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Albert Sosnowski

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  • Nickname: The Dragon
  • Date of Birth: 7th March 1979 (45 years old)
  • Retired: 9th September 2017 (Career length: 19 years 1 months)
  • Status: Retired
  • Nationality: Poland Flag Poland
  • Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland Flag Warsaw, Poland
  • Residence: Redhill, Surrey, United Kingdom Flag Redhill, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Division: Heavyweight
  • Height: 190cm
  • Reach: 196cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Albert Sosnowski
  • Debut: 22nd July 1998

Biography

Albert Dariusz Sosnowski, born March 7, 1979, is a Polish former professional boxer who made a significant mark in the heavyweight division from his debut in 1998 until his retirement in 2017. During his nearly two-decade career, Sosnowski showcased his skill and tenacity in the ring, accumulating notable achievements.

Sosnowski's professional journey began with a bang as he secured a first-round knockout victory against Czech fighter Jan Drobena in Outrup, Denmark. This victory set the tone for his early career, during which he amassed an impressive streak of 19 consecutive wins, including 12 by knockout. This promising start signalled the emergence of a new heavyweight contender on the European scene.

The Polish boxer faced a setback in July 2001 when he was unexpectedly knocked out by Canadian Arthur Cook in the ninth round of their bout for the vacant WBC World Youth heavyweight title in Budapest, Hungary. Despite dominating the fight on the scorecards, Sosnowski's loss to Cook was a crucial learning experience in his career.

Sosnowski's resilience was on full display as he faced and overcame challenges in the ring. Notable among his victories was a technical knockout win against British fighter Danny Williams in November 2008. In this match, Sosnowski was considered the underdog, took the fight quickly, and triumphed impressively in the eighth round.

A pivotal moment in Sosnowski's career came on April 4, 2009, when he fought Francesco Pianeta for the EBU-EU heavyweight title, resulting in a draw after twelve competitive rounds. His resolve and determination were further proven on December 18, 2009, when he won the EBU heavyweight title by unanimous decision against Paolo Vidoz.

The zenith of Sosnowski's boxing journey was his challenge for the WBC heavyweight title against Vitali Klitschko on May 29, 2010. Although Sosnowski ultimately lost the bout by a 10th-round knockout, his performance against one of the heavyweight division's dominant figures of the time underscored his status as a formidable contender. Sosnowski's decision to cancel a defence against Audley Harrison for a shot at Klitschko's WBC title exemplified the ambition and courage that defined his career.

Throughout his professional boxing career, Albert Sosnowski showcased the heart and resilience characteristic of champions. His journey from a promising debutant to challenging for the WBC heavyweight title illustrates the high stakes and fierce competition of professional boxing.