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.
In the room there were over 800 guests and among them were: Gary Show famous promoter and producer of boxer appearances. I also met Virgil Hill, who lost to Darek Michalczewski in w June 1997 in a fight for three belts; WBA, IBF, WBO. Among the gathered guests there were many well known people in boxing, sports or the media. The meeting went by in a pleasant atmosphere which will surely add to my popularity in the New Jersey conglomerate. On the way home, I received a beautiful keepsake belt which holds as much meaning to me as do the other belts that I have won in the ring. At home, it will lay next to the belt which I received in June which was funded by Muhammad Ali.
photo: Mike Gladysz
A week went by which was spent on intense training. Tor Hamer, my sparring partner was fighting very well. Unfortunately my second partner did not come because of his manager. He did not want rematch for the lost fight. On Monday another boxer from Pennsylvania is coming. . I have three weeks of training left. Piotr Wilczewski i Mariusz Wach watched my practices again. They had a chance to watch new to them elements of boxing training. I feel good and once I agreed to a massage by Krzyszfof Wilczykowski from Global Boxing. I hope that further preparations for the Madallone fight will continue without any problems. Today a celebration awaits all boxing fans because David Haye and Manny Pacquiao will have their fights today. I wish everyone happy watching as they witness the strength in both of these fighters. I also would like to thank everyone for the wishes as well as writing on my page.
photo: Mike Gladysz