Polish star Andrzej Wawrzyk aims to make a name for himself, and in the process, erase the memory of his only previous defeat as a professional.
The 29 year-old was dropped and stopped by Alexander Povetkin in a 2013 world heavyweight title challenge but has since scored six straight knockouts on his way to landing a fight with Deontay Wilder.
Wawrzyk heads to Birmingham, Alabama on February 25 as a huge underdog to defeat unbeaten puncher Wilder, although wants to prove the Povetkin loss was a one-off and similar can’t be achieved as expected by the ‘Bronze Bomber’ next month.
“I’m extremely motivated to fight for the heavyweight title against a great fighter like Deontay Wilder,” said Wawrzyk.
“Fighting for the world title has always been my dream. To fight against such a great athlete as Wilder is an extremely difficult challenge, but one I am ready for.
“I have trained for this since I was a teenager. On February 25 I will step into the ring ready to fight and win against the most dangerous man on the planet.”
Promoter Leon Margules added: “We are very excited that Andrzej Wawrzyk is getting the opportunity to challenge Deontay Wilder for the world title.
“Andrzej has accomplished a lot in his career by becoming a top contender with a 33-1 record.
“This opportunity is a ‘feather in his cap,’ and with a victory, he will make history and become the first heavyweight champion from Poland.
“I expect Andrzej to make the most of this opportunity and Warriors Boxing is excited to be a part of it.”