Karol Dlugosz [1(0)-0] was left with mixed emotions post his pro debut last weekend.
The former Ulster heavyweight champion was delighted to be part of a big, well run and widely watched TV card, but wasn’t overjoyed with his performance.
Dlugosz debuted on Queensbury Poland’s debut show, a card that was viewed by over 2 million people on Polish national television.
There was real sense of occasion surrounding the event and a real feeling it’s the dawn of a new era for Polish boxing.
‘The Krusher’ is delighted to be part of what he calls a ‘promotional steam train’, but suggests he will have to improve performances to ensure he has a ticket to ride.
“The first show was very successful, it had over 2 million viewers. I am happy and satisfied to be part of something that big,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“I am hoping to come back in February and show my progress, improvement and really enjoy myself,” he adds before reflecting on the opponent.
“My opponent was more experienced in the pro-ring, there was a lot of holding, he had couple of good shots and that’s about the height of it.
“Still for someone with big ambitions I think I under performed. I am not satisfied winning in this style; I didn’t show my full skill set.”
Pawel Martyniuk did represent a tough enough first pro foe. The Ukrainian fighter has lost more than, but did come into the fight on the back of three stoppage wins.
He produced the kind of performance the Polish born Irish based fighter admits he learnt from.
“Most definitely I learnt things I can bring into future fights,” he continued.
“I am going to be more patient, will improve the defence and balance my punching.”
Regardless of how he felt he performed ‘The Krusher’ can’t get away from the fact he feels Queensbury Poland smashed it on their debut night, something he believes will only bode well for him moving forward.
“To make my pro debiut for Queensberry Poland in their first ever show was something incredible. Meeting Francis Warren and all the people that I have been watching on social media and TV was amazing. The whole show was to the highest standards. I was super excited to be part of Mariusz Krawczyński joining together with Queensberry Francis Warren.”