New Jersey junior middleweight Pawel Wolak spoke to RingTV.com about his thrilling 10-round majority draw with Delvin Rodriguez on Friday night in New York.
Wolak (29-1-1, 19 knockouts) fought from the sixth round on with a large and grotesque hematoma over his right eye that extended down his right cheek and made him a one-eyed fighter.
Wolak had to settle for the draw but he extended his unbeaten streak to 8-0-1, including five knockouts. He was coming off a sixth-round stoppage of former WBA champion Yuri Foreman (28-2, eight KOs) in March.
Wolak on Sunday discussed the fight and his eye injury in this Q&A.
RingTV.com: How is the right eye?
It's gone down around my eye a little bit, but I'm still black and blue and a little discolored. I can actually see through my right eye now, though, if I close my left eye. This was just this morning.
RingTV.com: Can you talk about your post-fight experience as far as the trip to the hospital?
It was tender, but I knew that there wouldn't be any bones broken. I mean it was swollen to hell, but the eye doctor pried it open and examined the eye. I could see light and I could read letters.
I could move my eye left, right and up and down. He used a gadget to check the pressure in the eye, and determined that it was all right. Everything in the eye was OK, it's just swollen now.
RingTV.com: What did they suggest you do to treat it?
Ice is good in the beginning, but now, I've just got to wait it out. The blood and everything has to be flushed out of your face. It just takes time. It's just the flesh. Everything on the inside of the eye is fine. They said that it would be swollen for about three weeks.
RingTV.com: How long will you be out of the ring and away from training as well as from your construction job?
But my body is feeling better than I have ever felt after a fight. Usually, I'm sore in my back and my shoulders or whatever. But I feel perfectly fine, even though it was a 10-round fight. There's no bruising on my body. Nothing's wrong with my shoulders, my legs or my back. Everything's fine. It's just this ridiculous swelling.
RingTV.com: What caused the swelling?
By Round 6, man, it was like very big. From that round on, I was only seeing through one eye. I couldn't see through it much at all. As the fight went on, there was like nothing to see.
RingTV.com: What kept you going?
I wasn't getting beat up. I'm glad that the doctors made the right decision. I couldn't see much, but I wasn't hurt. So I was glad with the decision.
RingTV.com: What sort of reaction have you received from your fans?