By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
The saying “There’s always something going on in New York City” was even more true on Friday afternoon when it comes to boxing. It started with the Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens weigh in for the huge K2 Promotions/HBO event this Saturday night and ended with Main Events’ Tomasz “Góral” Adamek-Vyacheslaw Glazkov press conference announcing November 16 heavyweight clash on the NBC network. Both fighters are in top shape and their styles promise constant action. Knowing Adamek’s history of ring toughness, “Czar” from Ukraine knows that to beat “Góral” for the #2 IBF spot, he will have to have fight of his life. For more reasons than just rankings.
Adamek-Glazkov is called “a tough fight between two friends” by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who represents both fighters. She said she will watch this bout “with a broken heart.” Looking back, it’s easy to understand why. Adamek is a very important part of Main Events’ recent history – his first win over then IBF cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham in 2008 and triumph over highly rated Chris Arreola in 2010, helped both him and Main Events be who they are today – an elite fighter and elite promotional company. Duva dismisses a notion that eight years younger “Czar” is Main Events idea of an Adamek replacement.
“I heard that, of course, but this makes no sense. Adamek is a top heavyweight who wants and has to prove that he can beat a new generation, the younger, hungry fighters and still fight for the championship title. Glazkow wants to prove that he deserves to be considered one of the top heavyweights today. There’s nothing sinister about this fight. We don’t have to cheer for one or another. We can love them both,” said Duva, talking to Fightnews.com before Friday’s Manhattan press conference.
Very strong and skilled, Glazkov is getting one of the toughest tests in the division for one more reason – because both Duva and Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth believe that Polish fighter, who lives with his family in New Jersey, needs to fight more than once a year. “Glazkov fights Adamek, beacuse guys like Chris Arreola or Deontay Wilder said no when we offered them a Tomek fight. And we know how important is for Adamek to be in the ring, to keep going,” said Duva during the press conference.
“I know what I’m up to fighting Adamek. I know how good he is. But I also feel that I’m on his level – a level high enough to beat him” said Glazkov (16-0, 11 KOs).
To do that, he has to go through Adamek on the NBC network in front of audience larger than any HBO or Showtime event, with exception of truly rare PPV event. With pressure that Adamek can handle like not many fighters around.
“As you know, I just don’t get nervous. I don’t even understand the concept. And Roger is always telling me that I’m better in the ring, with the TV lights on, than during even best sparring sessions. Knowing how good this training camp was, if I would be Glazkov, I would worry a little,” said Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) eating early dinner next to Madison Square Garden.
I don’t know if he was alluding to the fact that Glazkov was his sparring partner before his August win over Dominic Guinn and according to some eyewitness reports, “Czar” was doing “very well” against Adamek.
What was this experience worth? We’ll find out on November 16.