Today, January 17th 2012, the boxing world is reminiscing Muhammad Ali's fights. Today he is an idol to many people and he is celebrating his 70th birthday. I wish him the best health because in his case that is what is most important. Today he is sick and quiet and must depend on help from family.
foto: Jacek Boczarski
The whole world is wishing him a happy birthday today and is thinking about the unforgettable fights. When I started to box I quickly noticed everything that stood for him and how known he is in the boxing world. Back then, Zbigniew Pietrzykowski was my idol. He had to be my idol because at the beginning of his career he fought Casus Clay, meaning Muhammad Ali later on.It was one thing to hear about Pietrzykowski's successes in the ring and another to fight like him in the ring. I will not repeat his or Ali's successes because today is not that time. It is true that every once in a while boxers of class and high skill come around and reign in the rings. They are examples to follow. Following both of my idols I have achieved a lot. Winning world titles in two categories are important but I have one more goal I want to achieve.
World title in the third weight category, heavyweight, although it seems unrealistic. After losing to Kliczko, I realized that the first thing to do was not to cross that off my list. There are boxers who wanted to achieve multiple goals like mine but didn't stick to it. Can I do it? The answer will have to come in 2013. Right now I have to train, no matter what chances they give me for the title. Today I must talk about my experience with Ali. On 6/28/2010 in Chicago I received the beautiful Muhammad Ali Award. I received it being the first Polish man to receive it in 36 years. The award is for athletes that show Ali's characteristics in sports as well as everyday life. I couldn't forget that on his 70th birthday. His daughter Jamilah Ali handed me the belt which meant just as much to me. I returned the favor and gave her a traditional Polish goral belt from Zakopane. I saw a lot of joy in her eyes, she never knew she would be giving someone an award in her father's honor. At the same time Ali received a goral belt without fighting in the ring.
foto: Jacek Boczarski
Today I have more good news. I received good news from Poland, that my website is in the finals of the Polish Internet contest. I was invited to Wroclaw for the announcement of the winner but unfortunately I can't make it during that time. I am sharing this information since it is because of my fans that I made it that far. This is the link for the contest: http://www.polskiinternet.org.pl/
Everything points to the page working for what it was meant to do, connect the fans. I created it with a few people that I can name, Mike Gladysz, who operates the camera throughout my boxing adventures. Marta Kossecka Rawicz who writes articles and translates my blogs, Przemysław Madejski who cares for the technical aspects and Stanislaw Skrzynski who cares for the whole. All of them working together gives a great result since I've had almost two and a half million visits to my page in nearly two years. Sometimes I think about how much they all mean in documenting my sporting career. How many moments were able to be captured by a camera or words. Everything we do is not comparable to other media. I know that the web page is our fan's first hand source. I value reporters and boxing specialists on boxing portals. All of this helps me with what I do every day. I thank everyone that documents my life and is there to do it later on. I thank the fans for being interested in me. If the page wins, it will be for all of us.
A few words about training. I came back from my second time from St. Louis. Everything I did was pretty interesting. Now I have to spend a few days at home as I am coming closer to making decisions. I have to know when, where and with who I will step into the ring. Slowly we're looking for an opponent with whom I can start the year off right. A few more weeks and there will be details.