posted on Oct, 13 2003 @ 06:05 AM
Has anyone seen this Polish fighter? Please tell me about him. His record is incredible & he's about to make boxing history - so why haven't I ever
heard of him?
Dariusz Michalczwski hunting for 3 different world records
October 07, 2003; When Dariusz Michalczewski, 48-0 (41), will defend his WBO light heavyweight world title on October 18 in Hamburg he will not only
take on another vivid and dangerous challenger to extend his impressive reign as perhaps the most exciting world champion at 175 pounds ever. “The
Tiger’s” contest against Mexican Julio Cesar Gonzalez, 34-1 (22), at the huge Color Line Arena will also be the next step on Michalczewski’s restless
hunt for new world records in boxing.
Going for Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record
With a record of 48-0 Michalczewski is only one step shy of equalling the legendary all-time-best record of Rocky Marciano, the former heavyweight
world champion, who retired in 1955 after 49 consecutive victories.
The 35-year-old Polish already left the world records of most great fighters of his own light heavyweight class far behind him. American Bob Foster,
for example, previously known as the most successful light heavyweight champion, made a total of 15 successful defenses of his 175 pound world title
between 1969 and 1974.
Dariusz Michalczewski broke Foster’s record long ago: With a third round knockout over Montell Griffin in 1999. Up until today he already made 23
successful defenses of his WBO light heavyweight crown between 1994 and 2003.
Michalczewski’s fight against Gonzalez will be defense #24.
Close to equal Joe Louis’ 25 successful title defenses
This makes the Hamburg based fighter getting close to another world record. The most title defenses from any world championship boxer were made by the
legendary Joe Louis who defended the world heavyweight title a total of 25 times between 1937 and 1950.
Michalczewski has the chance to equal this record should he defend the 175 pound title of the World Boxing Organization on October 18 and afterwards
Extending 9 years, 2 months title reign by Archie Moore
No world record in boxing appears to be safe from being broken by the indestructible Michalczewski. In November of this year he will have the longest
reign of any light heavyweight world champion in history. Currently this record is still being held by the great Archie Moore who reigned 9 years and
2 months from 17.12.1952 to 10.02.1962 when the NBA and the New York State Athletic Commission stripped Moore of his titles.
In November Dariusz Michalczewski who won the WBO light heavyweight crown in September of 1994 will have caught up with Moore.
Furthermore “The Tiger’s” accomplishments include reigns as WBA and IBF champion in 1997, as well as holding the WBO cruiserweight crown in 1994.
Historic records soon to be broken by Dariusz Michalczewski:
Dated to October 2003
Undefeated winning streak:
Rocky Marciano: 49
Dariusz Michalczwski: 48
Most consecutive world title defenses:
Joe Louis: 25
Dariusz Michalczewski: 23
Longest reign as light heavyweight world champion: Archie Moore: 9 years, 2 months
Dariusz Michalczewski: 9 years, 1 month