AMATEUR ace Ryszard Lewicki has turned down worldwide offers from promoters and signed with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Poland.
Lewicki has lived in England since he was a young boy, but was on the Polish Olympic squad and four-times national champion in that country. He has also won 11 Yorkshire titles.
News of the exciting Super-Welterweight’s debut will be announced soon, but Middlesbrough based Lewicki has no doubts that Warren was the right man to sign with despite other lucrative offers.
Lewicki who is managed by Kevin Maree boxed 120 amateur bouts, winning more than 100 and started boxing, aged ten.
He has sparred with the likes Kell Brook, Billy Joe Saunders and Queensberry stablemate Liam Williams.
“What I like about Frank is that he has an old school perception of boxing,” explained Lewicki as a major reason he signed with the Hall Of Fame promoter.
“He likes the best to fight the best and that is what I want to see in boxing.”
He spent most of his life in Sheffield, but recently moved to Middlesbrough because his partner Jade Pearce, an Olympic hopeful and reigning English and GB 57kg champion is from there.
Lewicki trains under Craig Carney, where one of his gym-mates is fellow Warren promoted fighter and old amateur rival Troy Williamson.
Lewicki said: “Craig is an amazing coach and exactly what I need to push myself to the next level.
“Before I moved to Middlesbrough I was coming up for a couple of years because of Jade and I sparred with Troy who is also trained by Craig.”
Ryszard hopes to box in Poland early in his professional career, but wants Britain’s Polish community to support to also back his journey to the top.
He added: “I have a good following in the UK, but I have headlined five or six shows as an amateur in Poland and boxed on national TV.
“I have a great following there and the perception is that I am the biggest talent to come out of Poland for many, many years.
“I want to live up to that. Boxing in Poland used to be like the UK where you had World champions and good quality fighters.
“I have spent 14 years building myself a pedigree to live up to that standard, and now I’ve turned professional I want to execute it and keep improving.
“I am a British fighter with Polish heritage. I am flying both flags and want to win British and Polish titles.”
Away from boxing, Lewicki adores animals. He owns a dog, a rabbit and 400 tropical fish in six tanks, one if which is eight-foot long.
“I love animals and always have done. There is something pure about them,” he says.
Manager Maree says: “I’m so pleased to have Ryszard sign with Queensberry Poland. He is one of Europe’s top amateur talents and had offers from all over the world.
“It was really important to us to get the perfect fit. I have had many boxers over the years with Queensberry and there is nobody better at guiding a boxer to the top.”