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Early Christmas for Polish fans

By Alexey Sukachev

As usual, Christmas will be celebrated on December 25th. However, for the vast majority of Polish boxing fans, their dreams, inspired by a huge tournament on Oct. 24 in Lodz with the “Polish fight of the century” between Tomasz Adamek and Andrzej Golota, will continue to come into thriving life on this coming weekend. Firstly, on Friday Dec. 18 leading Polish promotional group BullIt KnockOut Promotions, led by Andrzej Wasilewski and Piotr Werner, will arrange quite a big boxing event, billed “Wojak Boxing Night” at the very same city of Lodz (but now at MOSiR Hall) with WBC #10, WBA #14 and IBF #15 Pawel Kolodziej (23-0, 12 KOs) as its headliner. Coming off a comfortable unanimous decision over Czech veteran Roman Kracik this June, 25-year old Kolodziej will put his IBC title at stake against the grizzled American journeyman and fringe contender Rob Calloway (70-10-2, 57 KOs), who has just decided to continue his boxing career despite the chain of recent setbacks.

In the second-to-main event of the tournament, huge 22-year old heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (15-0, 10 KOs) is set to defend his WBC youth title against not so young but equally big and much more experienced Ukrainian Alexey Mazikin (13-3-1, 3 KOs) in yet the biggest fight of his short career. In the wake of his recent breakthrough win over fellow compatriot Grzegorz Soszynski, WBC #6 and WBA #8 light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (31-1, 21 KOs) takes on Czech knockout artist Jindrich Velecky (16-8, 15 KOs) over eight. In another eight-rounder, WBO #4 welterweight Krzysztof Benias (38-3, 16 KOs) will test unbeaten but vastly inexperienced Bronislav “Wolf” Kubin (9-0, 5 KOs). Also, two young prospects Maciej Myszkin (4-0, 2 KOs) and Lukasz Janik (15-1, 8 KOs) will appear in separate six-rounders against mediocre opposition. The show starts at 7:30 PM LT.

A day after in Radom, Andrzej Gmitruk of “O’Chikara Gmitruk Team,” more known as the head coach of Tomasz Adamek, will make his promotion. In the main fight of the night, young cruiserweight gun Mateusz Masterniak (15-0, 10 KOs), who has just got the better of then unbeaten Luasz Janik, faces American Jameson Bostic (18-3, 10 KOs) for the interim version of the WBC youth cruiserweight title. The full title is owned by rival and fellow compatriot Tomasz Hutkowski.

Piotr Wilczewski (24-1, 7 KOs) will continue to resurrect his career after a devastating loss to Curtis Stevens by fighting Latvian journeyman Jurijs Boreiko (15-19-1, 11 KOs). Former WBO world title challenger Matt Zegan (39-5, 21 KOs) will find himself inside the ring for the second time in just two weeks. He is taking on Armenian Araik Sachbazian (12-9, 5 KOs). Local favorites Dariusz Sek (3-0, 1 KO), Lukasz Maciec (9-1, 2 KOs) and Slawomir Ziemlewicz (19-5-2, 3 KOs) will also take their part in the show.

Finally, on Sunday night in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Tomasz Babilonski will present his boxing creation. The main event will pit two undefeated fighters against each other as lightweight Krzysztof Cieslak (14-0, 5 KOs) collides with junior welterweight Krzysztof Szot (8-0, 1 KO) in a local cross-roader. Both fighters are coming off some really huge wins as Cieslak defeated Matt Zegan and Szot outpointed Maciec on the very same show in Lodz. BBU International cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (7-0, 3 KOs) will appear in a tune-up as well.

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