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Dawid Kostecki (27 June 1981 – 2 August 2019) was a Polish professional boxer who fought at light heavyweight.[1][2]

Dawid Kostecki
Statistics
Nickname(s)Cygan ("Gypsy")
Weight(s)Light-heavyweight
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
NationalityPolish
Born(1981-06-27)27 June 1981
Rzeszów, Poland
Died2 August 2019(2019-08-02) (aged 38)
Warsaw, Poland
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights41
Wins39
Wins by KO25
Losses2
Draws0

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Personal lifeEdit

Kostecki was born in Rzeszów, Poland. He married Edyta and they had four children, who inherited his Polish-Romani ancestry.

Boxing titlesEdit

  • WBC Youth Light Heavyweight Title (2004)
  • WBF Light Heavyweight Title (2005)
  • IBC Light Heavyweight Title (2010)
  • (2) WBF Light Heavyweight Title (2010)
  • WBC Baltic Light Heavyweight Title (2010)
  • WBA Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Title (2011)

Scheduled bout against Roy Jones Jr.Edit

Dawid Kostecki is best remembered in boxing circles for a scheduled bout which never took place. In a major opportunity bout which could have propelled Kostecki into the worldwide light heavyweight ratings, Roy Jones was supposed to face Kostecki in a 10 round bout at Atlas Arena on 30 June 2012. Days before the fight, Kostecki was convicted of being the ringleader of a criminal organization and was imprisoned. Another Polish boxer, Paweł Głażewski stepped in to fight Jones instead. Jones defeated the 17-0 Głażewski by 10 round split decision. Kostecki missed the career change of a lifetime by now being able to fight the legendary ex-world champion Jones, who had signed for the bout, who showed up in Poland contractually anyway, and who fought a different Polish contender instead.

Escort business and prisonEdit

On 31 October 2011, the District Court in Rzeszów sentenced Kostecki to 2.5 years in prison for setting up and co-owning a criminal group. From 2003 to 2007 the group conducted three escort agencies. Investigators also accused him of trafficking in amphetamine, but the court acquitted him of the charge. He lodged an appeal. On 10 May 2012 the Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of 2.5 years imprisonment. On 13 August 2014, he was released from prison early.[3] He was subsequently returned to prison again in Warsaw in 2016 for five years after his fifth conviction, for drug trafficking, car theft, running a prostitution escort ring, and income tax evasion.[4]

Comeback to ringEdit

After emerging from prison in 2014, Kostecki extended his contract by four years with Andrzej Wasilewski, owner of the Poland's Knockout Promotions.[5] Kostecki's comeback attempt ended in failure as he lost an eight round decision to Andrzej Soldra in Krakow Arena in Krakow Poland on 8 November 2014. Kostecki never fought again, finishing with a pro record of 39-2 with 25 knockouts.[4]

DeathEdit

Kostecki committed suicide by hanging in a Warsaw prison using bedsheets on 2 August 2019. He was survived by his wife and children.

Professional recordEdit

39 Wins (25 knockouts), 2 Loss, 0 Draw[6]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 39-2   Andrzej Sołdra UD 8 2014-11-08   Kraków
Win 39–1   Sandro Siproshvili UD 6 2012-04-21   Zabrze
Win 38–1   Byron Mitchell KO 4 (10) 2011-12-03   Warszawa Retained WBC Baltic and WBA Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight titles
Win 37–1   Lolenga Mock UD 10 2011-06-25   Rzeszów Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title

