Scottish champion Laskowski going back to Poland to ‘throw kitchen sink’ at rival

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

Aberdeen-based lightweight Marek Laskowski will tonight fight in his native Poland for the first time in almost a decade.

Recently-crowned Scottish champion Laskowski will face Poland’s number one ranked lightweight Damian Wrzesinski in Czestochowa, in the south of the country.

The bout will be broadcast live on Polstar TV, the Polish equivalent of Sky Sports.

Wrzesinski, 30, boasts a pro record of 12 wins (five KO) and just one defeat – to former European champion Jean Pierre Bauwens.

Northern Sporting Club’s Laskowski, 29, has returned to Poland on a high having defeated Andrew Mackay to claim the vacant Scottish lightweight title.

There is no belt on the line in Poland, but it is an intriguing match between the nation’s top-ranked lightweights.

Laskowski hopes it could be a precursor to a potential Polish title shot.

He said: “Wrzesinski is very strong and is a tough fighter but I am ready for the challenge.

“He is ranked number one in Poland and I am number two.

“Our fight is an eight rounder so it is a battle for prestige, not a title – but I want to come out of it victorious.

“Maybe going for a Polish title could be a target later on.

“I aim to throw the kitchen sink at him.”

Granite City ABC’s Laskowski relocated to Aberdeen from Wroclaw in Poland in 2010.

In August he made history by becoming the first Polish fighter to claim a Scottish title.

That belt came by way of a points decision over Mackay in a rematch following a title draw earlier this year.

A proposed third clash with Mackay, again for the title, ultimately fell through, opening up a route for a fight in Poland.

Laskowski said: “The last time I fought in Poland was as an amateur in May 2009, which is a long time.

“Even though I am Polish and fighting in Poland I will still be the away fighter.

“It will be a hostile atmosphere towards me, just like fighting in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

“That is okay with me as I feel great after strong preparation and sparring.

“It will also give me the chance to see my family who live about 60 miles away. They and my friends will be supporting me on the night.”

Laskowski will fight on the undercard of a Polish heavyweight title bout between home fighter Tomasz Adamek and Fred Kassi.

Securing the Scottish title has further strengthened his resolve to add more belt glory.

“Although I won the Scottish title I put in the same graft,” he said.

“It is not a case of I have won a title so I don’t have to train as hard. After winning a belt it is a case of having to train even harder. You have to remain dedicated and focused.

“After the Mackay fight I had a week off to let my cut heal (over his left eye) and regenerate my body.

“Then I was back on it with full training again. There is no time to mess about in boxing.”