LAS VEGAS _ Pawel Wolak was slated for big things at the end of 2010, but couldn't get Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. into the ring. Citing an illnes, the younger Chavez withdrew from a scheduled matchup on Dec. 4. Wolak was livid that week. Tonight, he took out his angst on Yuri Foreman and seized a career-changing opportunity by pummeling the former WBA junior middleweight champion. Foreman, down 60-54 on all cards, stayed in his corner following the sixth round giving Wolak the victory via TKO at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs) was relentless throwing 505 punches in 18 minutes of boxing. He croweded Foreman and forced the slicker boxer into a brawl.
"I knew Yuri couldn't take the jab and that a hard jab would take him out of his rhythm," Wolak's assistant trainer Aroz Gist told Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole.
Foreman (28-2, 8 KOs) made no excuses.
"I worked hard in the gym training. There were no surprises tonight. I just didn't have it," said Foreman. The former
Wolak beat the fight out of him landing excellent body shots early in the fight. The Pole landed 265 punches, 239 were labeled power punches. In the fourth, fifth and sixth round, Foreman often stood in front of Wolak with his hands down eating heavy shots on his chin.
- Yuri Foreman