Pawel Wolak announces retirement from boxing: The mind needs to know when it’s time

9 Dec

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Fan-friendly, blood and guts super welterweight battler Pawel Wolak has declared his retirement from the sport of boxing this week, indicating that he no longer has the heart nor the passion required to compete at the peak of the 154lb mountain. Despite making a name for himself around the boxing world, Wolak never left his work as a construction worker and a roofer and will likely continue in this role despite an attractive proposition to rematch Yuri Foreman.

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Wolak warming up for what would become his final fight. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“[It is] with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement,” the 30-year-old stated. “You need heart, passion, desire to compete, but the mind needs to know when it is time,” he added.

Born in Debica, Poland, it was in the United States where Wolak found his fighting home, in particular the East Coast, where he built up a strong following in his resident state – New Jersey – as well as in New York. He won the New York State middleweight title in 2007, defeating journeyman Keith Sims by way of second round technical knockout. One year later he picked up the WBC USNBC junior middleweight crown by out-pointing Troy Browning.

In 2008 he suffered his first loss when, at the fists of Ishe Smith, he lost a narrow decision, however, in March, 2011 he obtained true contender status when he upset the odds to retire boxer-puncher Yuri Foreman.

Four months later he featured as the headlining act on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights series and engaged in a classic war with Delvin Rodriguez, something that, because of the grueling nature of the first bout – where Wolak left the arena with a ghastly eye swelling the size of small fist – a second match-up was called for.

The rematch played out on the undercard of Miguel Cotto’s successful super welterweight title defence against Antonio Margarito, yet was not a thriller as expected. Wolak, known for his pressure-fighting tactics, threw far less fists than he had done in past encounters and has decided to call the curtain down on a sterling career.

“I am truly humbled by the outpouring of kind words and well wishes. Thank you so much. It was my honour to entertain you.”

Regarding the rematch rumours with Foreman, he added: “I’ve always had respect for Yuri, but a rematch is not happening. Im 1000% retired but Im a fan of his and will watch whoever he fights next.”

Wolak finished with a 29-2-1, 19ko record.

Related article: Rodriguez and Wolak II lacks the fire from first bout, Delvin decisions Pawel

Related article: Fight Photos: Wolak in open media workout at Kingsway Gym ahead of Rodriguez rematch

Related article: Fight Videos: Judges unable to separate Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez in battling Fight of the Year candidate

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