A lot has happened on the evening of March 24th in the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. A small hall where in one night three ex world champions were to fight- Liachowicz, Judah and Adamek. I felt great that day. My half a year off after the Kliczko fight has sure helped me. I trained for over ten weeks and was well prepared for the fight with Nagy.
I entered the ring to the same song by Funky Polak, since the fans asked for it. As I have written a few days ago, I kept my promise. From the first minute of the fight Nagy gave himself away but I held back and controlled myself. That night I brought the "Polish left straight" into the ring with me. I tried to paralyze his readiness by using the combination multiple times. Another willing element was not letting him get to my sides and not fighting on the ropes. This way of fighting gave me safety from his right arm. Consequently I faced him with my side which allowed me to give strong left blows. My side pose didn't allow him to hit my liver. Another way of protecting myself was to bend down and protect my head from Nagy's "torpedo" hits. I watched a replay of the fight and could then calmly analyze it. There were a few seconds missing in the third round when Nagy sort of danced after my left hit. The fourth round also showed that I could have had a K.O. Unfortunately after the multiple hard blows in the first three rounds I felt a burning in my left arm. During the fight I did not stop to think why I had this pain, first in my left and then in my right arm.
Statistics then showed that out of 676 hits 305 made deliberate contact, most of them were given with my left arm. Reporter Janusz Pindera talked about that fact on many occasions. He very well knows that my strongest hit is from my left arm. It's worth seeing my earlier fights to confirm this fact. I am happy with the fast tempo of the fight which we both dictated. It showed that Nagy approached this fight seriously. Many of my commentators said that the pace and the style of the fight was similar to the one with Chris Arreola. Then in Houston it was Chris that got a hand contusion and now it was me. The pain did not allow me to give heavy blows in the fourth round. Too bad, because if it wasn't for that the fight would have been even more interesting.
Shortly after the fight I ran into the legendary Don King. He greeted me warmly cogratulated me for the win and said that he loves me. He assured me I will remain in boxing for the next 50 years and admitted that he made a huge mistake by letting me leave his group. He said that I have a fighter's soul and I am capable of fighting like a warrior. That's what boxing is all about. In the evening at home I thought about how much has happened because of the fight. The commentator for NBC was the best trainer for the past few years, Freddie Roach. After the fight, American media noticed the high level of the fight and the fans demanded a replay. With one word I erased the fight with Witalij and I took the first step toward the direction of a second shot at the title. I did have to pay a visit to a clinic in New York for my hurt left hand. I went to Beth Israel Clinic in Manhattan where Dr. Chester Melone works who is one of the most well-known hand surgeons. Dr. Melone is also known for working on Artur Gatti's hands. He operated on his hands four times and as seen in his fights, Gatti gave a lot of blows. Dr. Melone turned out to be very nice and to know a lot about boxing. A short two week rehab should heal my beat up hands. Thankfully I did not break any bones because if I did, I would have to postpone my June fight. Thankfully my return to the ring went well. The commentators in USA and in Poland were supportive. There were also negative comments towards others but I just have become used to them. I would like to thank my fellow countrymen that came out to support me. And also a separate thanks to the fans that watched the fight on TV in Poland despite the time change.