Wolak's Manager Talks 'Street Fight' With Yuri Foreman

By Lem Satterfield

New Jersey junior middleweight Pawel Wolak is planning for "an all-out war" against former WBA titlist Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn, N.Y., when they clash on the undercard of Saturday night's main event featuring current WBA junior middleweight king Miguel Cotto against ex-champion Ricardo Mayorga at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, according to Wolak's manager, Ivan Edwards.

Edwards is chagrined after saying that he has gotten wind of some recent comments that were made about the 29-year-old Wolak (28-1, 18 knockouts) by the 30-year-old Foreman (28-1, eight KOs), whose bout will precede the one between Mayorga (29-7-1, 22 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua, and, Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs), of Puerto Rico, that is being promoted by Top Rank Promotions.

"Yuri said that they call Pawel the 'Raging Bull, which is his nickname. Yuri said that Pawel is very aggressive. But he also said that you have to watch out for his head or something like that," said Edwards.

"We take that as sort of a back-handed compliment," said Edwards. "But we just want to say that we can't wait until the fight."

Wolak is coming off of December's seventh-round stoppage of Jose Pinzon (18-2-1, 12 KOs), this, after having risen from the first knockdown of his career as the result of a short, left hook to the jaw in the second round.

Wolak-Pinzon was one of early, under card bouts on a main event featuring a lightweight clash after which WBC champion Humberto Soto (54-7-2, 32 knockouts) earned a unanimous decision over Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs).

Foreman is coming off of June's ninth-round knockout loss to Cotto, who dethroned him as WBA champ. Against Cotto, Foreman suffered a knee injury that required successful reconstructive surgery and a summer of rehabilitation before he could return in October to training and working out.

Foreman is studying to become a rabbi, and became the first Israeli world champion when he dethroned Puerto Rico's Daniel Santos by unanimous decision in November of 2009.

"We realize that Yuri Foreman is coming to box, but the other thing is that we think that Yuri is the one who leads to his head. I think that Pawel Wolak is going to win the fight. We think that it's Pawel Wolak's time," Edwards said of Wolak, a winner of seven straight fights, four of them by knockout, since losing a unanimous decision to Ishe Smith in August of 2008.

"We're going to do what Pawel does best, and that is to brawl," said Edwards. "We're looking to make it an all-out war. So I think that this is going to be a real, well -- we're looking to make this into a street fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by johnm is... on 03-08-2011

If Wolak is to win, he'll have to make it war. Otherwise he's going to get outboxed in a very boring fight.

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 03-08-2011

Wolak by ko yuri is nothing special neither is wolak but he pressures you and has power

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