Greatest Polish boxers ever

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  1. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The One and Only Full Member

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    I make a list of the best boxers from Poland pound for pound:

    1. Tomasz Adamek
    2. Dariusz Michalczewski (who was more successful as German and could be at the top)
    3. Zbignjew Pietrzykowsky
    4. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
    5. Andrzej Golota
     
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  2. jdoro63

    jdoro63 Member Full Member

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    Great list and great thread! Adamek and Michalczewski would be tiebreakers at the moment since "Tiger" is bound for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota. But once Michalczewski officially becomes inducted, he will overtake the top spot. I see Adamek holding onto second place for a long time. Pietrzykowski in third? Not sure about that one as he lacks a professional ledger but admittedly that’s still an interesting rating for Zbigniew and one I’ll give more thought (but since we’re on the topic of amateurs, just remember Jerzy Kulej won two gold medals at the Olympics). I’ve seen Golota rated as high as number one in some rankings whereas Wlodarczyk could probably crack the top 3.
     
  3. brigante9

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    Golota was the best for natural talent ashame he let his mind ruin his career cause he had all the tools to be a solid world champion
     
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  4. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The One and Only Full Member

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    Thanks! While Adamek achieved at Cruiserweight more than Michalczewski, I rate overall the "Tiger" higher, but he was most successful as German (with German citizenship), while his last two bouts were again as Pole (when he fought under Polish flag).

    Pietrzykowski won the Olympic bronze medal at Middleweight (lost against Papp, with who he had possible an even match-rate) and the silver medal at Light-Heavyweight, in a controversial decision vs. Clay (was possible jobbed, due to the rules of that time) in Rome.

    There could be also mentioned Proksa, Glowackie, Fonfara, Jackiewicz, Selecki and maybe Bienas among others.
     
  5. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I have Teddy Yarosz at 1 and Darius at 2 adamek at 3
     
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    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

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    Golota &Adamek had a higher skill level and had more dimensions than those guys who were trained to box in the traditional euro style from the outside behind the jab
     
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    I know this doesn’t qualify but thought it’s kinda related interest. Carl Froch’s grandparents were Polish. Escaped the Nazis in WW2.
     
  8. scartissue

    scartissue Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Erich Seelig beat Mickey Walker, Ken Overlin, Kid Tunero, Glen Lee, Carmen Barth and gave Billy Conn a good go of it. He would be my pick as top dog from Poland.
     
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  9. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The One and Only Full Member

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    He's half Polish, as far as I know and I was considering to include him. While Risko was possible Slovakian (not sure about Bivins, Miske and Sharkey was possible from White-Russia original).
     
  10. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Seelig is a German last name.
    Risko was Slovak
    Sharkey was Lithuanian
    Miske I believe was also German.

    I'll still stick with Yarosz as #1
     
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    surfinghb Active Member Full Member

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    I believe Seelig's heritage was Polish Jew. Bromberg was Poland-Lithuania before it become part of the German empire I think ... Could be wrong on him tho .. but I know he was stripped of his German titles and basically kicked out of the country ... Anyone else know more about him ?? cuz i'm not sure
     
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    Chuck1052 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Stanley Ketchell was an American-born fighter of Polish descent.

    - Chuck Johnston
     
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    Vysotskyy Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Tony Zale, Ketchel and 2x Olympic Champion Jerzy Kulej who fought with a peek-a-boo style very fun to watch are in there.
     
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  14. Ra's Al-Ghul

    Ra's Al-Ghul The One and Only Full Member

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    His name soundfor me Yugoslavian, I believe (but just my view when I read the name first).

    While I could also mention Masternack and Kolodziej (maybe even Kostecki), at a lower level.
     
  15. jdoro63

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    Interesting commentary on Ziggy Pietrzykowski. I would give consideration to all of the fighters you mentioned except for Jackiewicz and Bienias but I'm impressed with your knowledge! I'm not sure if I can make a comprehensive Top 10 because Poland's boxing history is still very much evolving and not even 30 years old.

    By the way, "Tiger's" final four bouts were under the Poland flag. But good insight and knowledge on your part, Ra's Al-Ghul!!
     

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