DON KING: 'MARIO PRESKAR IS A WHITE MIKE TYSON !'
After almost 1 year, (50 weeks to be exact) 21 year-old Croatian heavyweight boxer undefeated Mario Preskar 7-0-1 (218 lbs.) won in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday, October 15, 2005. Working very fast, Preskar exposed much heavier opponent Vlado Szabo (242 lbs) in 2 quick rounds scoring a TKO win. Szabo could not answer the bell at the start of third round after being knocked down by a vicious uppercut at the end of the round two. 'I started working my jab, and was breaking down his guard. Then I went head, body, head and I was really opening him up. It was just a matter of time,' said jubilant Preskar. 'I waited a really long time for this match, but after a tremendous training camp I’m much stronger, as fast and more explosive. I want to fight anybody that my manager schedules.' Leonard Pijetraj who is a former world-class competitor and Preskar’s manager/trainer urged Preskar’s promoter Don King to visit Croatia at the invitation of President Stjepan Mesic and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic. King promoted over 500 world championship fights so far. Nearly 100 boxers have earned $1 million or more in Don King Productions promoted fights so far.
'Croatians are beautiful people, who have alone won their independence," said King. American promoter is convinced that Mario Preskar has tremendous potential and that one day he will be a World Heavyweight Champion. The real reason for King’s visit to Croatia is to promote Preskar’s matches and to negotiate a TV contract. Don King set all kinds of viewing records with TV, pay-per-view TV and close circuit TV. Public wants raw puncher, aggressive fighting style and that is just what Preskar has. During his 15 months over 2 years in the United States Preskar sparred with some of the biggest names in Heavyweight division and according to his trainer Pijetraj won over 90% of rounds. Don King people closely watched many of those sparring sessions. They know what they have in Preskar. With the right TV contract that is already agreed to in principle we are going to see a lot more of Mario Preskar. His next fight is scheduled for November 26, 2005 in Leverkusen, Germany.