By Przemek Garczarczyk from Wieliczka
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk / Ringpolska and Przemek Garczarczyk
Heavyweights Krzysztof Zimnoch (17-0, 11 KOs) and Artur Binkowski (16-4, 11 KOs) met in the final fight of the evening, butWBO #6 cruiserweight Krzysztof Głowacki (20-0, 13 KOs) was the star of the show as he destroyed former WBA champ Richard Hall (30-14, 28 KOs) in just three rounds on Saturday night. The bouts took place in an 800-year-old salt mine on the annual “Wieliczka Undergroud Boxing” card in Wieliczka, Poland, promoted by Babilon Promotion with Ulrich Knockout Promotion.
If the Underground Boxing Show in Wieliczka, located 5 miles from city of Krakow, was near New York, Chicago, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, the 600 available seats would sell out years in advance. Fans those were lucky to get tickets for this year’s edition of this show saw a potential top cruiserweight in Krzysztof Głowacki and heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch, who disappointed with his easy, but not convincing win over former Sydney Olympics quarterfinalist for Canada – Art Binkowski.
Both fights were announced as co-main events, but only one – Głowacki vs. Hall – was worthy the name. Southpaw Głowacki, who fought injury free for the first time in almost 8 months, proved why he will be a player among best in cruiserweight division. After a somewhat cautious first round, the 27-year-old was not wasting any time against Hall, hitting hard and precise, looking for any chance to finish the fight with a knockout. “This is who I am. Quiet and polite outside the ring, very determined inside. There’s no other way for me the fight than go forward, make the other guy be afraid of me. My promoter, Tomasz Babiloński, knows my talent. He knows that I work hard. A couple of fights, hopefully couple more knockouts, and I can fight them all” stated Głowacki, who ended his fight covered with Hall’s blood.
“He reminds me of myself, 10 years ago,” said Hall after he decided to retire on his stool after three rounds of heavy beating. “No wasted punches, full aggression, will to destroy your opponent as soon as possible. He has this special thing to be a very good fighter. Looking forward to see his progress in the future,” said the proud 41-year-old fighter, whose heydays are long gone, but he can still punish you if you take him lightly.
The heavyweight fight between undefeated Krzysztof Zimnoch and Art Binkowski proved that winning in boxing is not everything. Yes, Zimnoch won almost every round of the eight-round affair (scores were 79-74, 80-71, 80-71 for Zimnoch) but was not able to put away Binkowski, whose idea of training in just his second fight in six years was, quote “not having any sparring to preserve my strength” and “fight with heart.”.
No doubt Binkowski showed the guts and heart, especially in the seventh and eighth round, when he survived Zimnoch’s heavy hits, but Zimnoch did not impressed the fans or himself. “I’m not happy. For one reason or another, this is the second straight fight that I’m not fighting like I should. Maybe because I’m in training since October of last year, maybe it’s too much gym, not enough rest. I wanted to punish him for 6-7 rounds and knock him out in the eighth. Did not happen this way, but I fought four times in 2013 and won all the fights. It should count,” said Zimnoch.