Boxing: Northern light Marek aims to take Polish title back to Granite City – and prove he’s a true champion

Marek Laskowski at Granite City Boxing Gym, Clifton Lane, Aberdeen. Picture by Heather Fowlie

Aberdeen lightweight Marek Laskowski today targeted a unique double of Polish and Scottish national titles.

The 29-year-old will face Damian Wrzesinski for the Polish lightweight title in Zgorzelec on Saturday, February 24.

Wrzesinski has just one defeat in 14 pro bouts.

Wroclaw-born Laskowski became the first Polish boxer to secure a Scottish title when he defeated Andrew Mackay last September.

Now the Northern Sporting Club star wants to double up with title glory in his home nation.

The title fight will be beamed live on Polstar TV, the Polish equivalent of Sky Sports.

It is a rematch of a non-title fight between the two from last November.

That was judged a no-contest following a stoppage in the second round where Laskowski suffered a gash above his right eye following a clash of heads.

He said: “I aim to take the title back to Aberdeen.

“To win a Scottish title and then go for the Polish championship is a big chance for me.

“I don’t want to be too cocky but I know what to expect.

“Wrzesinski might change his game plan but I think we have got him worked out.

“It will be a difficult fight as it is Wrzesinski’s home show.

“However I have been travelling all over throughout my career facing home favourites.

“It was the same with Mackay – and I hope to do the same this time.”

The first match between the fighters was in front of a crowd in excess of 5,500 on the undercard of Tomasz Adamek’s Polish heavyweight title win over Fred Cassi.

“We both missed punches and his right hand went behind my head,” explained Laskowski.

“In the replay you can see him pulling my head towards him and that is when the cut happened.

“It was accidental, but it was his fault. It is part of the game, it happens.

“I know the risk.

“People in Poland are starting to take notice of me.

“That fight was on the undercard of Adamek who is a challenger for a world title.”

Laskowski reckons his backing out the ring will be vital in his title bid.

He said: “I have good people around me. David McAllister and Northern Sporting Club look after me like a family member.

“It is not just boxing, it is inside and outside the ring.

“My girlfriend Louise always makes sure I’m set and ready for training.

“She makes sure I am eating right and the little things she’s doing for me is giving me extra motivation.”