Cameron Dunkin said he has added New Jersey middleweight contender Pawel Wolak to his large stable of fighters, confirming a report on ESPN.com.
The Las Vegas-based manager handles some of the premier names in the sport, including Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Kelly Pavlik.
"Pawel Wolak is a humble, nice guy, and he just fits for me," Dunkin said of the Polish-born slugger, whose contract with former manager Ivan Edwards expired on July 1. "Those are the kinds of guys that I look for."
Dunkin said he met with Wolak for two hours in a restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Wolak was in town to attend the Amir Khan-Zab Judah fight on July 23,
"We met in a booth and just sort of hit it off when we started talking," Dunkin said. "He was so genuine and polite that you really, really want to do right by this guy."
Said Wolak: "I spoke for a while with Cameron Dunkin. He sent me a preliminary contract. I looked at it, made some changes, and that was it. I got a three-year deal. I just think that it's a perfect situation for me," Wolak said. "Everything was said the right way, it's looking really, really good. I've got to get my butt into the gym, and that's about it. I feel really good about it, and I'm very happy at this point."
Wolak, a former high school wrestler, is married, has a two-year-old son and trains around a full-time construction job.
"I have a wife, a child and a house," Wolak said. "So I've got to make money, it's as simple as that."
Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) is 8-0-1 over his past nine bouts, including five KOs. He is coming off a majority draw against Delvin Rodriguez on July 15 that is considered a candidate for Fight of The Year.
Wolak fought on despite having suffered severe cuts and swelling around both eyes, including a large, tennis-ball-sized hematoma over his right eye that impaired his vision. His effort thrilled the enthusiastic crowd at New York's Roseland Ballroom.
"Pawel is just an exciting guy to watch with a ton of heart who always gives it everything that he's got," Dunkin said.
Top Rank Chariman Bob Arum told RingTV.com that Wolak could fight on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card on Dec. 3 in New York.
Top Rank has promised Wolak "a minimum of three fights per year," said the fighter, adding, "For the past two years, they've held up to that deal exactly."
"I know that Top Rank really likes him, and [match maker] Bruce Trampler thinks the world of him, and (match maker) Brad Goodman loves him," said Dunkin. "They want him for Dec. 3 for sure. We have to ask him if he wants to wait until then or if he wants to fight before then, because his last fight was a hell of a fight."
If not a rematch with Rodriguez, another possibility for Wolak is IBF titlist Cornelius Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs).
"Cornelius Bundrage has been coming up as a possible name for me, and I think that coming back on the Cotto card is probably the best thing for me," said Wolak. "Because I need some time to rest, and there are some things that I need to do and to work on in the gym."
Wolak said that his right eye is healing.
"It's fine now. It looks normal, but it's a little bit sensitive to the touch. There's a small bump, but it's nothing," said Wolak. "Physically, I'm fine. I've been doing some light shadowboxing, getting my rhythm and my timing down, doing some heavy bag work and some pad work."