Retained WBC Baltic Light Heavyweight title

Win 36–1   Juan Nelongo UD 6 2011-03-05   Krynica Zdrój
Win 35–1   Shawn Corbin TKO 4 (10) 2010-10-23   Warszawa Won vacant WBC Baltic Light Heavyweight title
Win 34–1   Giulian Ilie UD 12 2010-04-24   Gdynia Won vacant WBF Light Heavyweight title
Win 33–1   Dario Cichello TKO 7 (12) 2010-02-06   Rzeszów Won vacant IBC Light Heavyweight title
Win 32–1   Istvan Varga TKO 1 (8) 2009-12-18   Łódź
Win 31–1   Grzegorz Soszyński UD 10 2009-10-24   Łódź
Win 30–1   Martial Bella Oleme UD 8 2009-02-28   Lublin
Win 29–1   Samson Onyango TKO 5 (10) 2008-12-13   Ketrzyn
Win 28–1   Marcelo Leandro Da Silva TKO 1 (8) 2008-09-14   Kielce
Win 27–1   Armen Azizian UD 8 2008-02-29   Lublin
Win 26–1   Antonio Pedro Quiganga TKO 2 (10) 2007-12-15   Rzeszów
Win 25–1   Bernard Donfack UD 8 2007-10-13   Moscow
Win 24–1   Paul David KO 1 (8) 2007-09-22   Bytom
Win 23–1   Ramdane Serdjane DQ 6 (8) 2006-10-28   Dębica
Win 22–1   Andreas Günther KO 2 (6) 2006-07-01   Kepno
Loss 21–1   Rachid Kanfouah KO 9 (12) 2006-05-06   Krosno For vacant IBC Light Heavyweight title
Win 21–0   Richard Nwoba KO 2 (10) 2006-01-21   Busko Zdrój
Win 20–0   Ismail Abdoul UD 12 2005-10-15   Rzeszów Won vacant WBF Light Heavyweight title
Win 19–0   Joseph Marwa TKO 5 (10) 2005-05-21   Zdzieszowice
Win 18–0   Mukadi Shambuyi KO 3 (10) 2005-03-12   Poznań Retained WBC Youth Light Heavyweight title
Win 17–0   Tucker Lambert KO 3 (6) 2005-01-21   Elk Grove
Win 16–0   Dhafir Smith UD 10 2004-12-19   Rzeszów Retained WBC Youth Light Heavyweight title
Win 15–0   Talal Santiago PTS 6 2004-11-20   Strzelce Opolskie
Win 14–0   Gasper Mathew TKO 5 (10) 2004-09-25   Opole Won vacant WBC Youth Light Heavyweight title
Win 13–0   Dmitry Treskov TKO 6 (6) 2004-06-05   Dąbrowa Górnicza
Win 12–0   Ivica Cukusic KO 2 (6) 2004-04-24   Dąbrowa Górnicza
Win 11–0   George Adipo Odour TKO 6 (6) 2004-03-27   Radom
Win 10–0   Stefan Stanko KO 1 (4) 2004-03-13   Berlin
Win 9–0   Pavel Zima TKO 3 (6) 2003-12-13   Opole
Win 8–0   Otto Nemeth TKO 2 (6) 2003-10-24   Wrocław
Win 7–0   Bruce Özbek PTS 6 2003-09-27   Gorzów Wielkopolski
Win 6–0   Florian Benche PTS 4 2003-06-28   Opole
Win 5–0   Dmitry Adamovich KO 3 (4) 2002-05-24   Płońsk
Win 4–0   Sandor Szakaly TKO 1 (6) 2002-04-13   Bielsko Biała
Win 3–0   Piotr Ścieszka TKO 2 (4) 2002-02-23   Włocławek
Win 2–0   unknown KO 2 (4) 2001-12-29   Konin
Win 1–0   Marcin Najman TKO 4 (4) 2001-11-24   Łódź Kostecki's professional debut.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tragiczna śmierć polskiego pięściarza. Dawid Kostecki miał 38 lat" (in Polish). 2 August 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  2. ^ Professional boxing record for Dawid Kostecki from BoxRec. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. ^ Sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. WP.PL
  4. ^ a b Brizel, Robert (3 August 2019). "Light Heavyweight Champ Dawid 'Gypsy' Kostecki Dies in a Warsaw Prison at 38". REAL COMBAT MEDIA. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  5. ^ Comeback. Przegląd Sportowy
  6. ^ "Boxing record". Retrieved 4 August 2019.