Pawel Wolak Retires from Boxing After Loss to Delvin Rodriguez

First LastCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Pawel Wolak (L) of the United States throws punch against Delvin Rodriguez of the United States during their IBA Intercontinental Junior Middleweight Title fight at Madison Square Garden on December 3, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Former light middleweight boxer Pawel Wolak has officially retired from boxing after suffering the second loss of his career versus Delvin Rodriguez this past weekend.

It was a rematch of a fight that resulted in a draw and was shown on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito II pay-per-view event in New York.

After 10 rounds, including a brutal last round in which Rodriguez landed 61 power punches, the Polish boxer lost a unanimous decision with the scores 91-98, 92-98 and 90-100.

The 31-year-old announced his retirement via Facebook and Twitter earlier today.

I am at peace with my decision to retire from boxing.  I left it all in the ring and I have absolutely no regrets.  I got to do what most people will never be able to and I couldn’t be more proud to have been part of the best sport in the world.  I will stay active, busy and in boxing shape as I have done since 17 years old but I hope to help other fighters in the NY area in their careers.  The list of people to thank is too long but you all know you are.  Thank you to my core team, my family, my friends and the fans who have made me a better husband, man, father, son and fighter.  I am forever grateful.  Thank you to Top Rank for always having my back and to the boxing media who have always been fair and treated me with respect. 

Nicknamed the "Raging Bull," Wolak was known for his aggressive fighting style and relentless pressure. His biggest victory came against Yuri Foreman earlier this year and would set him up for the biggest paydays of his career.

Outside of boxing, Wolak works full time in construction. It was his plan to keep doing so until an opportunity rose to fight for a world title.

Wolak will leave a 29-2-1 record behind, including a 2011 Fight of the Year contender in his first fight with Rodriguez.