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Albert Sosnowski Boxer
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Albert Sosnowski, 2015
Data
Birth name Albert Dariusz Sosnowski
Birthday 7. March 1979
Birthplace Warsaw
Nationality PolandPolen Polish
Fight name(s) The Dragon
Weight class Heavyweight
Style Left delivery
Size 1,89 m
Fight statistics as a professional boxer
Fights 60
Victories 49
Knockout victories 30
Defeats 9
Draw 2
Profile in the BoxRec database

Albert Dariusz Sosnowski aka “The Dragon” (born March 7, 1979 in Warsaw) is a Polish professional boxer and former EBU European heavyweight champion.

Career as a boxer

Sosnowski first pursued kickboxing and signed a contract as a professional boxer at the age of 18, without having previously been active as an amateur boxer.[1] He fought his first fight on 22 July 1998 in Denmark against Czech Jan Drobena. He won in the first round by knockout. He also won the next 18 fights, eleven of them by knockout. In July 2001 he competed against the Canadian Arthur Cook for the WBC junior heavyweight title, but lost on points ahead in the ninth round by knockout.

On November 4, 2006 he won on points against Lawrence Tausa from Australia the fight for the insignificant world heavyweight title according to the WBF version. He successfully defended the title in September 2007 against Manuel Alberto Pucheta of Argentina by knockout in the second round. Previously, he had won by TKO against Frenchman Steve Herelius on June 8, 2007; however, this was not a fight for the WBF title.

Sosnowski suffered the second defeat of his career on August 6, 2008 in New York against the US-American Zuri Lawrence. In November of the same year, however, he won in London against the British and Tyson defeater Danny Williams, who was considered the favorite, by TKO in the eighth round. In April 2009, he fought in Düsseldorf against the Italian Francesco Pianeta, who trains with the Sauerland boxing stable, for the EBU title of EU heavyweight champion. The duel ended in a draw after twelve rounds, so Pianeta retained his title as defending champion. When Sosnowski boxed for the EBU European heavyweight title in December 2009, he emerged victorious against Paolo Vidoz after twelve rounds.

In April 2010, Sosnowski was scheduled to defend his EBU belt against Audley Harrison, gold medalist at the 2000 Olympics, but he cancelled and resigned the title instead, as he was given the chance to step into the ring against Vitali Klitschko for his WBC world title on 29 May 2010. The duel took place at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko’s choice of Sosnowski as his opponent came as a surprise to many people; critics, such as former light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski[2]considered such a fight too early for Sosnowski or give him no chance at all against Klitschko. For the fight against Klitschko, Sosnowski was trained by Fiodor Lapin.[3] Sosnowski eventually lost to the Ukrainian by knockout in the tenth round.

A renewed attempt to secure the EBU title in May 2010 failed with a knockout defeat to Alexander Dimitrenko.

