The battle between Mateusz Masternak and Chris Pillam Smith was exciting. The WBO cruiserweight world champion belt was on the line. Unfortunately, it eventually fell into British hands. This was met with even greater shock from the fans because The Pole clearly dominated his opponent in almost all rounds.
During the fight But Masternak suffered an injury and his corner decided to throw in the white towel at the beginning of the eighth round. In his opinion, this was the only correct decision. Moving became more difficult for the 36-year-old, and a grimace of pain appeared on his face. As it turned out, the boxer suffered a serious rib injury.
On the “Ring TVP Sport” program, the Polishman did not hide his great disappointment at the outcome of his fight with Bellam Smith. He has been dreaming of the championship belt for a long time. He then announced that he would end his career in 2024.
My dream was to make history as the sixth Pole to carry the championship belt on his hips. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do it again. Now it is difficult for me to look into the future. But I think 2024 will be my last year in professional boxing
~ Mateusz Masternak in “Ring TVP Sport”
Vitali Klitschko supports Matthews Masternak
After losing the fight in such circumstances, the Pole received many expressions of support from the community and beyond. Although, he didn't expect that Vitali Klitschko will address him directly. The former distinguished boxer, and current mayor of Kiev, wished him well and asked him not to end his career yet.
Matthews, my friend, you are suffering from an injury now. This is a huge disappointment in your career, but never give up, keep fighting and moving forward. Get well soon. I believe you will remain healthy and successful in the coming year. Greetings from Kyiv. Be strong, you should always be a winner for yourself. takes care!
~ Vitali Klitschko via social media
Shortly after the Battle of Masternac He gave his fans positive news. The boxer has already begun his rehabilitation process and is looking forward to the challenges that 2024 will bring.
– From today I start rehabilitating the ribs. I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible. It's time to close one chapter and start another, hopefully just as exciting, he wrote on Facebook.
The 36-year-old's announcement calmed fans who were concerned about his words immediately after the fight with Chris Pillam-Smith. They believe that Matthews Masternak will still have a chance to fight for the championship belt.
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