Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12 KOs) on June 22 in Moscow. The agreement, while not fully finalized, guarantees Wlodarczyk an immediate rematch in the event he loses to the 2008 Olympic gold medal winner.
However, the champion says the with Chakhiev is not yet done. Contrary to published reports, no finalized contract has been received and a monetary advance from Chakhkiev's side, who are financing the event in Russia, has to be secured. Chakhkiev's side have stated that the money was wired over and should be arriving shortly. The champion wants to review the contract terms with his team.
"He is certainly a very dangerous fighter. He was an Olympic champion. Anyway, this is a fighter who commits a lot of mistakes during his attacks, but can quickly and strongly counter. I think that he will have problems trying to keep up the pace of a good fight," the champion noted.
On May 18th, Polish heavyweight prospect Krzysztof Zimnoch (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will face former WBC world champion Oliver McCall (56-12, 37 KOs).
This will be Zimnoch's first eight round bout and takes at Arena Hall in Legionowo, Poland.
McCall, 47-years-old, has one of the best chins in heavyweight boxing and has never been stopped. In his last fight, he lost a decision to Francesco Pianeta, who challenges Wladimir Klitschko on May 4th. Although he is far along in age, the fight presents a big test for Zimnoch.
On the undercard of Braekhus vs St John event in Denmark's Fredrikshavn, Polish cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak, 30-0, took a long time to get untracked in his WBC Int´l Silver title contest against Trinidad´s Sean Corbin, 15-4, but finally put it together for a stoppage at 1:01 into the ninth. Corbin was down in the eighth as well and both eyes were almost swollen shut at the time of the stoppage.
Corbin was however off to a good start as Masternak looked unable to get anything on what on paper appeared to be a relatively easy opponent. The judges had it 79-72 twice and 80-71 for the Pole after eight.
WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) many very well defend his title against undefeated 6'5 Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13 KOs) of Poland on May 17th in Moscow, according to the fighter's manager Vladimir Hryunov. The event is headlined by a duel between WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and challenger Guillermo Jones. Hryunov is waiting to get approval from the WBA, who ordered Povetkin to face unified champion Wladimir Klitschko in a mandatory fight by the end of August.
'We are working on this fight, but it is too early to consider it a finalized issue. A number of conditions have to be met. We need the consent of the WBA to take this fight before the clash with Wladimir Klitschko. In this matter, the WBA is talking with Povetkin's promoter Sauerland Event. According to the decree of the WBA, Wladimir and Alexander have to fight no later than August 31. Therefore, the earliest possible time to make a fight for Povetkin is in May," Hryunov said.
4/6, Sat. - Rafal Jackiewicz (42-11-2, 21 KOs) suffered yet another setback, as he was knocked out in the eleventh round by EBU welterweight champion Leonard Bundu (29-0-2, 10KOs).
Jackiewicz was the European champion back in 2008/09 and looked to regain the crown before a hostile crowd at the Tendastrisce in Rome. It was a tough fight, but Bundu had the edge. The end came in the eleventh after Bundy landed a crippling left hook to the liver.
One of the best Polish professionals, middleweight contender Grzegorz Proksa (29-2, 21 KOs), will return to the ring on June 28. So far it is not known where and who the opponent will be, but the information being circulated states that his next fight will take place in the United States.
A former EBU champion, Proksa, returned to action in February and won a six round decision over Norbert Szekeres (13-21). It was Proksa's first win since last year's beating at the hands of WBA/IBO champion Gennady Golovkin. He was reportedly going to return as part of an ESPN televised card on March 23rd at Turning Stone Casino in New York - but the boxer injured his hand in the February return and the March fight was postponed.
A week after its away 4-1 victory over Hussars Poland, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder has offered the same performance to the audience of Campione d’Italia to reach the World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-finals. Even without most of their stars, the defending Champions have once again proved on Saturday that nothing will ever be easy for their opponents.
