By Per Ake Persson
Polish boxing hero Zbignew Pietrzykowski has passed away at the age of 79. Pietrzykowski won a silver in the Rome Olympics, and bronze in Melbourne 56 and Tokyo 64. In 1956, fighting at light middleweight Zbignew lost to Hungarian legend Laszlo Papp and in Rome he lost in the finals to a young American named Cassius Clay. Pietrzykowski was for many years outstanding in Europe and won four European championships in three different weight divisions. He became Polish champ eleven (11) times. Pietrzykowski never turned pro.