Christian Pawlak

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Christian Pawlak Boxer
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Christian Pawlak
Birth name Christian Bogumil Pawlak
Birthday 12. September 1979
Birthplace Kętrzyn, Poland
Nationality GermanyDeutschland German
Weight class Super Middleweight
Style Left delivery
Size 1,81 m
Fight statistics as a professional boxer
Fights 49
Victories 40
Knockout victories 28
Defeats 8
Draw 1
Profile in the BoxRec database

Christian Bogumil Pawlak (born September 12, 1979 in Kętrzyn, Poland) is a German professional boxer and boxing trainer. He is the reigning WBU super middleweight world champion[1] and WBCA Champion (2014) and lives in the East Westphalian town of Espelkamp in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Amateur career

Pawlak switched from martial arts such as karate and taekwondo to boxing at the age of 15. He trained at the Box-Club Espelkamp (BCE) and the Box-Club Minden. In his amateur career at middleweight, the southpaw won 92 of his 112 fights, including nine draws and eleven defeats.

Professional career

His debut as a professional boxer took place on 31 March 2006 in Potsdam, where Pawlak defeated Romanian Florin Duta by technical knockout in the third round. In 2007, Pawlak was signed by Graciano Rocchigiani of the “Rockys Gym” boxing stable in Duisburg, Germany. Rocchigiani, who died on October 1, 2018, was not only a trainer and mentor for Pawlak, but also a role model and friend.[2] On May 16, 2008, Pawlak won the ten-round scheduled fight against Mirko Kern in the Ballhaus Arena of Aschersleben (Saxony-Anhalt) by knockout in the fourth round. This made him the German super middleweight champion of the Association of German Professional Boxers (BDB) after his eleventh professional fight – the first and only title holder of Graciano Rocchigiani’s now defunct boxing stable.

In 2014, he became Intercontinental Champion of the WBCA boxing federation and GBU Champion at Fight Night in the Merkur Arena in Lübbecke (North Rhine-Westphalia). Without having a big boxing stable behind him, he contested his further professional fights himself. On May 12, 2015, he won by knockout in the fourth round against Toni Thes and won his first world title[3] of the World Federation WBU in the Pied Piper Hall in Hamelin in front of 1,000 spectators. Pawlak defended his WBU world title belt by third-round technical knockout against Baker Barakat at Kampa Hall in Minden on April 30, 2016.[4] The second defence of his WBU belt, again against Baker Barakat, in December 2016 was cancelled due to a dispute over gloves during the event.[5] Under international law, the reigning world champion had exercised his right to choose his own gloves. Barakat had insisted on uniform gloves and also exceeded the mandatory super middleweight fight weight of 76.2 kilograms at 81.9 kilograms.

On 17 June 2017, Pawlak organized the first world championship fight in his hometown Espelkamp. In the Bürgerhaus he defeated Ziso Poulitsa after twelve rounds by technical knockout and defended again his WBU belt.[6]

He organized another Fight Night in Espelkamp on March 10, 2018 and won after twelve rounds against Croatian Bosco Misic. Graciano Rocchigiani coached Pawlak at the fight. The intended cooperation with Rocchigiani could not come to pass due to his unexpected death on October 1, 2018.

On September 12, 2020, his 41st birthday, Christian Pawlak, won a title fight at the Black Wolves Haus in Wiesbaden, Germany, and claimed the GBK belt[7] in the light heavyweight division of the Germanen Boxstall Kiel (GBK) of boxing promoter Rene Hildebrandt. Pawlak finished the fight against Mario Lanz in the first round by knockout.

Pawlak competed in 49 fights in his professional career to date, 40 of which were victorious and 28 by knockout, with eight losses and one draw.[8]

Coaching career

Pawlak, called “Champ” by his fans, runs his own gym “Gym Pawlak” in Hüllhorst (North Rhine-Westphalia), where he trains up-and-coming boxers. He is active as a fitness trainer in several sports studios and works as a personal trainer. As trainer and coach of the boxer Riza Baydilli from Espelkamp, Pawlak achieved his first title as a trainer. On December 14, 2019, Riza Baydilli became the German GBA heavyweight champion in the fight against Eric Schwartmann in the “Golden Eagle Box Gym” in Elmshorn. On November 21, 2020, Christian Pawlak was able to record another success, his first European title as a trainer. The professional boxer Riza Baydilli[9] from the “Cats Kill Gym Pawlak” became European Heavyweight Champion of the UBF (Universal Boxing Federation). In the Gelsenkirchen “Knock-Out Gym” he defeated his opponent Jasmin Hasic, who gave up after the second round of the fight.

Social commitment

Pawlak campaigns for children and young people to get them interested in boxing and to give them self-confidence through this sport. He gives fitness boxing classes in kindergartens and schools. In the Herford correctional facility, he trains with juvenile offenders on a voluntary basis.[10] His aim is to give the young people better body control through sport and to show them a new perspective on life.

Web links

Commons: Christian Pawlak– Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Pawlak remains world champion Article dated May 2, 2016 in Neue Westfälische. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  2. Pawlak lacks friend Article printed October 19, 2018, in Westfalen-Blatt. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  3. Pawlak is now world boxing champion Article dated December 6, 2015 by Westfalen-Blatt. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  4. Pawlak’s May dance article from May 1, 2016 in Westfalen-Blatt. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  5. Cancellation after glove dispute Article dated December 12, 2016 by Westfalen-Blatt. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  6. World champion Pawlak defends his WBU belt Article printed on June 14, 2017, in Neue Westfälische. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
  7. Ingo Notz:Boxing: World champion Christian Pawlak and Riza Baydilli win in Wiesbaden, New belts and gala out.In: 23 September 2020, retrieved 29 September 2020.
  8. Christian Pawlak entry in the BoxRec database. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  9. Riza Baydilli:Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) European Heavy Title.In: Box (Boxing Records Archive), retrieved December 6, 2020.
  10. World boxing champion visits Herford correctional facility Article printed August 7, 2018 in Neue Westfälische. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.