Patryk Szymański speaks to
SylvanaBoxing.com after his 6th professional fight and talks about his 200
amateur fights, his experience with his new trainer, his up coming fight and
Congratulations on your win Patryk. What are your thoughts on your 6th
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?
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?
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.
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
SA: What is it
that you would like to achieve in order to call yourself a success in the
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.
attributes do you feel a boxer needs to go the full distance and become a
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
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
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?
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
SA: How does
having a career in pro boxing affect the rest of your life?
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?
Mayweather Jr. I grew up watching his fights and he's always been my
SA: What’s next
for you in 2013 and what would you like to have achieved by the year end?
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
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