|Pawel Wolak: The “Raging Bull” Cometh! - Boxing Interview
Interview by Benny Henderson Jr (March 13, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
Undefeated light middleweight prospect Pawel Wolak 19-0 (13) returns to the ring March 15th at the famed Madison Square Garden to take on battle tested southpaw Dupre Strickland 18-2-1 (7), and the “Raging Bull” looks not only to continue his winning ways but be victorious in entertaining fashion.
The power punching Polish prospect has defeated all that have crossed his path with his heavy hands and unrelenting style, earning victories over the likes of Dan Wallace (TKO 4), Jonathan Reid (TKO 4) and most
recently the thirty-seven fight veteran Sammy Sparkman via unanimous decision.
In this exclusive interview conducted by Doghouse Boxing, Wolak speaks out on his upcoming fight as well as touching on various topics on his career, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: You have a fight coming up the fifteenth of this month against Dupre Strickland, can you give the readers your thoughts on that match-up?
Pawel Wolak: It is going to be a good show, I will be fighting at Madison Square Garden for the first time, so I am going to be definitely excited about that. I am training hard and I want to look good for the fans.
BH: You are fighting at the Mecca of boxing, I mean so much rich history at the Garden, does that add pressure to you to perform well or give you butterflies?
PW: The only pressure is that I want to look better than ever, because of the great connection and the fans. I am getting ready for a fight and I have done this before, but maybe there is more pressure because I am trying to get everything ready and to look good.
BH: What do you know about Strickland as far as his weaknesses and strengths go?
PW: I have tape on him and seen him fight, I seen him fight John Duddy, he is a tough guy. He is tricky, a lefty, which is another thing I am focusing on. He is tough and he does the rounds so it is going to be a tough fight.
BH: He went ten rounds with John Duddy, does that make you want to go in there and get him out since Duddy couldn’t, which would be a big win for yourself, or does it even matter to you how you win?
PW: I’ll put it this way, I want to beat him better than anybody has beat him. Duddy beat him with a ten round decision, and yeah I would like to stop him before that.
BH: You bust out on the scene back in 2004, so you have been in the business for a few years. What have you learned about the business as well as yourself these past few years?
PW: I have learned there is a lot more to just getting in shape for a fight, I love fight and love preparing for a fight but I learned there is more to that. Fighting is the actual surface of it that everybody sees, but there is a lot more behind the scenes with the business, where you going to fight and who you going to fight, showing up at different venues. Boxing is deep, there is a lot more to it than what people see on the surface.
BH: In your last fight you traveled to your homeland of Poland, what was it like to have your first pro fight in your home country?
PW: It was extremely well, as soon as I got off the plane there were cameras there and I was treated very well. It was the first time where I was actually away, I was secluded for a whole week before the fight. There were a lot of different changes that I was trying to get used too. But besides that it went well. We won the fight, even though it was a ten round decision, it was a very tough fight. I got a lot of exposure. I only have good thoughts on the travel to Poland.
BH: What separates you from the other fighters in your division?
PW: My hunger, that is the one thing, I train very hard in the gym, it is always all out in my training.
BH: If you could send out a message to your upcoming opponent using Doghouse Boxing as a platform, what would you say?
PW: Make sure to be ready for the fight.
BH: Anything in closing?
PW: I want to thank my manager, my sponsor, and my fans, they have been there with me supporting me.
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