Opening the evening at Bantamweight (50-54kg), Thunder Riccardo d’Andrea was proposed a tough rival in the shape of Dawid Pawel Michelus. Frustrated by the tactic of his opponent - coming as close as possible, infighting - the Italian had a lot of difficulties to keep his calm and serenity. However this anger became an advantage in the fifth and final round when he did put all his strength and power to land a few decisive punches and secure a close but unanimous decision (48-47).
Dolce and Gabbana Italia Thunder was then presenting its superstar Domenico Valentino at Lightweight (57-61kg). Facing the tactician Damian Wrzesinski, Valentino had decided to counter-attack all of his opponent’s few though precise punches. With a lot of speed and mobility, the 2009 AIBA World Champion managed to land some furious combinations which impressed the judges all the way. Therefore when the Pole was stopped in the fourth round with a bleeding skull, Valentino was already leading on points and thus recorded his ninth success in his WSB career.
The Defending champions officially confirmed as semi-finalists, newcomer Valter Fiorucci stepped onto the ring with a lot less pressure on him. Opposed to 20-year-old Hussar Ireneusz Zakrzewski at Middleweight (68-73kg), the Italian former pro suffered to find this so special WSB rhythm. He actually never found it and lost unanimously each and every round in this bout, giving the Polish Franchise its sole point in the match.
Next up at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg), Thunder Vitalijus Subacius from Lithuania and Ukrainian Serhiy Radchenko were the only foreign fighters of each team tonight. Extremely powerful, both boxers offered the most exciting fight to the crowd of the Casino Campione. After Radchenko had won the first two rounds, but been sent to canvas in the third, the scorecards were showing 28:28 before the final six minutes. Subacius finally demonstrated a lot of bravery to win this bout, but Radchenko is clearly one to remember.
Heavyweights (91+kg) Matteo Modugno and Michal Cieslak ended with two very different styles. Between the heavy and powerful Italian and the tall and mobile Pole, the debates were very equal over the first two rounds. Slowly but surely, the experienced Modugno started to block his opponent in the ropes and land some strong punches. Cieslak finished exhausted and defeated in his first WSB outing.
Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder will now face tough Ukraine Otamans in the semi-finals with the first leg scheduled for 13 April in Italy, and the return one in Kiev on 19 April. Hussars' first WSB adventure is finished but they surprised positively.
Polish heavyweight prospect Artur Szpilka (13-0, 10 KOs) will return on April 20th in Rzeszow, Poland. Last month the boxer was involved in a very exciting encounter in Chicago, where he was dropped two times before coming back in the sixth round to score a knockout over Mike Mollo. The fight was televised by ESPN's Friday Night Fights.
Szpilka is having some trouble finding an opponent for the April date. He says former champion Hasim Rahman, and contender Tor Hamer, have turned down offers. The Polish boxer also says former champ Sergei Liakhovich initially agreed to take the fight but then took a pass after noting that he wouldn't have enough time to get ready by the date.
Benefiting from the World Series of Boxing (WSB) huge experience of four of their boxers, defending Champion Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder has taken a clear advantage over its Polish opponents after this quarter-final first leg at the Hala Osir in Zawiercie. Considering that their line-up will probably be as strong next week, the Italians have one foot in the semi-finals.
Clearly considered as the underdog in the opening Bantamweight (50-54kg) contest, Hussars Poland Mateusz Mazik has put all of his strength in his battle against experienced Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Vincenzo Picardi. Showing a very aggressive style during the entire bout, Mazik was however not touching much, having to deal with a very dodging Italian. Although the Pole won the last two rounds, that was not enough to prevent the first point from going to the other side.
Two very similar boxers were then going head-to-head at Lightweight (57-61kg). Capable of being patients before landing some quick combinations, Adil Aslanov and Branimir Stankovic have offered the crowds a pretty tactical fight. In this context, Stankovic’s past seven bouts in two WSB seasons made the difference as the Serbian won each and every round in the opinion of the three judges, giving his team a clear advantage.
The most anticipated bout of the evening was coming at Middleweight (68-73kg), with the obligation for Hussars’ best boxer and poster-boy Tomasz Jablonski to come on top of strong Frenchman Michel Tavares. That encounter has not disappointed any boxing fan. Fast and furious, both men landed punch after punch, Jablonski getting even cut in the second round. Equal in the views of two judges before the fifth round, the Polish bravery was in the end not rewarded, because of an impressive last three minutes from Tavares. And the Italians had already won this first leg.
