By Przemek Garczarczyk in Legionowo, Poland
Photos: Piotr Duszczczyk/Ringpolska
“There’s no doubt that I learned more in this fight with McCall than in my first fourteen wins as a pro,” said Krzysztof Zimnoch (15-0, 11 KOs), who on Saturday night in Legionowo near Warsaw earned a hard fought win against former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-13, 37 KOs). Two first judges scored it close at 77-76, 77-75 for Zimnoch. The third judge must have seen a different fight than almost 4,000 fans and all of the ringside reporters, giving the 29-year old Polish fighter a 79-75 win.
“I’m happy that Oliver was ready to fight, come to Poland not for a paycheck but to beat me,” continued Zimnoch. “He was correct saying during our press conference that until facing him tonight, I was fighting tomato cans and club fighters. I got hit a couple of times more than I wished, especially by his very stiff jab, but wanted to taste the famous Atomic Bull power. I survived. Maybe 10 years ago, I would have never decided to go toe to toe with him, but this is a new era. McCall is still a very demanding, tough and extremely shrewd fighter, so this win has a special meaning for me.”
Oliver McCall was disappointed with the verdict and refused to speak to Polish reporters, however Fightnews.com was able to get a short commentary from the former WBC champion. “I controlled the fight with my jab. I was never in trouble, blocking most of his punches. Cris is a good fighter, with heart, skills but I thought that I deserved better treatment from the judges. My timing was little off, maybe more sparring sessions were in order, but I was very happy with my conditioning. Basically every one of fight observers told me that if this fight would be scheduled for 10, instead of 8 rounds, I would have big chance to knock Zimnoch out. Hopefully I would be able to be back in Poland, maybe to avenge the loss of Elijah, my son, to Marcin Rekowski on the event’s undercard. Everybody from the fight promoter Babilon Promotions treated Team McCall very well and with respect. And everybody has to love the very knowledgeable Polish boxing fans.”