By Ryan Burton
Last week BoxingScene.com broke the news that Pawel Wolak would be facing Delvin Rodriguez in a junior middleweight rematch on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito pay-per-view that takes place on December 3rd in New York. Wolak and Rodriguez battled to a draw, this past July. in a fight that is one of the frontrunners for "Fight of the Year."
BoxingScene reached out to Wolak to get his opinion on the rematch. Wolak, who had a baseball sized lump and one eye swollen shut, felt that he did enough to walk away with the victory in the first fight.
"What makes this rematch great is that there were so many people that thought each of us won. I knew it was close. When I reviewed the fight with two functioning eyes I thought I had it (won) 7-3 though I could see 6-4," stated Wolak.
The fighter of Polish descent feels that his badly swollen eye may have swayed the opinion of some of the people that felt Rodriguez won the fight. Wolak thought that with his vision obviously handicapped that Rodriguez had a great opportunity to knockout him out but couldn't do it.
"What happens is that when an injury as grotesque as mine shows up, fans and sometimes judges give the other guy more points and credit than they deserve. I gave Delvin every opportunity to try to finish me. He was fighting a guy with one eye open for 3 or 4 rounds. I fought extremely square and forgot to use many fundamentals that you are taught the first day of boxing school because I had to stay close to avoid his looping left hooks that I couldn’t see coming.
But he could not stop me from coming after him and landing clean shots with only one eye open and most importantly he could not knock me down or out."
After the fight Rodriguez said that Wolak's punches had little effect on him and he felt that he won the fight. Wolak had a different point of view and said - "he said that none of the punches hurt him so there was no reason for him not to end me. If the roles were reversed he would have been finished. He was pretty wobbly and almost was finished after 4 or 5 rounds until the eye flared up which understandably gave him renewed energy and an easy target."
Wolak admitted to making mistakes in the first fight. The New Jersey resident was forced to change his approach to compensate for his hindered vision. He feels fans will see a better version of himself in the rematch.
"For the rematch a lot has changed. I am doing camp differently. I am fortunate to now have boxing’s most credible and competent manager (Cameron Dunkin) and the feeling in my corner with Tommy (Brooks) and Terrific (Gist) is just so extremely focused. I didn’t even have Tommy in training camp last time but he is here this time. The game plan he and Terrific have in place and that we are working on 9 weeks out is exciting. I am already in fighting shape. I know the subtle changes Delvin will need to make but I think I saw the best Delvin but Delvin and the fans haven’t seen the best Pawel. They will December 3."
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