Michalczewski in 'super shape' for world title

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21 February 2005, HAMBURG - Former world light-heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski, who steps back into the ring after a 16-month break to take on Frenchman Fabrice Tiozzo, said on Monday he was in "super shape" for Saturday's fight. The 36-year-old Polish fighter has come out of retirement for a crack at the world World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in the Hamburg Color Line Arena, the venue of his only professional defeat when he was beaten on a split decision by Julio Cesar Gonzalez of Mexico. Th

21 February 2005

HAMBURG - Former world light-heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski, who steps back into the ring after a 16-month break to take on Frenchman Fabrice Tiozzo, said on Monday he was in "super shape" for Saturday's fight.

The 36-year-old Polish fighter has come out of retirement for a crack at the world World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in the Hamburg Color Line Arena, the venue of his only professional defeat when he was beaten on a split decision by Julio Cesar Gonzalez of Mexico.

That loss on 18 October 2003, persuaded the Gdansk-based former champion to end his career, but the prospect of another big pay day - each boxer collects some 3 million euros - has helped made the "Tiger" change his mind.

"You learn more from a defeat than a victory. I am in super shape".

The fight is part of a triple bill of world title fights. Also on the card, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei of Hungary takes on Argentinian Hugo Hernan Garay.

The undefeated Erdei has already beaten Garay on points in a title fight last May.

Mexico's world bantamweight champion Julio Zarate takes on Ukrainian Vladimir Sidorenko in a WBA title fight.

Sidorenko, like Michalczewski and Erdei, fights out of the Hamburg Universum camp.

DPA

Subject: German news

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