By Gaël Arcuset
The Gironde is in mourning. Yesterday, Thursday October 8, 2020, she lost one of her greatest champions. Jean-Marie Pietrzak, child of Cadillac, full-contact world champion, died in a traffic accident.
His disappearance is experienced as a terrible tragedy by those close to him.
Because Jean-Marie Pietrzak, at the height of his 27 years, was a person as low-key as he was endearing. A guy with “a huge heart,” his friends say. He was the chairman of Multiboxe Sud-Gironde, based at Langon.
Yes Jean-Marie Pietrzak He also loved handball fields, it was in full contact that he excelled, becoming, for the youngest, a real model.
Jean-Marie Pietrzak puts Europe at his feet
April 13, 2019, at Saint-Yzan-de-Soudiac, in the north of Gironde, he had won his first professional European belt. The culmination of several months of hard work, alongside, in particular, his father Frédéric who was training him. His father then confided in Republican South-Gironde :
"When Jean-Marie begins his training, he invests himself from start to finish. He doesn't stop when he's tired. He stops when it's the end."
"A very great sportsman"
A Stakhanovist. A hard worker. Tough on evil. Able to endure all suffering to reach his goal. "He was a very great sportsman, assures us Greg Bonet, of the Multiboxe Sud-Gironde. An exceptional boxing partner. "
To glean his first professional European belt, Jean-Marie Pietrzak had undergone a quasi-military preparation. In three months, the Cadillacais had lost 11 kg and worked his mental steel. Faced with a Portuguese, reputed to be a “hitter”, Jean-Marie Pietrzak had known how to make the fight easy.
But the young champion did not want to stop there. After dominating Europe, Jean-Marie Pietrzak nurtured a new ambition: to conquer the world among professionals. "We're going to try something else next year," he told the Republican South-Gironde. The world title … We can't stop there. "
Become full-contact world champion in the under 67 kg category. More than a dream, it was a mission for Jean-Marie Pietrzak. It is said that the appetite comes with eating. He was hungry like a wolf.
Training 7 days a week. Technique. Physics. The champion hadn't neglected any detail. And the child of Cadillac arrived there, on March 7, 2020, in Pessac, in the last three rounds of a fight that will be remembered:
"In the 7th, 8th round, the judges put us on an equal footing. It was in the last three that I was able to gain the upper hand by a few points. I won this new belt thanks to an extra freshness and a big mental."
By becoming world champion, Jean-Marie Pietrzak "reached the Grail"
In front of Nicolaj Christensen, a great customer, himself world champion in 2019, Jean-Marie Pietrzak had triumphed. The key to success? Perhaps the "steel mind" of the boxer from Gironde.
On top of the world, Jean-Marie Pietrzak then confided to Republican : "We have just reached the Grail. "
Today, many are mourning the one who will remain in the legend of the South-Girondin sport. On social media, Julien Roy, one of his friends, wrote these words:
"Today, a terrible news that is barely believable comes to tear our hearts out. We are losing a comrade, a friend, a brother … The boxing family loses a champion, an example, a fan (…) You remain in our heads, our thoughts, in our hearts, our champion, our legend. "
Farewell champion, rest in peace.
To the family and relatives of Jean-Marie Pietrzak, the drafting of Republican extends its deepest condolences.