POLAND is a proud boxing nation and tomorrow night Artur Szpilka attempts to become his nation’s first ever heavyweight champion when he challenges Deontay Wilder for the WBC crown in Brooklyn.
With unbeaten WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki and exciting light-heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara leading the Polish charge, boxing is thriving in Eastern Europe.
Not forgetting New Jersey-based heavyweight veterans Tomasz Adamek and Mariusz Wach, who are both still plying their tough trade.
But we can’t talk about Polish heavyweights without mentioning the talented and frustrating – in equal parts – Chicago-based Andrew (Andrzej) Golota.
Golota fought most of the big names in the late-90s, early 2000s (Tyson, Lewis etc), but his foul-filled riotous epics with Riddick Bowe (l dq 7 & l dq 9) saw him enhance his crazy, sordid reputation as a skillful but unpredictable entity.
Here are some of history’s finest fighters of Polish decent. Some are lesser-known and some are boxing’s most incredible characters.