Today in U.S.A. Thanksgiving was being celebrated. We will sit at the table and as the tradition calls for, recall what we are thankful for achieving in U.S.A. this year.This tradition dates back to the 17th century and data on this topic can be found at http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzie%C5%84_Dzi%C4%99kczynienia#Dzie.C5.84_Dzi.C4.99kczynienia_w_
Last Thursday I took part in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony during which titles were given to twelve people. After receiving the invitation I thought to myself that this was another get together with the boxing circle from the New Jersey area. It wasn’t until I arrives in The Venetian that I found out that I was on the award list. In the special bulletin that was made for this event I found my biography and photos. And on this day, which in Poland is being celebrated as independence day, far away from my home country, I was receiving the title of the best boxer in 2010 in New Jersey.
I train five times a week and during the weekend I try to stay far away from the gym. We spent this past weekend with our families in Atlantic City where we were invited to a local boxing gala. Through the whole week I am sparring with Toru Hamer, who hits hard and is fast in the ring. I needed that. Hamer forces me to maximum concentration with immense effort. My trainer tells me what combinations of hits I should practice as well as paying attention to my figure during the fight. Bent legs, lessening my body’s surface area, are both supposed to make hitting me more difficult. Tyler Woodman does my strength training and I must say that he constantly surprises my with new excersises. On Monday I am beginning to train with two sparring partners. I keep a constant weight between 98-100kg. Running and swimming complete my daily training.
Last weekend was rich in events. On Saturday my friends and I went to Philadelphia for a soccer match. Piotr Nowak had invited us. Piotr is a trainer for the Philadelhpia Union and the co- owner of the club is Nick Sakiewicz, he is of Polish descent. Piotr Nowak’s team beat the New York red Bulls, who’s home field is located close to my home. I cheered for Piotr’s team, who afterwards showed me around the stadium. He promised that he will come to my fight against Vinny Maddalone on December 9th in Newark.