With 14 wins for only three losses in his WSB career, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder Abdelhafid Benchabla was considered the favourite in his Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) bout against Mateusz Jerzy Tryc. Even if the Pole won the second round and demonstrated some promising skills, the London 2012 Algerian flag bearer used his experience to dominate the rest of the fight.
Closing the curtains at Heavyweight (91+kg), Mateusz Malujda has put all his power to clear his team’s name against league’s newcomer Emanuele Leo. Coming from the pro ranks with an impressive 7-0, the Italian however never found this so special WSB rhythm. Overwhelmed from the beginning and all the way until the final gong, Leo was therefore unable to offer a clean victory to his team, leaving a bit of hope to the Polish.
Travelling to Campione d’Italia next week for the return leg, Hussars Poland will have the tough mission to win all of the five remaining bouts to win this match. In case of a draw on aggregate, an additional Bantamweight fight will decide the semi-finalist. Any other result will qualify Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder.
Putting face-to-face newcomers Hussars Poland and league’s pioneer Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder, this World Series of Boxing (WSB) quarter-final looks like a clash of extremes. But despite the difference of experience, the Polish want to delight their fans at the Hala Osir of Zawiercie this Saturday 23 March (18:00 local time). Considering the danger, the defending Champions have brought an extremely strong line-up.
Opening the evening at Bantamweight (50-54kg), Hussars Poland southpaw Mateusz Mazik as so far won all of his first three contests. However this time around, he will have to deal with an experienced Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Vincenzo Picardi, who has recorded seven wins and two losses since 2010. Mazik will try to control the bout from the first seconds, knowing that his opponent’s tactical skills are multiple. The local boxer will surely need to be at his best if he wants to see his arm raised at the end of the fifth round.
Even if Polish Lightweight (57-61kg) Adil Aslanov had the opportunity to always fight at home, the 21-year-old has only won two of his four outings. Always trying to find the best moments to land some quick attacks, Aslanov lost to Azeri Magomedali Ukayev in Week 10 but ensures he is now ready for the knockout stage. His rival this Saturday will be Serbian Branimir Stankovic, who shows a 3-1 record in Season III, and will try to impose the rhythm all the way till the final gong.
Hussars’ poster-boy and best boxer, Middleweight (68-73kg) Tomasz Jablonski is also unbeaten in WSB (3-0). But he is now offered a real test in the shape of Frenchman Michel Tavares, 16 contests in three seasons in the league. If the Italia Thunder southpaw has lost five times, it was always against top fighters such as Sergiy Derevyanchenko (twice), Khaybula Musalov, Fred Evans and Ivan Golub. As much as his heavy punches are famous, Jablonski’s footwork could be the secret weapon.
"Physically I feel very well prepared, in a very good shape", said Jablonski. "Mentally I am getting there, I will be ready on Saturday. Be sure of that".
Another tough fight is scheduled at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) with Poland’s Mateusz Tryc facing one of the league’s star, Abdelhafid Benchabla. The Algerian flag bearer at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony has already competed 17 times the past three years in WSB for 14 wins and three losses. His style and tactics are known to be even more powerful and efficient in pro-style than AIBA Open Boxing (AOB).
Hussars Poland’s last proud member this night will be Heavyweight (91+kg) Mateusz Malujda, an orthodox fighter who has secured his first victory in Week 8 against Argentina Condors Facundo César Ghiglione. His challenger will be WSB debutant Emanuele Leo. This however doesn’t mean that the bout will be unbalanced since the Italian is back from the pro ranks with a record of 7-0. The new Thunder being taller than the Pole, a clear physical advantage could be on his side.
In their penultimate match of the regular season, Russia made light work of the visiting Hussars Poland in their World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group A clash on at the Konti Sport Recreation Center. Not one round was lost as Konstantin Bogomazov, Petr Khamukov, Dmitriy Bivol and Vitaly Kudukhov all recorded perfect victories for themselves.
