By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Millennium Photo
“I don’t have much time left as an elite fighter. I have to try my best as soon as possible, be in the ring for the big fights, fights that matter. But first things first – Mundy, this Saturday in Atlantic City,” stated popular middleweight Przemek “The Machine” Majewski, (19-1, 13 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. On Saturday night, Majewski will stay busy, fighting a man who already tested him before – Latif Mundy (10-4, 4 KOs). It will be personal for Mundy because he was an undefeated prospect with 8-0 record when they met for the first time three years ago in the same Atlantic City. Since then, Majewski is 9-1 and Mundy 2-3 with three losses by KO, but the Philadelphia fighter hopes to turn back time and come out with a win at Resorts Hotel & Casino. There will be no belt on stake as previously reported. The WBO didn’t approve Mundy for the WBO Intercontinental belt – still even with just pride on the line this looks to be an interesting affair.
What are working on right now? Can you teach old dog new tricks?
Of course you can. My priority now is ring generalship, seeing more between the ropes than before. Not only see punches going my way, but analyze why the other guy is successful, what should I change. This is a number one, maybe not concern, but an additional quality I want to bring to the ring for the Mundy fight, and every next one.
The nickname “The Machine” did not happen by coincidence – in most your fights you know only one speed – ahead. Great for the fans, sure, but sometimes not the best idea for you as a fighter.
No doubt. During my last training camp I was working a lot on slowing the tempo, let the other guy try to do something and then do my “Machine” thing again. It worked perfectly during sparring sessions. I just want to duplicate the same style being in the ring for real, not just training.
There was never question about your dedication to the sport, intensity. When you lost last year to Jose Miguel Torres by KO, you answered questions about your mental strength with decisive wins against Antwun Echols (KO in 3) and Chris Fitzpatrick who retired after the fifth round.
I don’t have much time left as an elite fighter, there’s no space for another loss. Torres was a learning experience, another reminder that boxing is about hitting your opponent and not getting hit. I have to try my best as soon as possible, be in the ring for the big fights, fights that matter. But first things first – Mundy, this Saturday in Atlantic City.
Your best case scenario for Saturday clash against Mundy? The first fight was exchange after exchange, back and forth, just to use some of the boxing clichés. Not an easy fight by any means.
I probably should just say any win will be OK, hoping for bigger, significant bouts next year, but I know that it’s not enough. It’s three years after the first fight. Now I have to dominate, be better in every round, maybe even knock him out to prove that I’m ready for top challenges. I know this about myself but have to prove it to everybody else.