A talented Fareham College business student is proving he has the brains and brawn to go the distance after successfully beating a Hungarian boxing champion at the Olympic Hopes for Boxing Tournament in the Czech Republic.
Student, Mateusz Bereznicki started boxing when he was just ten-years-old and originally took it up as a way to keep fit. Mateusz had his first boxing match when he was 13 and it was then that things really took off for him.
Currently a member of Gosport Boxing Club, where Mateusz trains four times a week, he already has three English national championships under his belt, with the most recent being the Youth Cadet Championship in England last year. His first overseas’ tournament was the Polish Championship earlier this year.
Keen to gain more international experience and box fighters from different nations, and with different styles, he regularly travels to Poland to train at BKS Skorpion. The boxing club is well renowned in the country and provides opportunities for him to compete in more international tournaments.
Mateusz’s other passion is business and he is about to complete his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business at Fareham College in a few weeks. He chose business after studying it at GCSE level and enjoying it. Speaking about juggling his boxing training with his business studies, Mateusz said:
“It is difficult, but my tutors are really supportive. They’ve given me time off for my boxing tournaments and when I’ve returned to college they’ve helped me to finish off my work and catch up on anything I’ve missed. Boxing really helps to keep me motivated and disciplined to do as best as I can, whether that be in the ring or in the classroom.”
Faculty Director for Enterprise and Digital Industries at Fareham College, Ashley Michael, commented:
“We are extremely proud of Mateusz’s sporting achievements. He is extremely dedicated to his sport whilst being an exemplary student who continues to strive for Distinction grades. After his studies at Fareham College, Mateusz hopes to either join the Army boxing team or progress onto an apprenticeship. We continue to wish Mateusz every success.”