The match got underway with the Lightweight (57-61kg) contest between clever operator Bogomazov and 24-year-old orthodox Pole Jacek Adam Wylezol. The young Russian’s skills were evident right from the off as he completely outthought and outboxed his opponent. Using his jab well and pouncing with some crisp combinations, Bogomazov was on top throughout the five rounds. In the end it was a classy victory for the Russian 21-year-old with Wylezol unable to match his endeavour.
At Middleweight (68-73kg), Khamukov notched up a second successive win after a comprehensive victory versus Polish 23-year-old Dawid Pac. After impressing in his last outing in Algeria, Khamukov once again demonstrated speed, power and a quality selection of shots in his fight as he dictated all the exchanges. From the first bell, the Russian was on top, unloading some great shots to stamp his authority on his opponent. Never letting his intensity drop, Khamukov took all five rounds on each of the judges’ scorecards and further extended his team’s lead in the match.
It was then the turn of Bivol to take to the ring with the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) facing the Hussars’ orthodox Ukrainian Serhiy Radchenko. The 22-year-old Russian was a revelation, showing good footwork and a tactical mind to outwit his rival. On his WSB debut, Bivol looked assured, boxing well at distance on and on the inside, mixing it to the body and head with ease. Radchenko was devoid of ideas and unable to cope with the precision of his opponent. Bivol was unstoppable and he cruised to another perfect victory for the Russians.
No-nonsense Heavyweight (91+kg) Kudukhov was bright against the Hussars’ Yan Sudzilouski from Belorussia, setting the scene with some vicious attacks in the first. The experienced Russian was throwing some big punches and was hurting Sudzilouski, one big hook in particular giving him a bloody nose. Kudukhov was enjoying himself, unloading some hard combinations in each of the five rounds to record his third win of the season.
With the Russian boxer unable to take part in the Bantamweight (50-54kg) bout, a walk-over was given in favour of Poland, which was enough for Hussars to advance and make history.
Russia now face Argentina Condors on Saturday while Poland will be keeping eye on the result because if Russia win, they will finish third in the Group.
Ergo Arena, Poland - In an all-Polish nostalgic heavyweight encounter, 44-year old Przemyslaw Saleta (44-7, 22 KOs) returned to the ring after seven years of retirement and stopped 45-year old Andrzej Golota (41-9-1, 33 KOs) in the sixth round of a very brutal slugfest.
Golota himself last fought more than four years ago and was lopsidedly dismissed by Tomasz Adamek, who was making his heavyweight debut. His pitch battle with bitter rival Saleta was labeled the battle of the 90's dinosaurs but instead turned out to be a horrific war, which hasn't disapponted anybody.
Both combatants fought with rare vengeance but Saleta looked to be more resilient and prepared. Nevertheless, Golota was giving as much as he was taking in the first two rounds. However, in the third, Saleta was able to put him in big trouble, and Golota needed all his mastery to survive the battering. This mastery included the continuous spitting of the mouthpiece, which prompted referee Leszek Jankowiak to deduct a point from Golota.
In rounds four and five, both fighters traded punches in the centre of the ring, and in the sixth Salet has finally took over with increasing punch output. He started to land his punches at will and finally put Golota down on an accumulation of unanswered punches. making himself the big winner of a real heavyweight contest.
Heavyweight prospect Krzysztof Zimnoch (14-0-1, 11 KOs) had a very short night of work with sub Damian Trzcinski (4-3, 2 KOs), destroying his foe within two minutes of the opening round. Zimnoch dropped his opponent at the end of the first minute with a left-right combo. Trzcinski got up at eight but soon he was sent down again with the same combo. Next for Zimnoch is a bout with Mike Mollo (20-4-1), his bitter rival Artur Szpilka's last opponent, on June 29 in Poland.
Continuing his comeback from a controversial loss to Roy Jones Jr. the last year, Polish light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (20-1, 5 KOs) put on a boxing clinic against his much less experienced countryman Bartlomiej Grafka (7-6, 2 KOs). Grafka fought valiantly but was just not in the same sentence with Glazewski. The former BBU champion was in full control throughout the entire clash and was rightfully awarded with a ten-round unanimous decision. All judges' scorecards were identical: 100-90 - for Pawel Glazewski.
