By Connor Steel
GOSPORT-BASED boxer Mateusz Bereznicki has concluded this calendar year in style, winning a national Championship and featuring in a senior world tournament for the first time; building on his success at the Under-22 Championship earlier this year in which he won bronze at the Roseto degli Abruzzi centre in Rome.
The 20-year-old Gosport Boxing Club member, known as Big Bez, has spent most of 2021 training in his native Poland; partly due to lockdown restrictions and the need to train in his ultimate dream to reach the Paris Olympic Games to be held in summer 2024. But this has ultimately enabled him to reach new heights rather than stifling his career.
The hot prospect participated in the Polish Boxing Championships held in his hometown of Walbrzych in late October, winning two stoppage matches in comfortable style. He then beat compatriot Mateusz Kubiszyn to recapture the under-92kg senior Polish title he previously won last year and does remain his homeland’s Under 23 level champion after winning this event.
Not content with winning a national title, Bereznicki also gained his first experience of senior World Championship competition when he participated in the Serbian-based competition earlier this month. The boxer’s journey was sadly cut short when he suffered a split decision defeat in his first bout, but that was no disgrace given he was coming up against a European under-22 champion in Kazakhstan’s Aybek Oralbay.
And before winning the national championship and particating in senior level competitions, Bereznicki also defeated reigning Italian under-92kg senior champion Roberto Lizzi on a Suzuki Boxing Night Show. But the boxer is now hoping that he can enjoy a winter break upon his return to England as he prepares for a major tournament next spring.
In an interview with Portsmouth News, the boxer outlined these hopes and appeared in confident mode when discussing his glory dreams next year. He said: “Next year is the under-22s (Euro Champs) again. When I’m back in England I’m not doing boxing for a whole month, definitely.
‘I’m considered as one of the best boxers (amateurs) in the world now because I’ve boxed in the World Championships so that was a big deal. It gives me very big confidence because the first fight, I lost it, but I almost won it and I proved I belong there. I’m definitely winning that under-22 (Euros) title in March, 100 per cent.’
PICTURED BY SUZAKI BOXING NIGHT: Berezincki celebrates victory against Roberto Lizzi