By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle / Main Events
Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) put on the greatest performance of his professional career, in taking a one sided twelve round unanimous decision victory over Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) an capturing the IBF North American heavyweight belt and the #2 spot in the IBF before a sellout crowd at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Main Events and televised live on NBCSN, saw light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) put on a boxing exhibition in winning a completely one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over “Drago’s Son” Denis Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs).
The main event of the evening was a battle for Tomasz “Goral” Adamek’s NABF heavyweight title and a #2 spot in the NABF ranking. Adamek appeared to be the clear favorite and looked confident as he entered the ring to face the much less experienced Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov. Many of the writers at ringside expected Adamek to win by a late stoppage or a one sided points victory. Glazkov was in tip top shape and he looked ready to pull the upset and shock the world.
The more experienced Adamek came out with a series of jabs and movement. The younger Glazkov found two hard right hands which rocked Adamek late and he took the confidence in round two, pressing the attack. Glazkov showed why he is nicknamed the Czar as he banged sharp jabs and straight lefts that puffed up the right eye of the IBF North American champion. The damage continued throughout the round and Adamek’s right cheek and eyelid puffed up considerably.
Adamek looked frustrated in the third, as Vyacheslav was consistently beating him to the punch and all he could do was to try to move and land single jabs. Glazkov was finding the mark with almost everything he threw, while targeting the right eye of Adamek and it looked to be almost closed as the round came to an end. However, Adamek’s team did a good job in the corner, keeping the eye open enough throughout to allow him to continue.
The “Czar” continued to dominate throughout the fourth round and in the fifth he caught Adamek with a strong right. Adamek took a step back, but Glazkov was careful not to get into a slugfest with the more experience champion. Glazkov seemed to see something that was tipping off Adamek’s combinations and he would land inside the wide swings with strong right hands and his straight lefts would block any right counters.
The frustration continued for Adamek in the sixth round, as he was constantly getting pounded by straight lefts and left hooks which had him backing around the ring. Late in the round, Adamek finally found his mark with a big right, but it did little damage. Moments later Glazkov stood him up with a strong well timed right upper cut.
Glazkov continued his dominance and rocked Adamek in the eighth round with a short right, but Tomasz recovered quickly.
In the ninth round, Adamek was caught in the corner and Glazkov unloaded a four punch combo. Adamek slipped out of the corner to avoid any further damage. The razor like single shots from Glazkov continued and Adamek was spitting out blood as the round came to a close.
Glazkov tired in the tenth and Adamek finally started finding his distance with his jabs and the occasional right hand. Vyacheslav blocked many of his swings though and finished the round with two big right hands that made the round close.
The faster Glazkov went back to picking Adamek apart in the eleventh round with his superior reach and sharp lefts up top. When Adamek did find his mark with a big right hand, The Czar just shook it off and continued to box and move. The right did put a big mouse under the left eye of Glazkov.
Adamek desperately went on the attack as Glazkov looked to be losing his steam in the twelfth and final round. Adamek and Glazkov swung away in the final twenty seconds of the round, but neither could land a telling, shot sending the fight to the scorecards.
All three officials saw it clearly in favor of Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1, 12 KOs) by scores of 117-110, 117-111 and 116-112 giving him the biggest win of his career and the #2 spot in the IBF ratings.
Chilemba routs Grachev
WBC #2 ranked light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (22-2-2, 9KOs) used his superior reach and slick boxing skills to eventually beat down WBC #7 Denis “Drago’s son” Grachev (13-3-1, 8KOs) by scores of 100-90 and 99-91×2 respectively. Grachev pressed the attack throughout, but Chilemba was elusive and timed his rushes with well-timed counters. Grachev began to tire from the constant shots that caught him as he lunged in as the rounds progressed.
Chilemba was in control throughout the bout with his faster hands and good defense. By round seven Grachev was cut both under and over the right eye. Late in the seventh Chilemba avoided a lunging rush and spun him around with a big right hand and left hook. The upper cuts from Chilemba were now finding their mark.
Chilemba came out in the eighth round, controlling the inside and it looked like it he could go on cruise control. Grachev almost changed the tide as he stunned Chilemba with a big right hand. Chilemba recovered quickly and landed two big right hands of his own as both fighters swung away until the final bell sounded to end the round.
The bloody Grachev continued to gamely throw haymakers in the ninth and tenth rounds round, but Isaac Chilemba’s defense and movement avoided them, while countering with good shots of his own.
All three judges saw the bout clearly in favor of Isaac Chilemba (22-2-2, 9KOs) by scores of 100-90 and 99-91 x 2 respectively for the one sided unanimous decision victory.
Cintron outboxes Cruz
In a give and take welterweight turf war, former IBF welterweight title holder Kermit “El Asesino” Cintron (35-5-2, 28KOs) of Reading, PA outslugged rugged local scrapper Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15KOs) of Bethlehem, PA to capture a ten round unanimous decision by scores of 96-94 across the board. Cruz fought gamely throughout with good bodywork. Cintron was used his good defense and heavy hooks up top to control the ring throughout in capturing the unanimous decision victory.
Dargan wins a snoozer
Former two time US amateur champion, Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (15-0, 7KOs) captured a methodical, but one sided unanimous decision over Chazz McDowell (6-5-1,1KO) by scores of 80-72 across the board. The fight was a snoozer as McDowell spent most of the night moving and trying to survive. Dargan very rarely cut off the ring or let his hands truly go, instead he jabbed effectively and boxed his way to less than exciting one sided victory.
Williams draws with Rodriquez
In a battle of undefeated southpaws, Brandon Williams appeared to have out worked hometown favorite Jerome Rodriquez over six rounds to capture this hard fought junior welterweight contest. The judges however, saw it differently, as one official surprisingly had it 58-57 in favor of Rodriquez. The second official had it 59-55 Williams as did Fight News while the third judge saw it 57-57 for the split draw. Rodriquez slides to 6-0-3, 2KOs while Brandon Williams moves to 3-0-1.
Acevedo and Crespo leave unfinished business in the ring
In the four round super bantamweight walkout bout of the evening, debuting Puerto Rican Luis Acevedo fought to a spirited majority draw with Josh Crespo of New Haven, CT. Acevedo had the better boxing skills, but Crespo landed the bigger shots throughout. One judge saw the bout 39-37 in favor of Crespo, but was overruled, as the other two officials scored it 38-38 even for the majority draw.
Rivas tames James
In the opening bout of the evening, undefeated welterweight Nathaniel Rivas upped to his record to 3-0,1KO with a third round stoppage of Terrell James (1-2-1). The steady combinations from Rivas eventually wore down James. Rivas hurt James with a hard left hook in the third. James backed to the ropes. Rivas unloaded with four unanswered shots as James tried swing back. The last punch dropped James hands. Referee Shawn Clark had seen enough and stepped in and called a halt to the contest at 2:37 of the third round.