By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“I don’t have a precise plan how to fight Glazkov. Of course, there are a bunch of options we prepared with my trainer Roger Bloodworth – we won’t talk about it – but there’s no one blueprint. Just like there’s no blueprint how to fight me. I like to see what the other guy is doing in the ring and then make his life difficult,” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. Adamek is ready to fight unbeaten 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (16-0, 11 KOs) on March 15 for the IBF North American heavyweight title and an IBF #2 eliminator at the Sands Resort and Casino in Bethlehem, PA. Adamek-Glazkov, promoted by Main Events, will be a NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” headliner.
When “Czar” Glazkov talks about you in media interviews, he mostly compliments your championship experience. Not much more. Do you also believe that experience is your biggest asset in this fight?
We’ll know shortly, won’t we? I’m not paying attention to what Glazkov thinks about me, one way or another. I also don’t know how good he is. This is one of the reasons why I don’t want to go in the discussions if he deserves the fight with me, if he’s a Top 10 or Top 15 heavyweight. I don’t know and for now, I don’t care. The ring will tell me how good he is.
When “Czar” talks about your fighting strengths, he talks about your close-quarters skills. When you shorten the distance, you become dangerous. But when Malik Scott kept him away with his jab, Glazkov appeared lost.
I don’t have a precise plan how to fight Glazkov. Of course, there are a bunch of options we prepared with my trainer Roger Bloodworth – we won’t talk about it – but there’s no one blueprint. Just like there’s no blueprint how to fight me. I like to see what the other guy is doing in the ring and then make his life difficult. Roger knows what I’m doing, he trusts me.
Any question being asked more often than other when you talk to the press?
Maybe why do I choose the IBF road, instead of the WBC.
And your answer?
Because the IBF champion is the best heavyweight fighter in the world – Wladimir Klitschko. I lost to his brother, I want to beat him. I want to beat best fighter in the world.
There’s Kubrat Pulev between you and Wladimir. He’s closer.
The champion decides who he fights. We all know that.
Adamek vs. Glazkow is well promoted as a “crossroads” fight. Who has got more to lose?
We’re in the same boat. The point is: who will forget about all this crossroads talk when we step in to fight? Most of the fighters are, of course, saying that the pressure isn’t bothering them; what’s at stake makes no difference. And then you have to prove it in the ring. Let’s see. Maybe some doubt that, but being 37, I still love boxing. I’m still hungry knowing that there’s no time to waste.