NORTH BERGEN - Undefeated heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach of North Bergen, NJ by way of Krakow, Poland will face his biggest test - literally - when he meets "The Clones Colossus" Kevin McBride on July 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
The ten-round heavyweight fight will be the co-featured bout on "Heat Wave", which is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports and Global Boxing.
Wach, 24-0 (12 KO), stands an imposing 6'7" and 240 pounds and isn't used to facing opponents who can meet him eye to eye, but the Clones, Ireland native McBride, 35-9-1 (29 KO), now living in Brockton, Mass., is 6'6" and routinely weighs upwards of 270 pounds, giving him the size and strength to test Wach like never before.
Wach, 31, has knocked out his last four opponents, including a third round knockout of Jonathan Haggler in his most recent bout in February, annexing the WBC Baltic heavyweight title in the process. Wach has been training out Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen with the outstanding training duo of Juan and Carlos De Leon.
Juan De Leon is best known for training former heavyweight contender "Baby" Joe Mesi, while De Leon is a future Boxing Hall of Famer and four-time cruiserweight champion of the world.
McBride, 38, has faced some of the stiffest competition in the heavyweight division, including Wach's compatriots Tomasz Adamek and Andrew Golata. McBride's biggest claim to fame was ending the career of heavyweight legend Mike Tyson, stopping him in six rounds in 2005.
Both Wach and McBride represented their native countries in the Summer Olympics, with Wach representing Poland in the 2004 Games and McBride representing Ireland in the 1992 Games.
For Wach, the fight against McBride offers him the opportunity to test his skills against an opponent with similar physical attributes to the heavyweight champion Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali.
"I will be looking to make a statement in this fight that, not only am I here to make noise now but I'm here to take over the division. It's not usual that a man I'm about to fight can stare at me in the eyes, but the more dangerous my opponent is, the more dangerous I become," said Wach.
Also featured that night will be another Polish heavyweight named Artur Szpilka who is looking to carve his own path to heavyweight gold. The 22-year-old Szpilka, 6-0 (4 KO) of North Bergen, NJ by way of Wieliczka, Poland is coming off a devastating :33 second knockout of previously 8-0 (7 KO) heavyweight Ramiz
Hadziagnovic this past weekend in Poland.
Szpilka is promoted by 12 Round Knockout Promotions and Global Boxing.
Dante Craig Steps In To Face Anthony Dirrell
Anthony Dirrell has a new opponent for Saturdays Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title fight at the Atwood Stadium in Flint, Michigan. Original foe Michi Munoz won’t be able to fight after being arrested, and in steps 2000 Olympian Dante “Inferno” Craig (18-9-1, 13 KOs).
32-year-old Craig turned professional in 2001, beating undefeated Darren Fallen at “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden in New York. But already in his third professional fight he came up short when another undefeated opponent, Sherwin Davis, stopped him in the third round.
Since being derailed by Davis, Craig has operated with mixed results. His best victory came in 2006 when he stopped former WBA World Champion Carl Daniels, but that triumph was followed by s string of defeats to the likes of Olympic Bronze medalist Terrence Cauthen and undefeated prospects Michael Walker and Aaron Pryor Jr.
The UBO Inter-Continental title fight against Anthony Dirrell is a massive opportunity for Dante Craig to fulfill some of the promise he showed as an amateur and in parts of his professional career. Taking the fight on short notice certainly proves he is a game and true professional fighter.
“Fights & Fireworks”, Anthony Dirrell vs. Dante Craig will be promoted by Team Dirrell Promotions. Atwood Stadium is located on 701 University Avenue in Downtown Flint. Tickets are priced $15 - $95, and can be purchased through www.startickets.com or at the box office located at the front gate of the building on the day of the show.