By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Babilon Promotion
“For the last five years, the “Underground Boxing Show,” 400 feet deep in the old salt mine is my special project. Something unique, that can happen only here in Wieliczka,” says Tomasz Babilonski, CEO of Babilion Promotions, before his signature event on October 19.
This year’s edition will receive Guinness Book of Records certification and – among 6 other bouts – will feature undefeated heavyweight prospect Krzysztof Zimnoch (16-0, 12 KOs) against Canada’s Art Binkowski (16-3, 11 KOs) and WBO #6 rated cruiserweight Krzysztof Głowacki (19-0, 12 KOs) against former WBA champion, Richard Hall (30-13, 28 KO). The “Underground Boxing Show” is co-promoted by Ulrich KnockOut Promotions.
This is a fifth event and you’re sure, the best one…
Tomasz Babilonski: Every year we want to do something special, better. Logistically, because the event is 400 feet under the Earth’s surface, this is a very tall order. But because this is our signature event, everything has to be perfect. The first two events were like a special project, an experiment to see if it could be even done. Today is a different story. We have great partners, like salt mine director Marian Leśny or biggest Polish TV network Polsat broadcasting this year’s event live on the open channel. All the fights will be available live for millions of people. Coming Wednesday we have a special, also televised, press conference in Warsaw. Judging by Binkowski’s aggressive words when he arrived in Poland, fireworks could start even before he meets Zimnoch on Saturday.
Wieliczka underground is your signature promotional event, and Zimnoch is your signature fighter, although not the highest ranked.
Zimnoch is a heavyweight who, when he was still an amateur fighting for Polish National Team, beat Deontay Wilder during the world championships in Chicago. This is all what you have to know about his capabilities. With all respect to Binkowski, who beat some good fighters in the U.S., he’s just a stepping stone for Zimnoch. After this fight, we will move Zimnoch’s training camp to the States, so he can prove himself working with the best. 2014 could be big year for Zimnoch.
Krzysztof “Główka” Głowacki, one of world’s Top-15 cruiserweights, has a very fan-friendly, exciting style. Is he ready to be a Top 10 fighter?
I think Głowacki is there now. I would not be surprised if next year he would have chance to fight for a title, or to be ranked among first five best cruiserweights in the world. Hall is not here to lie down in the first two rounds and just pick up the check. Just five months ago Richard fought #2 WBC, #2 IBF, 32-0 Paweł Kołodziej and it was an interesting, contested bout. We expecting the same this coming Saturday.