RECENTLY arrived in the Costa del Sol, heavyweight boxing hopeful Adam Machaj has high hopes of becoming a British Champion.
Born in Lancashire of Polish parents, the ‘Heat Seeker’, named after an AC/DC track which plays him into the ring, is literally a gentle giant when out of the ring but has a ferocious punch when fighting professionally.
Just last week, he stopped veteran British boxer Tom Dallas – winner of more than 20 fights – in his 11th fight by stopping him in the second round of a televised bout in Bolton.
The 6 foot 8 inch boxer weighs 120 kilos and has an incredible 88 inch reach but he knows that he has to be in peak form if he wants to win a title and trains twice a day in a boxing club in Marbella.
The quietly spoken Adam kindly answered a few questions for RTN to give some insight to his nature and future plans.
What is your greatest fear?
Underachieving in whatever I do.
What is your favourite food?
Pasta with pesto avocado and eggs.
Who would you invite for a meal dead, alive or fictional?
I would invite Paul McKenna to dinner to chat about the unconscious part of the brain.
What is your secret pleasure?
Which is your favourite band?
Music depends on the mood I need to be in – so many favourites there.
Where do you find the energy to keep going?
I find the energy from the fear of under achieving or selling myself short.
Which public figure do you dislike the most?
What song would you like played at your funeral?
I don’t plan on dying soon so haven’t really thought about a song choice for my funeral ha ha.
If you could go back in time when would it be to?
America in the 40s or 50s as things looked so much better then.
What’s top of your bucket list?
Skydiving probably tops the list.
What do you like about yourself most?
My physicality’s the thing I like the most.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Jim Carey – it would have to be as I’m just like him out the ring, forever joking or making people laugh. I enjoy acting the clown it’s my way of dealing with the monotony of training twice a day.
What was your ambition when a child?
My ambition as a child was to be the best roller blader on the street ha ha which I achieved, but as an adult this question takes on a whole different realm.
Why did you become a boxer?
I once worked at National Grid (gas board). I was sat in the van covered in mud soaked wet through, it had been another hard and testing day. All the lads talked about boxing and I said I could be a boxer, they all laughed. I said I‘ll prove you all wrong you’ll see and here we are.
What do you like about the Costa del Sol?
The costa heat and people is what draws me.
Where were you born?
Born in the UK.
Do you get to Poland Often?
Poland I visit a couple of times a year its great. Krakow.
Who would you like to box most?
I would like to get into big money fights the opponent doesn’t matter I fear no man.
What is your next fight?
Next opponent will be strategically chosen and is to be advised.
What question should I have asked?
Ha ha the question you should have asked was … ”What’s it all about Alfie?”