By Przemek Garczarczyk
In the truly extraordinary March in the United States for Polish fighters – five of them (Tomasz Adamek, Andrzej Fonfara, Mariusz Wach, Artur Szpilka, Kamil Laszczyk) fought here and won – there are two more fights to go. On March 31, in Chicago’s “The Club” venue, light heavyweight Grzegorz “The Eagle” Soszynski (20-1, 10 KO) will fight seasoned and tough veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (22-14, 9 KO) for vacant IBF North America belt and Przemek Majewski (17-1, 11 KO) will battle Antwon Echols (28-17, 22 KO). At least one of the American fighters – Saunders – vows that this “Polish streak” will end in Chicago.
“I spent three years in the Sauerland Events camp in Germany, so I’m fully aware what Soszynski can bring to the table,” said Saunders in a Fightnews interview. “I also gathered experience in the world’s best training camps with champions like Tomasz Adamek, Artur Abraham or Pablo Hernandez, so I will not be surprised by Soszynski’s stamina, because all of the European fighters are always ready to battle at the full distance.”
“I know that he is from the same part of the country as Adamek, that people there are tough, but I will break Soszynski’s will first and his body later. I’m not a knockout artist but I fight the same way – full speed ahead, and he has to show me something in the ring to earn my respect. He did not earn anything yet,” said the Pittsburgh native Saunders, who has won his last two fights, and previously gone the distance with such notable names as #2 WBC ranked Ismayl Sillakh and Edison Miranda.