By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Yolanda Colon (Palacios), Michal Koper (Wlodarczyk)
“I’m ready to go to Poland again and this time beat Włodarczyk so convincingly that even his family will say, ‘Diablo you lost this fight.’ Knocking him out will be obviously the safest thing to do and my fans in Poland and US will see a completely different Wizard – aggressive and merciless” said WBC #1 cruiserweight contender, Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KOs) from his training camp at Legacy Fitness Club.
His rival, WBC defending champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO), shrugs off all the Palacios threats. “Barking dogs seldom bite. I will not make any predictions or statements, let’s see how Palacios will actually fight when I meet him in Wroclaw on September 22. The ring will prove that I’m the only man worthy of WBC cruiserweight belt. After I beat Palacios, I want to fight maybe 3-4 times as a cruiserweight and then give a try in the heavyweight division.”
The fighters met first time on April 2, 2011 in Bydgoszcz, when judges awarded a controversial split decision to Włodarczyk. For Palacios it was a special day even before he walked into the ring – five hours before his first world title fight, 5,000 miles away, his son Jayden was born.