By Karl Freitag
Andrew Golota blazed the trail. Tomasz Adamek may be Golota’s heir apparent. But European champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) believes he will be the first Polish fighter to win a heavyweight world title. The 31-year-old from Warsaw, Poland, will have his chance on Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) in front of 60,000+ fans at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I would like to continue this way of winning fights by Polish boxers,” he said in reference to Adamek’s recent success against Chris Arreola.
But how can Sosnowski win against the formidable Vitali Klitschko? His camp firmly believes that Vitali’s recent opponents did not want to win, but merely survive. “You can make the assumption that those guys lost before they even stepped in the ring,” he commented. “I am going into the ring to win and whatever presents itself, body punches, head punches, whatever, I will try to win.”
He continued, “I don’t want to say too much because I want to exploit his weaknesses. Klitschko fights in a very unorthodox way. The way he leaves himself open after he punches gives me some idea of what I would like to do, some of the defensive liabilities I’d like to exploit. Of course, I have to be aware of the punches from both hands because he can knock people out with either hand. Everything is prepared. The question is how we do it in the ring.”
Although he has an impressive record, Sosnowski is as much as a 50:1 underdog with some sportsbooks. However he says the odds don’t bother him. “Of course, I’ve heard the pundits say I have no chance, but it really doesn’t matter because the people who I listen to and trust, my trainers, my family, my girlfriend, of course my manager, they believe in me and whatever is being said by others makes no difference. I’m happy and we all believe I have a chance to win.”
The biggest hit on Sosnowski’s credibility took place in August 2008 in Brooklyn when he was soundly defeated by light-punching journeyman Zuri Lawrence (23-14-4, 0 KOs). “I made a mistake preparing for this fight,” Sosnowski admits. “I know what I did wrong. But the loss to Zuri Lawrence catapulted me to a different part of my career, a better part of my career…winning all those fights and the European championship.”
So what did he learn?
“You have to believe in yourself. You have to believe in every minute of every round that what you’re doing is right. Fighting against Klitschko is a different thing altogether, obviously, but it’s the heavyweight division and Vitali Klitschko is just a man, just like me.”
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