Report and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
After final press conference before NBC “Fight Night” , this Saturday, starting 4 PM EST, there’s no question that all four fighters on the card are very sure they will be winners. “There will be four heavyweights on NBC and most likely at least one of us will get down and I’m pretty sure everybody will get hurt. But this is the sport we choose,” – said Tor Hamer.
Hamer, just like his rival on Saturday, Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Glazkov and the main event fighters – Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham – are very confident that they have skills and knowledge to beat the other guy. Good news for the practically sold out event at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA and every boxing fan who decides to tune in on Saturday afternoon watching world class fighters on free TV. The card is presented by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing, DiBella Entertainment and Pushka.
There’s no question that NBC viewers and lucky fans with tickets will see top talent. Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs) is a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, who already tried to get his third title in the heavyweight division; Cunningham (25-4, 12 KOs) is a very accomplished two-time cruiserweight champion; Hamer (19-1, 12 KOs) just won the Prizefighter Tournament in London and Glazkov (13-0, 9 KOs) is a former Olympic bronze medalist and silver medalist from the world championships in Chicago.
“Wherever I go, I feel at home and always consider myself the favorite – no matter who I’m fighting. This fight on NBC against Hamer will be no exception,” said a very confident Glazkov during Thursday’s presser.
Hamer was not overly impressed with fighter from Ukraine. “Glazkov, like all fighters from Europe, have a very predictable, same style of fighting. I will be fine, I know exactly what I should do to beat Glazkow,” said fighter from New York.
“You don’t say no, when you can fight Tomasz Adamek and you can have his position in heavyweight rankings when you beat him. But this one is not personal – I have nothing against him. He won first fight in 2008 fair and square: two judges saw him winning the fight, one said it was me – this fight on Saturday will have nothing to do with the first one but I hope it will be as good,” stated Cunningham, who hopes that this time he will not see only waves of red and white, Polish national flag colors, when he fights Adamek. “The first time in Newark it was worse than fighting in Poland. This time I hope we will have more balance in the stands.”
“You need two to tango – I’m ready for war in the ring. It will be up to Steve to do the same,” said Adamek, who did not appear convinced that Cunningham will want to trade punches with him. “I have a new trainer, new style, new body – I’m a different fighter, but my heart and toughness is still the same. Still I’m the same mountain boy. I have no doubt that Steve will be a better fighter than he was four years ago. Bigger, stronger, better – those words are on the fight poster. I’m for sure of all that.”