List of professional fights

46 wins (28 knockouts), 4 losses (3 knockouts), 1 draw
Year Day Location Opponents Results for Sosnowski
1998 22. July Outrup Speedwaybane, Outrup, Denmark Czech RepublicTschechien Jan Drobena Victory / TKO 1st round
25. September Poznań, Poland PolandPolen Andrzej Dziewulski Victory / TKO 4th round
2. October Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland GermanyDeutschland Rene Hanl Points victory / 4 rounds
1999 13. February Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland HungaryUngarn Viktor Juhasz Victory / TKO 1st round
12. March York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Chris Woollas Points victory / 4 rounds
17. April Warsaw, Poland CroatiaKroatien Stipe Balic Points victory / 4 rounds
28. May Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Gary Williams Victory / TKO 4th round
26. June Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland AustriaÖsterreich Biko Botowamungu Points victory (unanimous) / 4 rounds
17. July Gdańsk, Poland United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Bruno Foster Victory / TKO 6th round
18. September Gdańsk, Poland HungaryUngarn Ignacio Orsola Win / KO 1st round
22. October Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States United StatesVereinigte Staaten Jeff Lally Victory / TKO 3rd round
20. November Gliwice, Poland CameroonKamerun Henry Kolle Njume Points victory / 6 rounds
2000 11. March Olympia, Kensington, London, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Luke Simpkin Points victory / 4 rounds
8. April Gdańsk, Poland Serbia and MontenegroSerbien und Montenegro Slobodan Popovic Win / KO 1st round
27. May Mayfair, London, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Neil Kirkwood Victory / TKO 1st round
24. June Toruń, Poland United StatesVereinigte Staaten Clarence Goins Victory / TKO 2nd round
19. August Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States United StatesVereinigte Staaten Dan Conway Points victory (unanimous) / 4 rounds
30. September Sportcomplex De Wilgenring, Rotterdam, Netherlands United StatesVereinigte Staaten Everett Martin Victory / TKO 7th round
27. November Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Michael Murray Victory / TKO 5th round
2001 17. March FTC Handball Hall, Budapest, Hungary CanadaKanada Arthur Cook Defeat / KO 9th Round
7. July Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, Netherlands BelgiumBelgien Dirk Wallyn Points victory (unanimous) / 4 rounds
13. October FTC Handball Hall, Budapest, Hungary UkraineUkraine Stanislav Tomkatchov Victory / TKO 3rd round
27. October Kolobrzeg, Poland RomaniaRumänien Robert Magureanu Victory / TKO 4th round
2002 22. January Gdynia, Poland RomaniaRumänien Catalin Zmarandescu Win / KO 1st round
9. March E.M. Sporthall, Budapest, Hungary KenyaKenia Jacob Odhiambo Win / KO 1st round
27. July Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Paul Bonson Points victory / 4 rounds
7. December Leisure Centre, Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom NigeriaNigeria Jacklord Jacobs Points victory / 6 rounds
2003 8. March York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom LithuaniaLitauen Mindaugas Kulikauskas Victory / TKO 2nd round
12. April York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Mike Holden Points victory / 6 rounds
5. July Leisure Centre, Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Jason Brewster Victory / TKO 2nd round
22. November Kings Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Chris Woollas Victory / TKO 1st round
2004 31. January York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Greg Scott Briggs Win / KO 2nd round
10. April M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Paul King Points victory / 4 rounds
26. June Kings Hall, Belfast, Ireland, United Kingdom PolandPolen Wojciech Bartnik Points victory / 6 rounds
11. September Kis Stadium, Budapest, Hungary United StatesVereinigte Staaten Kenny Craven Win / KO 2nd round
2005 22. January American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, United States United StatesVereinigte Staaten Tommy Connelly Victory / TKO 2nd round
19. March MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States United StatesVereinigte Staaten Travis Fulton Victory / TKO 2nd round
28. May Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States United StatesVereinigte Staaten Orlin Norris Points victory (majority decision) / 6 rounds
2006 25. May Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Sud AfricaSüdafrika Osborne Machimana Points victory (unanimous) / 10 rounds
4. November Emperor’s Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa AustraliaAustralien Lawrence Tauasa Points victory (majority decision) / 12 rounds
2007 8. June Civic Centre, Motherwell, Scotland, United Kingdom FranceFrankreich Steve Herelius Win / TKO 9th round
14. September Ice Rink, Kirkcaldy, Scotland, United Kingdom ArgentinaArgentinien Manuel Alberto Pucheta Win / KO 2nd round
2008 25. January Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom IrelandIrland Colin Kenna Points victory / 10 rounds
25. April Utopia Paradise Theatre, Bronx, New York, United States United StatesVereinigte Staaten Terrell Nelson Victory / TKO 5th round
6. August Aviator Sports Arena, Brooklyn, New York, United States United StatesVereinigte Staaten Zuri Lawrence Defeat on points (unanimous) / 8 rounds
8. November York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Danny Williams Victory / TKO 8th round
2009 4. April Burg-Wächter-Castello, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany ItalyItalien Francesco Pianeta Draw
18. December York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom ItalyItalien Paolo Vidoz Points victory (unanimous) / 12 rounds
2010 29. May Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany UkraineUkraine Vitali Klitschko Defeat / KO 10th Round
25. September Robin Park Centre, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom United KingdomVereinigtes Königreich Paul Butlin Victory / TKO 1st round
2011 26. March Universum Box Gym, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany GermanyDeutschland Alexander Dimitrenko Defeat / KO 12th Round
(Source: BoxRec database)

Other

In 2008, Sosnowski participated in the Polish reality show VIP-Big Brother for two weeks. In 2007-2008 he was a co-host of a boxing show on the Polish channel TVN. Besides boxing, his passion is poker, in which he also participates in tournaments.[4]

Web links

Individual references

  1. http://www.emito.net/wiadomosci/sport/pokonac_gladiatora_645197.html
  2. Michalczewski nie daje szans Sosnowskiemu.March 16, 2016, retrieved 21 December 2019.
  3. Fiodor Łapin przygotuje Alberta Sosnowskiego do walki życia.Retrieved 21 December 2019 (Polish).
  4. Archive link(Memento of 12 March 2010 in the Internet Archive)