By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at Madison Garden in New York City, junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak looks to take that next step toward a highly coveted world championship when he squares off against Ishmail ”The Arsenal” Arvin. The eight round bout will be featured on the undercard of the HBO doubleheader bouts between Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Steven Luevano and Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Rogers Mtagwa. Recently signed by Top Rank, Wolak (25-1, 17 KO’s) his continually upped his competition and is ready to take that next step when he faces Ishmail Arvin (15-1-4, 7KO’s). “He is a tough guy who will continually come right at me and not back down, so it will make for a tough and exciting fight,” said Wolak.
Since signing with Top Rank and under the astute management of Ivan Edwards, Wolak has really put himself into future world title consideration. The man nicknamed “The Raging Bull” looked superb in his last bout, scoring a fifth round retirement of Carlos Nascimento (24-2, 20KO’s). “Working with Top Rank has been great. I have been fighting consistently and if all goes well, I plan to be in a world title fight by the end of 2010.”
He must first get by the dangerous Ishmail Arvin if he hopes to continue on his path toward that elusive world title. Arvin captured a controversial victory over highly regarded Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson in his last bout when he was unable to continue due to a badly cut left eye.
“This will be a tough fight for Pawel because Arvin knows this is a big step up for him too and I am sure he will come in top shape and ready to give it his all,” said Wolak’s Promoter Ivan Edwards.
“I hope my fans don’t miss this one because it is going to be one heck of a fight, said Wolak.