Dariusz Sek (18-0-1, 7 KOs), a new pupil of Andrzej Gmitruk, the man, who has previously developed Tomasz Adamek, continued his road to the light heavyweight elite with the fourth-round stoppage of previously unbeaten but vastly untested compatriot Remigiusz Woz (5-1, 1 KO). Woz wasn't in the same league with Sek, and that was obvious from the opening bell. In the second round, Sek put his opponent down twice with left hooks, and Woz was very lucky to hear the bell for the next round and was twice luckier to last to the end. However, in the fourth Dariusz Sek connected with a hard and short right hand, putting Woz in trouble for the third time and effectively finishing the contest.
In a battle of undefeated middleweights, Maciej Sulecki (13-0, 3 KOs) dealt the first career loss to Robert Swierzbinski (11-1, 3 KOs), effectively outpointing him over eight one-sided rounds. Sulecki dropped Swierzbinski with a hard right counter in the midst of the second round, then with a left-right combination at the end of the fourth stanza. Robert had little to answer Maciej and deservingly lost in an eight-rounder. Scores were: 79-71 (twice) and 78-72 - for Maciej Sulecki, who is moving on in his career.
Rising Poland-based Nigerian cruiserweight Izuagbe Ugonoh (9-0, 7 KOs) was not tested tough by durable journeyman Lukasz Rusiewicz (13-13-1, 6 KOs) and was lucky to get a close unanimous decision in an eight-rounder. Ugonoh started very fast but Rusiewicz soon adapted his style to the hard-punching Nigerian and gave him fits. A strong finish for Rusiewiczm but all three judges awarded the fight to his opponent: 58-56 (twice) and 59-56. Rusiewicz was stopped just once in his career - on cuts by Enad Licina - despite sharing the same ring with well-known punchers like Herbie Hide, Rakhim Chakhkiev (twice), Troy Ross and Alexander Frenkel.
Continuing his trips from one weight class to another, WBO #10 ranked featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (12-0, 6 KOs) went up to 135 lbs and outfought fellow compatriot Krzystof Cieslak (18-5, 4 KOs) en route to a convincing ten-round unanimous decision. Laszczyk started fast but Cieslak soon found resources to get back into the fight. Up until the midst of the ten-rounder, Cieslak was fighting on almost even terms with the Wroclaw native, but Laszczyk increased tempo down the stretch and effectively outworked his opponent in the closing stages of the contest. All three cards were in his favour: 99-91 (twice) and 99-92.
"I have been offered an opportunity to fight in Poland for far more money than I would get for fighting Kubrat Pulev. Meaning no disrespect to Pulev, he has never held a major title and never headlined a televised card. Any money generated by the promotion would, for the most part, be generated by my popularity.
I owe it to my family to engage in the most financially rewarding bouts, and engaging in a bout with Kubrat Pulev at this time simply does not make financial sense. I have spoken with the President of the IBF, Daryl Peoples, and informed him that, for the above reasons, I have withdrawn from the IBF box-off. I also thanked the IBF for the support it has shown me and the sport of boxing over the past years."
Former EBU middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (29-2, 21KOs) returned to action Saturday night, winning a six round decision over Norbert Szekeres (13-21). It was Proksa's first win since last year's beating at the hands of WBA/IBO champion Gennady Golovkin. He was reportedly going to return as part of an ESPN televised card on March 23rd at Turning Stone Casino in New York - but the boxer injured his hand in Saturday's victory and the March return will now be postponed to a later date. The hand is said to be broken and surgery is possible.
Rafal Jackiewicz (42-10-2, 21 KOs) says a fight with EBU champion Leonard Bundu (28-0-2, 9 KOs) is not likely going to happen on April 6 in the Italian capital.
The 35-year-old boxer is already going to see action on March 23 on the Wojak Boxing Night in Czestochowa, where he will headline in a ten round fight in the main event.