Boxing museum opens in Warsaw

A boxing museum highlighting the glory days of Polish pugilism has opened at Warsaw’s Gwardia Hall sports arena. The museum has been named after Polish coach Feliks Stamm, who trained Polish boxers for seven consecutive Olympic Games between 1936 and 1968. He died in April 1976.

The highlights of the collection include a belt belonging to the 1953 European featherweight champion Józef Kruża, and the gloves of 1960 Olympic runner-up Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, who at the time lost against America’s Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali.

“The history of boxing in this legendary (…) facility has come full circle,” said Paula Stamm, the great-granddaughter of the famous coach and the woman who came up with the idea of opening the museum.

“As we open this museum let us recall the memorable [victory in] May 1953, when Polish boxers scooped ten medals at the tenth European championships: five gold, two silver and two bronze, achieving unprecedented success in a tournament of such importance,” she added.

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