Polish welterweight Carl ‘The Doctor’ Ozimkowski 0-3(1)-0 has been matched with Paul O’Brien 0-2(1)-0 at York Hall on March 21st as he seeks out his first win in four outings as a professional.
The night of championship boxing titled ‘Best of Enemies’ features the eagerly anticipated rematch between Michael ‘The Look’ Lomax and Chas ‘Croydon Bomber’ Symonds for the British Masters Silver light-middleweight title. The co-main event features ‘The Ace’ Andreas Evangelou v Marco Stephenson for the same honours at light-heavyweight.
London resident Ozimkowski has lost all three pro fights to date but lives by his motto, ‘don’t ever give up’ as he seeks out his first win against opponent O’Brien from Hull.
“I always say that you are never a loser until you quit trying, so give it another shot!” Said the 28-year-old Pole trained by Alec Wilkey at The Lansbury ABC in Poplar.
The 31-year-old welterweight Paul O’Brien has an almost identical record to Ozimkowski losing just twice with one stoppage.
On his debut in October last year, O’Brien managed to nick a round from his Scottish opponent Gary Murray who remains undefeated in three fights.
Less than three weeks later in Plymouth, O’Brien received a cut under his left eye that called a halt to the four round contest against the Midlands Area lightweight title challenger Josh McLaren in the penultimate round.
The plucky away fighter had boxed well for the first two rounds showing good head movement, mobility and a tight guard but got caught with a few big right hands from the 24-year-old McLaren from Stoke-on-Trent in the opening seconds of the third round causing the offending cut.
Content to fight quickly in succession, O’Brien fights first on March 7th at Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham against unbeaten 21-year-old welterweight Michael ‘Duck Boy’ Williams before tackling Ozimkowski at the famed ‘home of boxing’ in Bethnal Green two weeks later.
Home fighter Ozimkowski originally had his first stint in the pros back in 2008 suffering defeats to two unbeaten prospects in African champion Badru Lusambya and Portsmouth’s Johnny Creamer.
In September 2008, ‘The Doctor’ took on number one ranked Ugandan southpaw Badru Lusambya on his professional debut losing on points over four rounds. Lusambya was unbeaten and held the African Boxing Union light-middleweight title at the time of Ozimkowski’s debut defeat.
A return to the same venue three months later in December 2008 saw Ozimkowski taste his second consecutive loss in the pro game to Portsmouth’s Johnny Creamer, also in his second professional contest.
After being mis-matched in his debut and arguably unfairly outpointed in the following contest, Ozimkowski went back to amateur boxing feeling dejected and disappointed with the pro game.
A successful amateur, he collected countless accolades achieving the crown of SE Senior Division champion and Haringey Box Cup finalist in 2010, a Belfast Cup Gold medallist in 2012 as well as representing London many times and also England on two occasions against Germany and Scotland. In kick-boxing, he also attained a Bronze medal in the 2003 European Cup and was the Polish national champion for six years running.
After rebuilding his confidence and fan-base, Ozimkowski made his return to professional boxing last November, almost six years to the day from his last pro fight, against journeyman Mick Mills. Initially controlling the fight, the 28-year-old went in for the kill after a solid left hand sent Mills backpedalling onto the ropes. Under attack, Mills threw a left hook that caught his aggressor cleanly sending him crashing to the canvas knocked out cold.
Coach Alec Wilkey commented on that punch, “We looked at the DVD of the fight a few times after and he rushed it, got carried away in the heat of the moment, even with all his experience he rushed everything, his hands were down and that kid won’t ever throw another punch like it!”
Now Carl’s ambitions are to become a contender within the welterweight division continuing with six-rounders until eventually ready to start challenging for titles after a stumbling beginning to his pro career.
‘Best of Enemies’ – In the show’s headlining fight, the crowd-pleasing pair promise fireworks in their highly-anticipated rematch. The 36-year-old Londoner, Michael Lomax claimed the vacant British Masters light-middleweight Gold title on their last encounter in September 2014 winning on points over ten rounds at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
The victory over Symonds for Lomax, ranked 12th in the British ratings, propelled him into a career-changing clash with Liam Williams 12(7)-0-1 for the vacant Commonwealth light-middleweight title at the ritzy Hilton Hotel in Mayfair. The fight ended abruptly due to a first round knockout with just 12 seconds of the opening round remaining, the vacant title being handed to the unbeaten Welshman moving up to number three in the rankings just behind Brian Rose 26(8)-2(2)-1 and Liam Smith18(8)-0-1.
