By Sylvana Ambrosanio

Patryk Szymański speaks to after his 6th professional fight and talks about his 200 amateur fights, his experience with his new trainer, his up coming fight and Global Boxing.

SA: Congratulations on your win Patryk. What are your thoughts on your 6th fight?

PS: It's another experience, another lesson learned. I won, but there is a lot of things I have to work on. I'm not happy with the result, because the plan was to knock him out, and I didn't do it. Anyway, it was a tune up fight and a test for both me and my new trainer, James Ali Bashir. I'm sure the next fight April 13th will look a lot better.

SA: You are scheduled to fight David Roman Curiel on April 13th, correct?

PS: I'm fighting on a show promoted by Global Boxing and KEA promotions in North Bergen. I can't wait to be back in the ring. I'm fighting an undefeated opponent for the first time, so it will be an exciting matchup. I'll do my best to win the fight and keep my record clear.

SA: You were born in Poland, how did you get to be involved with Global Boxing?

PS: Boxing has always been a part of my life. My father was a boxer, and later a boxing trainer. I had my first fight when I was 9. I’ve been fighting ever since. I was a successful amateur fighter. In 2011, Mariusz Kolodziej of Global Boxing Promotions asked me to join their team and move to the U.S. I agreed and since then I've been happily fighting under Global Boxing.  

SA: You train with legendary trainer James Ali Bashir. How does this affect your training?

PS: We've been working together for over 8 weeks now. Bashir changed a lot in the way I train, thanks to him I could eliminate a lot of mistakes, and learn some new techniques. However, it's just the beginning of our journey and I'm hoping to only get better with time.

SA: You have now had 6 pro fights. Can you tell us about your journey to becoming a pro boxer?

PS: As an amateur, I had almost 200 fights. I am a multiple Polish Champion, but I've also took part in many international tournaments. Global Boxing Foundation noticed my efforts and helped me transition to the U.S., where I signed an agreement with Global Boxing Promotions and turned pro.

SA: Who or what was it that initially inspired you to enter the ring?

PS: My father was my first boxing inspiration. I remember watching him train when I was a little kid.

SA: What is it that you would like to achieve in order to call yourself a success in the pro game?

PS: My long term goal is to become a world champion. You have to aim high in order to succeed. For now, every win is another accomplishment.

SA: What attributes do you feel a boxer needs to go the full distance and become a World Champion?

PS: Tons of hard work, dedication and passion for the sport. Also, a good boxer has to be smart both inside and outside the ring.

SA: What does the day of a fight look like for you? What do you do on the day of the fight?

PS: I usually rest and concentrate on the fight. Right before entering the ring I think of nothing else but the plan that I have for my opponent. I wouldn't say I'm nervous before the fight. I'm rather motivated, full of adrenaline, focused, and eager to fight.

James Ali Bashir & Patryk before his last fight.

SA: How do you relax after a fight, do you step straight back into the gym or do you take some time out?

PS: After a fight I eat well and go back to the gym after 2 or 3 days. I'm actually already getting ready for my next fight on April 13th.

SA: You  have been lucky enough to fight in Germany, Poland and the US. Are there any other countries you would like to fight in particular?

PS: As a pro, I also fought in Puerto Rico. During my amateur career I fought in many European countries. If I could choose, I'd like to fight in my home town, Konin, Poland, but the final decision always belongs to my promoter.

SA: Do you think there is a different with the boxing in the countries?

PS: European style is different than American or Latin American. The truth is, everything depends on a trainer and what techniques he teaches you. Every fighter has his own style.

SA: We’ve got to know the Patryk inside of the ring, how about you tell us about yourself outside of it?

PS: It's a good question to ask my friends and family. Patryk outside of the ring is definitely different than Patryk, the fighter. The basic difference is that in my private life I'm rather a calm person, while in the ring I get more aggressive.

SA: How does having a career in pro boxing affect the rest of your life?

PS: Boxing is my life and my family has to accept it. People who are close to me are very supportive and to me and what I have chosen to do in my life. 

SA: Who are you favourite current and all-time boxers?

PS: Floyd Mayweather Jr. I grew up watching his fights and he's always been my inspiration.

SA: What’s next for you in 2013 and what would you like to have achieved by the year end?

PS: I'm fighting on April 13th in North Bergen. Later on I'm going to Poland for a few days and I will probably have one more fight there in the summer. According to my promoter, I will go for a youth title by the end of this year.

SA: Is there anything you would like to share with your supporters?

PS: Keep your fingers crossed and follow me and my fellow teammates from Global Boxing Promotions.