By Przemek Garczarczyk in Warsaw, Poland
“I feel great,” says former WBC champion “Atomic Bull” McCall (56-12, 37 KOs). “I feel ready, forget my 48 years, just like you forgetting Bernard Hopkins age now and George Foreman before.
“I’m truly blessed. Five days before the fight, I’m 246 pounds of energy, more than 30 pounds less than when I fought my last bout, a ten round fight with Francesco Pianeta. The same Pianeta who just competed for three heavyweight world titles. This Polish kid stands no chance – no chance against my power and experience” McCall stated just days before his May 18 fight in Warsaw, Polande. “This is the best I am in years. I had a full, 5-week training camp and I’m sure that I have 2-3 great fights in me. But the most important is this one.”
When McCall says “this kid”, he means undefeated Krzysztof Zimnoch (14-0, 11 KO), whose most meaningful win – and ability – was on display when he was an amateur, a Polish National Team member for World Championships in Chicago. In the first round, he shocked the audience by dominating and beating the current biggest American boxing hope, still undefeated as an professional, Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO).
McCall-Zimnoch started with controversy with the allegations, that McCall is medically unfit to fight. “Oliver McCall delivered full sets of tests from the States, but we decided that our own full MRI examination should be in order” event promoter Tomasz Babilonski, president of well known Babilon Promotions, said to Fightnews.com. “One of the most advanced medical laboratories in Poland provided us with full tests and I’m happy to say, that Oliver is not only with great spirit but great health, perfectly fine to fight. Watching him today, with POLSAT television cameras in the gym, I’m little afraid that he’s even too ready,” joked Babilonski, who represents “Atomic Bull” rival Krzysztof Zimnoch.