Somers Point middleweight Patrick Majewski is close to getting an opportunity to fight for a world championship.
The 33-year-old native of Radom, Poland, is ranked No. 9 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and 15th in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) entering tonight's 10-round bout at Bally’s Atlantic City against Philadelphia native Jamaal Davis.
A victory over Davis and perhaps one more win could be enough for one of the current champions — Sergio Martinez (WBC), Peter Quillan (WBO), Gennady Golovkin (World Boxing Association), Daniel Geale (International Boxing Federation) — to offer Majewski a title shot.
“Patrick is right where he needs to be,” Majewski’s manger, Arnold Robbins, said. “Guys who are in the top 10, top 15, are usually the ones who get the title shots. But there’s no room for error. He has to beat Davis in order to keep himself in the running.”
Because of his age, Majewski (20-1, 13 KOs) has been on the fast track since moving to the United States in 2001 and to the Jersey Shore in 2003. A wrestler in Poland, he first tried boxing when he ventured into the Wildwood Boxing Club in 2003 while living and working in Avalon. He switched to the Atlantic City PAL upon moving to Somers Point one year later.
The Atlantic City PAL sustained damage to its roof during a snowstorm about a month ago, forcing Majewski and some of the other fighters to switch gyms. Majewski trained at Bullpen Vale Tudo in Egg Harbor Township for tonight's fight.
Since turning pro in 2006, he’s had very few easy fights. Davis (14-8-1, 6 KOs) is Majewski’s 15th opponent with a winning record. Including Davis, Majewski’s last six foes have boasted a combined record of 106-30-6.
“He’s made a lot of progress since he started with us,” trainer Bill Johnson said. “On a scale of 1 to 10, he was pretty low when he first came to us, but he’s at a 9 right now. His skills are much better and his boxing mentality has also improved, which is very important.”
Grueling training sessions with Johnson and Robbins are supplemented with workouts at Living Well CrossFit on Tilton Road in Northfield three times a week. He also uses a nutritionist to moniter his diet.
“I’m 33 and time is not on my side with boxing,” Majewski said. “There’s no time to waste. This is my 22nd fight and I feel like I’m at my peak. But I have to win every fight.”
Health issues resolved
He did have to take some time off recently.
In his last fight, a 10-round majority decision victory over Latif Mundy on Sept. 29, Majewski sustained a cut above his left eye that required stitches. He also aggravated a nagging injury to his left shoulder.
He refrained from sparring for more than three months while his eye healed. He also received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his shoulder that eased the pain and improved his range of motion.
“I can’t use any injuries as an excuse,” Majewski said. “I feel great.”
Davis promises to provide a tough challenge. His recent losses were to highly regarded fighters such as Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) and Joel Julio (37-4, 31 KOs). He’s 2-0-1 since losing via 12th-round TKO to Rosado at Bally’s two years ago.
Considering Davis normally campaigns as a junior-middleweight, Majewski’s strength should give him an advantage.
“He can box and he can brawl,” Majewski said. “He’s a good fighter. But I have to win every fight. I’m close to where I want to be, but I’m also so far away because every fight is dangerous. I can’t afford to lose.”
Punchlines: Tonight's card also features an eight-round co-feature between Middle Township light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio (18-2-2, 5 KOs) and Lionell Thompson (12-2, 8 KOs), of Buffalo, N.Y. Millville featherweight Joshua Caban-Reyes (3-0, 1 KO) will meet Tommy Garcia (3-3, 2 KOs), of Hartford, Conn., in a four-rounder. ... Doors to Bally’s Main Ballroom will open at 7 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7:30. ... Tickets priced at $50 and $75 are available at the door and through Ticketmaster.
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