For the ‘Croydon Bomber’, this rematch will be the first fight back since the defeat to Lomax in September and his first taste of ring action for six months by the time that March rolls around. Both fighters enter the contest off the back of a loss.
Both of the Evangelou brothers are back in the fray again with the youngest of the duo Chris ‘The Flash’ 12(2)-3-0 defending his International Masters welterweight title over ten rounds. The Enfield 28-year-old won his first ever title by defeating Croatian, Zoran Cvek at the York Hall on September 27th last year.
The elder of the fighting brothers co-headlines the event, unbeaten 31-year-old Andreas ‘The Ace’ 10(2)-0-1 also defends his International Masters honours against Jamaican Marco Stephenson in a ten round title fight at light-heavyweight.
Chief support to the action-packed main events sees Ryan ‘Crash Bang’ Taylor 9(3)-3(1)-1 bid for his second Masters belt as he goes for the vacant International Masters Bronze lightweight title in his second fight after signing with manager Steve Goodwin.
Former light-middleweight Prizefighter champion Robert Lloyd Taylor 19(5)-7(2)-0 makes his return after nearly three years out of the ring.
Welterweight Adam Salman 4(2)-1(1)-0 takes part in a six round welterweight contest. The 24-year-old Londoner is still awaiting news on his opponent.
Kent’s 24-year-old southpaw Brent Osborne 0-1-0 looks towards his first pro win over four rounds at light-heavyweight against Curtis Gargano 0-6(2)-1 after his disappointing debut loss to journeyman Mitch Mitchell 5(2)-30(4)-1 at York Hall on April 19th last year as referee Jeff Hinds scored the bout 38-39 for the away fighter.
Dagenham light-middleweight Taylor Jordan 2(1)-0-0 is back after a stuttering start to his professional career so far. The six foot tall 21-year-old began his journey in December 2012 with a shut-out points win over Aaron Csipak 2(2)-15(4)-0 at the Prince Regents Hotel in Essex. Two months later in February 2013 saw Jordan blast debutant Harjinder Gill away with 30 seconds to spare of the first round at the York Hall. Over two years later, after pursuing a modelling career, the good-looking prospect is back in action over four rounds against tough Liam ‘Bucko’ Griffiths 3-49(2)-1 in what will be the 27-year-old Sussex journeyman’s third fight that month.
Light-heavyweight Remel Scott 1-2(1)-0 will be desperate to score a win after two successive losses at the hands of journeyman fighters Iain Jackson 4(1)-23(8)-2 and Elvis Dube 6(5)-31(4)-2. The 32-year-old Essex lad enters into a four round contest against James Conroy 0-4-1.
‘Big Dog’ AJ Carter 6(4)-1(1)-0 makes his comeback fight after his upset against Ugandan’s number one heavyweight Kenneth ‘Bad News’ Odeke 6(5)-1(1)-0 back in May last year.
Four exciting debutants take to the professional stage for first time. Welterweight debutant Luke Davey goes up against veteran Bheki Moyo 0-70(6)-2. The Berkshire 24-year-old nicknamed ‘The Duke’ kicks off his pro career with a traditional four-rounder.
The card also features former world heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne’s sparring partner ‘Big’ Dave Abraham, 29-years-old from Watford, who will make his professional debut taking part in a four round contest against Ugandan Moses Matovu – the third debutant that he will have faced in the same month going up against Ryan Crawford on the 7th and Louie Darling on the 14th March, also at York Hall.
The third of the foursome comes in the shape of 26-year-old super-middleweight, Billy Long. The Essex boy makes his pro bow in a four round contest against veteran opponent Iain Jackson 4(1)-23(8)-2 from Brighton.
Former Queensbury Boxing League champion Danny ‘House of Pain’ Parsons from Walton-on-Thames also makes his debut at super-featherweight in a four round contest but is the only one of the quartet without a confirmed opponent at this stage.
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